June 13, 2019 – Executive search firms have been called in to find new general counsels for various organizations this year. Recently, Boston-headquartered executive search firm Polachi Inc. placed former Monotype legal executive Dawn Rogers as the new general counsel of Veracode in Burlington, MA. Partner Charley Polachi spearheaded the assignment.
“Rogers’ impressive and versatile background makes her a powerhouse addition to Veracode’s mission to put innovative, worry-free security software in the hands of every business they work with,” said Mr. Polachi.
Ms. Rogers is a seasoned, versatile global leader and corporate legal generalist with strong communication and negotiation skills. Previously, she spent over 10 years with technology company Monotype, most recently serving as vice president and assistant general counsel for the Americas and APAC. Before that, Ms. Rogers was corporate counsel at Autodesk. Earlier in her career, she served as a corporate attorney and director, investor relations for Moldflow.
Veracode delivers application security solutions and services. The company’s unified platform assesses and improves the security of applications from inception through production, the company said, so that businesses can innovate with the web and mobile applications they build, buy and assemble as well as the components they integrate into their environments.
Polachi Inc. provides recruiting services for technology, clean technology, private equity and venture capital concerns. The firm recruits leaders for a client roster that includes Aspen Technology, Bottomline Technologies, Attunity, Cognizant Technologies, MAM Software, Trillium Software/Harte Hanks, FleetMatics, Lionbridge, Sparta Systems, Sevcon, Epsilon, Cognex, Plug Power, Mediamorph, Witricity, BlueConic, Perkins School, Knoa and Visual IQ.
Mr. Polachi recruits CEOs, board members and other officer-level executives for public and private technology companies. He also oversees Polachi Inc.’s venture capital and private equity specialty practice, which is dedicated to recruiting partners for leading venture capital and private equity firms around the world. Among his honors, Mr. Polachi was previously named among BusinessWeek’s Top 100 Most Influential Headhunters in the world.
Legal recruiting continues to be a hot area for search firms. Lawyers employed by government agencies in particular have been on the move as a result of changes in government administrations, according to Hunt Scanlon Media. Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent through 2022. Demand for legal work is expected to be robust as individuals, businesses and all levels of government require legal services in the U.S. and internationally as global economies expand.
A general counsel, chief counsel or chief legal officer is the chief lawyer of a legal department, usually in a company or a governmental department. In a business, the person holding the position typically reports directly to the CEO. Their duties involve overseeing and identifying the legal issues in all departments and their interrelation, including engineering, design, marketing, sales, distribution, credit, finance, human resources, production, as well as corporate governance and business policy.
Search Firms Stepping Up
Executive search firms have been called in to find new general counsel for various organizations in recent months. Here is a look at a few from the Hunt Scanlon Media news archives:
Education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search recently placed Eileen Goldgeier as general counsel of Brown University. William Howard, vice president and senior consultant for Academic Search, led the assignment. Ms. Goldgeier has been vice chancellor and general counsel at North Carolina State University since 2010.
The Calgary Airport Authority has tapped recruiting firm Pekarsky & Company to lead its search for a new general counsel. Founding partner Adam Pekarsky is heading the assignment. The general counsel will be responsible for the delivery of internal services and managing the delivery of external legal services to the organization.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media