BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • Haydee Ortiz Olinger, who most recently served McDonald’s Corporation as its Global Chief Compliance Officer, adds her expertise to the strategic counsel, leadership development, succession planning, and other services BarkerGilmore advisors provide to legal and compliance departments, CEOs, and boards across the country. Haydee is widely recognized for transforming business operations by succe...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • Leaders today require high Emotional Intelligence (EQ) to succeed. High EQ equates to a person’s success in dealing with stress internally, how the person will react and respond outwardly during difficult situations, and the person’s ability to form trusted relationships. People with high EQ are more often promoted into leadership roles and oftentimes receive higher compensation.  Fortunately, ...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • Staying ahead of the competition, combined with ever-changing priorities, regulations and technology, requires a legal department able to adapt to evolving company strategy and be responsive to the needs of its constituents.Navigating this challenging business climate calls for frequent course correction and a business-minded general counsel (GC) at the helm. The rise of the business-minded GC ...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • After reviewing readership of BarkerGilmore blogs, I discovered that the piece “Recruiting General Counsel: 5 Essential Questions to Ask” was still receiving significant attention. Having written this article in 2014, I realized that the questions were out of date and did not reveal the strategic, business-minded qualities that are in highest demand today. General Counsel today require...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • Being in the executive search business for 29 years, you would think I have seen it all.  Nevertheless, I am still occasionally surprised by the actions of a well-vetted candidate on a job interview.  The following are true, real-life actions that are unforgettable.  Each led to immediate disqualification of their candidacy.  What is most unbelievable is that each candidate came away f...

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BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • Gjon N. Nivica, Jr., who served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Celanese Corporation, the Texas-based Fortune 500 global technology and specialty materials company, has joined the advisory and coaching division of BarkerGilmore, a New York-based boutique executive search firm. The newest member of a distinguished team of Fortune 500 General Counsel and Chief Compliance ...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • What is strategy? A high-level plan of action is a common definition, but that simple explanation doesn’t adequately capture the intensity around the critical role strategy plays in business today. A more comprehensive definition of strategy is working out the company’s best position relative to all the forces present in the competitive environment. Every executive must internalize the...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • Our recent webinar showcased an expert panel discussing how growth in responsibilities and influence impacts recruitment and pay for top legal talent, based on findings from the new Equilar and BarkerGilmore report, General Counsel Pay Trends. Click here to access the WEBINAR RECORDING, and review the REPORT.

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • As the role of top legal officers at public companies continues to evolve, their median total direct compensation (TDC) increased 4%, according to the Equilar & BarkerGilmore General Counsel Pay Trends 2017 report, examining more than 1,100 small, mid and large cap-public companies. When analyzed by revenue range to identify variances, General Counsel at companies with between $1 billi...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • Haydee Ortiz Olinger, who most recently served McDonald’s Corporation as its Global Chief Compliance Officer, has joined the advisory and coaching division of BarkerGilmore, a New York-based boutique executive search firm. The newest member of a distinguished team of former Fortune 500 General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officers, Olinger will add her expertise to the strategic counse...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • Continuing my blog series focused on the dedication to the advancement of others, I reached out to numerous GCs across the country for input.  Business leaders are handsomely rewarded for their dedication to the advancement of others, and the GCs I surveyed are no different.  This dedication results in engaged, committed employees who are well-suited to serve the business.  Goals are m...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • Nearly 60% of C-suite and board executives do not believe they are prepared for GC Succession. How does your company measure up? This year, BarkerGilmore surveyed hundreds of executives in conjunction with NYSE Governance Services on the evolving role of General Counsel in public companies. The survey began as an assessment of GC performance and ended up revealing some surprising figur...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • We are definitely on to something at BarkerGilmore. According to Erin Harrison, former editor-in-chief for Legaltech News, as more legal work remains in-house across corporate America, “legal departments are running more like a business, and the latest figures prove it.” The numbers to which she is referring are cited in the 8th Annual Law Department Operations Survey conducted by the ...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • Leading former General Counsel agree that holding legal department assessments at regular intervals helped them to streamline their legal services, articulate departmental value, enhance communication with executive leadership, and identify and retain top legal talent. For law departments that do not have a prescribed legal operations function, conducting regular assessments is vital t...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • BarkerGilmore is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Coaching and Advising team, Maureen Brundage, the former Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Ethics Officer of The Chubb Corporation. Maureen joins an illustrious team of former General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officers, collectively offering a range of advising and coaching services ...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • In collaboration with NYSE Governance Services, we recently administered a survey to corporate directors and chief executive officers on a variety of topics. The final report, The Power of the Business-Minded GC, A 2017 NYSE Governance Services – BarkerGilmore Survey Report, can be downloaded from our website here.  After reviewing the survey data, there was one response that really hi...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • We all are vulnerable to data security breaches, and, as victims, are left to clean up the mess and clear our good names. A variety of personal breaches recently, including my spouse’s identify theft and the hacking of my own LinkedIn profile, have prompted to me to look into the ever-present threat of hackers who illegally access personal data from a number of sources, including credi...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • As a GC, you encounter much outside of your control - changes in regulations, C-suite turnover, industry transitions. Your legal department is expected to adapt to these changes and operate efficiently despite external obstacles. What you control is how your department handles an ever-changing slate of legal needs. A sure-fire way to earn the respect and attention of the C-suite and th...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • As key players in the executive search industry, our team is exposed to both sides of the coin when it comes to compensation. On a daily basis, we advise client organizations in pursuing solutions to maximize performance and talent in their legal departments, while also networking with potential job candidates, who seek assurance that their pay grade meets industry trends.

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • Without a doubt, the best part of my job is speaking with accomplished leaders. Whether interviewing someone for a high-level search or learning about the culture of a company, I come away from meetings with truly trusted advisors both invigorated and excited to share what I learned with my team and others. Of all the questions I ask, “How do you create a competitive advantage for you...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • I retired a few years ago as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Boehringer Ingelheim USA. Before that I was Global General Counsel for Baxter International, and spent close to 20 years as part of Baxter in both legal and business roles.  Though I started my legal career as an associate with a law firm, it didn’t take me long to realize that being a part...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • (May 8, 2017) BarkerGilmore, a New York-based boutique executive search firm specializing in building corporate legal and compliance teams from the top down, announced a strategic expansion of its firm to include a team of 12 esteemed former general counsel (GC) and chief compliance officers (CCOs). This team, many of whom have served in Fortune 500 companies, will provide advising and...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • We’ve written several articles about the rise of the General Counsel (GC) and the increased role that GCs play as trusted, strategic advisors to CEOs and corporate directors; now I think that it’s time to bring well-deserved attention to the increased role and importance that Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) are making in every industry, nationwide. 

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • First and foremost, I would like to thank so many readers for their kind remarks and endorsement of the recent article 14 Top Mistakes Made by New In-house Counsel. The content for these articles comes first-hand from some of the most successful GCs in the business and the business executives with whom they work. I am asked daily by lawyers aspiring to become a GC, “What must I add to ...

BarkerGilmore LLC
BarkerGilmore LLC
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  • The General Counsel’s role is being transformed by what can be termed the “professional convergence revolution”. Breakthrough innovation mostly happens when diverse groups of people, with different skills and ideas, bump into and learn from each other.[i] Innovators must increasingly be open to new ideas, willing to learn across formal academic disciplines and then build upon existing...

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