August 20, 2015 – Search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) has recruited Damien Atkins as general counsel and corporate secretary at Panasonic North America. He becomes the company’s chief legal advisor and will be responsible for providing Panasonic and its North American affiliates with legal and regulatory compliance services.
Mr. Atkins has held numerous roles in his 10 years with AOL, most recently serving as senior vice president, deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer, where he oversaw securities regulation, corporate governance, labor & employment and global compliance matters. He joined AOL from Chadbourne & Parke LLP, where his practice focused on a wide variety of mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and securities law matters.
Mr. Atkins has been recognized for his extensive experience in managing in-house legal teams in securities regulation, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, employment, employee benefits, executive compensation, facilities and global compliance. He was named to the ‘Lawyers of Color 2015 Power List’ representing the nation’s 100 most influential attorneys of color. He was also named to Savoy Magazine’s 2015 list of ‘Most Influential Black Lawyers.’
“Damien Atkins is a respected and experienced leader in managing in-house legal teams,” said Joseph M. Taylor, North America chairman and chief executive officer of Panasonic Corporation. “His expertise in leading mergers & acquisitions activities, managing corporate governance, and ensuring legal compliance in a global brand company aligns well with Panasonic’s plan to grow significantly as a provider of diverse technology solutions for business. We are delighted to have Damien join the Panasonic management team here in Newark.”
Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and solutions for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations.
With offices throughout the U.S., London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, Major, Lindsey & Africa is an executive search firm focused on the legal sector. The firm recently recruited general counsel posts for YRC Worldwide Inc., OhioHealth and Princeton University.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media