Legal Executive Heather Russell to Join TransUnion as Chief Legal Officer

May 29, 2018 - By 

Notable legal executive, Heather Russell is joining the team at TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. Her first day on the job is scheduled for Monday, June 4, 2018.


Heather Russell comes to TransUnion from prominent law firm Buckley Sandler, LLP; she split her time between the firm’s New York, NY and Washington, DC offices. She was an accomplished and valued partner in the firm, serving since October 2016 as the head of Buckley Sandler’s Financial Institutions Regulation, Supervision & Technology (“FIRST”) practice. The FIRST practice assists clients such as financial services institutions, banks, and “fintech” (financial technology) companies in addressing strategic challenges related to regulatory concerns. For example, the FIRST practice helps its clients with matters like mergers and acquisitions, navigating regulatory approval processes, and implementing required regulatory changes.


Heather Russell also brings a wealth of other relevant experience to TransUnion. Prior to Buckley Sandler, she held executive-level positions at Fifth Third Bank, Bank of New York Mellon, and Bank of America. At Fifth Third Bank, which was the 12th-largest US bank, she held the titles Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary. At Bank of New York Mellon, she served as Global Chief Regulatory Counsel; she also founded and led the company’s international Office of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, which manages the bank’s relationships with its regulators in 100 countries worldwide. At Bank of America, she was a Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, providing lead counsel services for multiple divisions, including Global Risk and Supervisory and Regulatory Relations, among others.


She previously worked at the acclaimed law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, in its London, UK and Washington, DC office. During her eight years at the firm, she focused her efforts on matters such as financial services and corporate finance, as well as mergers and acquisitions. In total, she has over two decades of diverse experience working in the field of global financial services.


Heather Russell also highly values education. She studied at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA as an undergraduate and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and English. She then went on to American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, from which she graduated cum laude with her Juris Doctor; she was a standout law student who served as a senior editor for the school’s Law Review and was awarded the prestigious honor of “Most Outstanding Graduate.” She has even worked as an adjunct professor at Boston University’s School of Law, where she has taught classes on fintech and the future of banking.


In a recent statement, James M. (“Jim”) Peck, President and CEO of TransUnion, enthusiastically welcomed Heather Russell to the company, saying in part, “I’m confident Heather will be a strong addition to TransUnion’s leadership team as we continue to execute on our growth strategy and provide innovative information solutions to benefit consumers, customers and global economies.”


Heather Russell will be replacing John Blenke, who has served as TransUnion’s Corporate Secretary, Corporate General Counsel, and Executive Vice President since 2003. Mr. Blenke will be aiding Heather Russell in her transition into the role before he begins his retirement.


Heather Russell will be joining a leading international consumer credit reporting agency. TransUnion is one of the three major credit reporting bureaus in the US. It works in over 30 countries around the world – in Asia, Latin America, and Africa as well as North America. The Chicago, IL-based information technology company provides services such as credit reports and identity-theft protection tools, giving individual consumers access to important information and helping them to protect themselves from financial threats. TransUnion also offers many services to businesses, such as fraud prevention tools.


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