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KCS restructures legal department
In an effort to restructure its international legal department, Kansas City Southern (KCS) has named William J. Wochner Interim General Counsel of the U.S. Legal Department. The company is in search of a candidate to take on the role permanently. Wochner will oversee the legal matters of the company and its U.S. subsidiaries, including corporate secretary functions, commercial contracts, and operating agreements. KCS is a transportation holding company providing railroad services throughout North and Central America. It owns and operates the Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR), the Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM) railroad, and the Panama Canal Railway Company (PCRC).
Vickers to leave mobile operator 3
As part of a major company reorganization, Paul Vickers is set to leave his general counsel post with Hutchison 3G UK, Ltd. Having joined the company in 2002, Vickers was instrumental in a number of corporate deals and licenses. Prior to working for 3G, he was Head of Commercial and Legal Services at technology investment leader Antfactory. 3G has decided not to relist on the stock exchange, and its workload for its general counsel post has been reduced; both of these factors mean that it will no longer need to rely on Vickers’ services. Popularly known as 3, the company is one of the UK’s leading mobile media companies providing communications, entertainment, and information services.
Harbor Point names new GC
Harbor Point, Ltd., has announced the appointment of Carol S. Rivers as General Counsel. Rivers has also been named General Counsel of Harbor Point Re, a subsidiary company. With significant experience in the insurance industry, he formerly worked for AXIS Capital, a specialty insurance and treaty reinsurance company. Formed after the devastating 2005 hurricane season, Bermuda-based Harbor Point provides a broad range of diversified reinsurance products.
New GC at EPW
Erik D. Olson has been named Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel for the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. Olson comes from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where he was Director of the Advocacy Center and a senior attorney. Having served NRDC for 15 years, he has worked with members of Congress and their staff on matters relating to pesticides, drinking water, arsenic, and other toxic chemicals.
Former SEC officer to join JPMorgan Chase
Former Chief Enforcement Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission Stephen Cutler will join JPMorgan Chase as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, effective February 2007. Cutler was instrumental in assisting the bank with more than $4 billion in claims relating to the Enron and WorldCom cases. He is currently with the Washington law firm WilmerHale, where he is a partner and the co-chair of the firm’s securities department. Cutler joined the law firm in 2005, prior to which he served as Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement.
Wilkes University names new GC
Wilkes University has announced the appointment of Scott Byers as Vice President for Finance and General Counsel. Prior to his promotion, Byers held the title of Vice President for Finance and Support Operations for a period of four years. He will now serve as the university’s chief legal officer and liaison with external legal counsel, providing better legal protection for the university and consultation on university-related matters and policies. Byers joined the university in 2002, prior to which he was Assistant Treasurer at American University in Washington, DC.