July 19, 2017 – BarkerGilmore, a New York-based boutique executive search firm specializing in building corporate legal and compliance teams, has added Maureen Brundage to its coaching and advising team. She joins a group of former general counsel and chief compliance officers that collectively offer a range of advising and coaching services for legal and compliance departments.
Ms. Brundage is former executive vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief ethics officer of the Chubb Corporation. For over 10 years, she led the global law department of the insurance giant, managing a multimillion dollar budget and overseeing legal, regulatory and compliance operations in 25 countries. She was instrumental in redesigning compliance and ethics programs, global risk management and cyber and data security. During her stint at Chubb, she made employees a priority, introducing professional development initiatives, advising the Hispanic and Latino Employee Resource Group and speaking frequently to women’s organizations. Previously, Ms. Brundage was a partner at White & Case LLP, heading the global securities law practice group and leading a worldwide team of more than 150 people.
Ms. Brundage’s experience leading global law departments, including through periods of change and transition, informs her approach to advising services such as succession planning, managing mergers and layoffs, motivation and retention of key individual contributors, corporate secretary function and governance and executive coaching.
Putting Experience to Use
“I realized I had valuable experience and insights to share with others,” Ms. Brundage said, about her decision to accept formal advising and coaching engagements. During her time leading legal departments at both White & Case and Chubb, she mentored members of her team and others who sought her expertise. Since retiring from Chubb, she has been engaged in consulting, advising and coaching. She said she regards her affiliation with BarkerGilmore as a win-win.
“Maureen brings significant insurance industry experience to the team and her dedication to the advancement of others is perfectly aligned with our mission,” said Bob Barker, founder and managing partner of BarkerGilmore.
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Ms. Brundage said she is looking forward to being part of the collaborative spirit and energy of BarkerGilmore. “I am delighted to be joining the BarkerGilmore team, which provides a great platform from which I can share with companies and individuals the expertise I have developed over my career,” she said. “I had known BarkerGilmore’s excellent reputation and was impressed by the stellar group of advisors that had already been assembled, several of whom I know personally. I enjoy collaborating with others, and being part of this group will enable me to do that.”
The consulting arm of BarkerGilmore focuses on practices that will strengthen leadership and lend expert advice for overcoming challenges in the legal and compliance fields. The BarkerGilmore team is made up of leaders from a wide array of industries and experience who are in high demand for their backgrounds in managing complex business issues and motivating individuals.
In May, BarkerGilmore formed an advisory board of 12 former general counsel and chief compliance officers. This team, many of whom have served in Fortune 500 companies, is charged with providing advisory and leadership development services, complementing the firm’s core recruiting business. These consultants offer BarkerGilmore clients access to experience that the firm believes will help them optimize their organizations and accelerate profits.
Mr. Barker sees a powerful synergy between this team and the firm’s clients. “Each member of our team is motivated by a profound passion to help others succeed,” he said. “Together we’re helping clients make better decisions, lead more effectively, and deliver greater business impact.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media