Heather Russell, Chief Legal Officer of Transunion

TransUnion’s new Chief Legal Officer is Heather Russell. Russell has long been one of the most sought-after legal executives in the financial industry. With over twenty years of experience, she has consistently grown and overcome new challenges facing the world of finance.

Heather Russell’s experience is wide-ranging and international. After graduating from American University’s Washington College of Law, she worked at Skadden, Arps in Washington DC and later London. She understands the nuances of financial regulation and has often been called on to help with major mergers and acquistions.

In addition to M&A, at Skadden, Arps, Russell worked in corporate finance and financial services. Later, she was general counsel at Bank of America. She continued to climb the later, occupying posts like Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Fifth Third Bank. In recent years, she’s gained a reputation for being savvy about fintech, too.

Most recently, Heather Russell has been appointed Chief Legal Officer at TransUnion. Her experience will be valuable in the changing regulatory landscape. Under the Trump administration, there have been changes in the way regulation works. There may be more. Russell’s experience, savvy and ability to think on her feet will be of great value to them.

At TransUnion, Heather Russell’s duties will include handling government relations, overseeing compliance and monitoring the consumer privacy standards and functions at Transunion. In this role, she will report to CEO Jim Peck. Russell will also serve on the Executive Committee of TransUnion.

Awards and recognition Russell has received include the International Financial Law Review’s 2015 Business Law In-House Award. She is an Advisory Board Member at the National Women’s Law Center. She sits on the Banking Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and is vice-chair of the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association.

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