The New TransUnion Chief Legal Officer- Heather Russell Koenig

Heather Russell is not new to making huge career accomplishments with the recent one being appointed as the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer to TransUnion. The new appointment has everybody excited as expressed by James Peck, the CEO of TransUnion in his warm welcome speech to Heather Russell.

Heather’s transition into the company’s roles will be overseen by John Blenke who is retiring to pave way for the new Chief Legal Officer. Since 2003, John Blenke has held the Executive Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Corporate General Counsel position to TransUnion

Prior to this golden opportunity, Heather Russell’s portfolio speaks for her as the best fit for the position. She has worked with several firms enhancing and gathering relevant experience in global financial services. Heather has handled mergers and acquisitions at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as well as matters involving corporate finance.

Heather Russell has proved her leadership skills while working at the Bank of America as a senior vice president, at the Bank of New York Mellon as Global Chief Regulatory Counsel, and at the Fifth Third Bank as the Executive vice president, corporate secretary, and Chief Legal Officer. These positions have molded Heather Russell into a ‘jack of all trades’ and a very good one at her job.

Her talents and accomplishments do not end there. She was also part of Buckley Sandler LLP where she had made partner. In addition, Heather was the head of FIRST (Financial Institutions Regulation, Supervision & Technology) practice at Buckley Sandler’s. The position saw her perform tasks such as navigating and implementing regulatory changes and approval processes and handling mergers and acquisitions.

Besides the professional background, Heather has a strong educational history. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and English from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, and a cum laude with her J.D from American University Washington College of Law.

With such an addition to the team, TransUnion will be able to offer credit reports, fraud prevention tools and giving consumers the power to shield off financial threats. Kudos Heather Russell (@heather_russell) and Good Luck at the new position.

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