It was recently announced that legal executive Heather Russell had joined TransUnion. She is their new chief legal officer as of June 4th and will also be the new executive vice president. She started her professional career in September 1997 when she was a law clerk in a US district court. Heather Russell is a 1993 graduate of The College of William and Mary, earning degrees in biology and English, and earned her law degree in 1997 at American University, Washington College of Law.
At TransUnion, Heather Russell will be responsible for all legal issues such as compliance, government relations, and corporate governance. She will report direct to the chief executive officer of TransUnion, Jim Peck, and will also have a seat on the Executive Committee of this firm. In announcing Heather Russell’s addition to the team Jim Pek said that he sees her as a strong leader who will help the executive team execute their growth strategy.
For almost eight years Heather Russell had worked at a law firm based in Washington D.C. called Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Associates. She also worked for Bank of America, as an associate general counsel, and at BNY Mellon where she led their legal department. Her background includes areas such as data privacy and security, compliance, consumer financial services, and consumer privacy functions among other skills.
In the announcement of her joining TransUnion, Heather Russell said that this company provides an important service for both other businesses and consumers. Businesses can make more informed decisions, she said, while consumers can get access to the services and products they need. Heather Russell is replacing John Blenke who announced that he would be retiring in 2018.