ACC Advocates for Stronger General Counsel Influence Amid Growing Regulatory and Business Demands

The Association of Corporate Counsel's (ACC) recommendations on general counsel and corporate governance practices were incorporated into the recently released National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Blue Ribbon Commission on Culture as a Corporate Asset. ACC's thought leadership paper explores how the general counsel can be a key ally in establishing a corporate culture that supports ethical behavior and legal/regulatory compliance. The Blue Ribbon Commission Report picks up on that theme in its recommendation that directors assess whether the general counsel and other key risk management roles are well-positioned within management and in relation to the board to support an appropriate culture. This issue is further discussed in a video by ACC and the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, featuring ACC CEO and President Veta T. Richardson, Gloria Santona, former general counsel of McDonalds, and Ann Mule, associate director of the Weinberg Center.


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Nominate Your Top Performers for the 2018 ACC Executive Leadership Institute

Deadline: 28 February 2018

The ACC Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) is an exclusive, one-of-a-kind master class for rising in-house counsel leaders who demonstrate promise to become general counsel during their career. Participants will roll up their sleeves alongside leading global general counsel and corporate leaders for dynamic and interactive workshops, hypothetical exercises, and roundtable discussions taking their professional development to the next level.

Program Dates: 24-27 July 2018
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Deadline: 28 February 2018

Nominees must report directly to the highest-ranking legal officer of an organization, and hold a title such as deputy general counsel, associate general counsel, managing attorney or general counsel for a division, subsidiary or region of the organization.

Speakers include:
John Blood, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Anheuser-Busch InBev SA and ACC ELI Fellow
Bob Bostrom, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Christine Castellano, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and CCO, Ingredion Incorporated
Justin Choi, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Anixter International
Ricardo Cortés-Monroy, Group General Counsel, Nestlé
D. Cameron Findlay, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Archer Daniels Midland Company
Maria Green, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Ingersoll Rand
Sandra Phillips Rogers, Group Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Toyota Motor North America
Maria Sanz Perez, Executive Vice President, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, AngloGold Ashanti Ltd.
Karen Wilson Thissen, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Ameriprise Financial
James Zappa, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, CHS, Inc., and ACC ELI Fellow

Visit today to submit your nomination.

Questions? Please contact Ramsey Saleeby, Assistant General Counsel & Senior Manager of Program Development at or +1.202.791.3538

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