Apple appoints Katherine Adams as general counsel and SVP of Legal and Global Security

Bruce Sewell Retires as Apple’s General Counsel

Cupertino, California, 2017-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple today (OCTOBER 6, 2017) announced that Katherine Adams, formerly senior vice president and general counsel of Honeywell, will join Apple as general counsel and senior vice president of Legal and Global Security, reporting to CEO Tim Cook and serving on Apple’s executive team.

The company also announced Bruce Sewell, who has served as Apple’s general counsel since 2009, will be retiring at the end of the year.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kate to our team. She’s a seasoned leader with outstanding judgment and that has worked on a wide variety of legal cases globally. Throughout her career she’s also been an advocate on many of the values we at Apple hold dear,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Bruce has our best wishes for his retirement, after eight years of dedicated service to Apple and a tremendously successful career. He has tirelessly defended our IP, our customers’ right to privacy and our values. Bruce has set a new standard for general counsels, and I am proud to have worked with him and proud to call him a friend.”

“Apple has had a tremendous impact on the world and it’s an honor to join their team,” said Kate Adams. “I’m excited to help Apple continue to grow and evolve around the world, protecting their ideas and IP, and defending our shared values.”

“To have worked with this amazing executive team and all the incredibly smart people at Apple, especially my colleagues in legal and global security, has been the honor of a lifetime,” said Bruce Sewell. “The years I have spent in this job have been the most gratifying of my career. I’m delighted Kate is joining and I know she will be a huge asset.”

Before joining Honeywell in 2003, Adams was a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in New York. Earlier in her career, she served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; as trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Appellate Section, Environment and Natural Resources division; and as law clerk for Stephen Breyer, then chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Adams earned a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from Brown University and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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Stanley Black & Decker appoints Janet Link Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Stanley Black & Decker appoints Janet Link Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary


NEW BRITAIN, Conn., 2017-Jul-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) today (July 25, 2017) named Janet Link Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Link joins Stanley Black & Decker from J.C. Penney Company where she served as General Counsel. She succeeds Bruce Beatt who is retiring from the company after 17 years of service and nearly 40 years in the legal field. Link’s appointment is effective immediately and Beatt will remain with the company for a transition period extending through April 2018.

“The Stanley Black & Decker team is appreciative of Bruce’s tireless devotion to the company’s success, and we wish him much enjoyment in his retirement,” said Stanley Black & Decker President & CEO Jim Loree. “We are thrilled that Janet is joining our team. Her seasoned legal background and expertise in the retail industry will be of significant value to our organization. In addition, we are confident Janet will continue stewarding the company’s focus on integrity in all our interactions, helping to ensure we maintain high standards of ethical conduct as we pursue our growth goals. Nothing could be more important to our company.”

Prior to J.C. Penney, Link held deputy general counsel positions at Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc., and CC Media Holdings, Inc. (now known as iHeartMedia). She began her legal career with a U.S. District Court clerkship in the Central District of California followed by a clerkship with the Honorable James R. Browning, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District. She was also a partner at Latham & Watkins.

Link earned her bachelor’s from Yale University and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

About Stanley Black & Decker

Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, electronic security solutions, healthcare solutions, engineered fastening systems, and more. Learn more at

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NRF names former White House and congressional attorney Stephanie Martz as SVP and general counsel

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation announced today (June 26, 2017) that Stephanie Martz, a former White House and congressional attorney and partner at one of Washington’s top lobbying firms, will join the organization in September as senior vice president and general counsel. Martz will succeed retiring SVP and General Counsel Mallory Duncan.

“NRF is extraordinarily fortunate to have Stephanie joining our team,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Her experience in the White House, on Capitol Hill, at the Chamber of Commerce and in the courts gives the NRF and our members a level of expertise that will allow us to continue representing the retail industry at a level that is second to none. Whether legislation, policy or litigation, Stephanie’s track record of success speaks for itself and NRF will greatly benefit as a result of it.”

“There are a number of issues facing our industry that require a sharp legal mind to represent the interests of our members,” Shay said. “Stephanie has worked with a number of corporate counsels throughout her career, and whether the issue is swipe fees or data security, I am confident that Stephanie will build on Mallory’s legacy of inclusion and success in fighting for our industry.”

“I am excited to be joining the NRF and the opportunity it presents to work with some of the nation’s largest retailers,” Martz said. “I truly believe that this is a unique opportunity to work with a growing organization that is interested in a wide range of cutting-edge legal and policy issues — the issues which impact the retail industry, its employees and the millions of customers that retailers serve every day.”

As a partner at Monument Policy Group since 2015, Martz is a well-known expert on technology and new economy issues, with a range of clients from Silicon Valley to Seattle, Fortune 500 companies, industry groups and other businesses. Her areas of focus have included data privacy, cybersecurity, international data agreements and immigration. Prior to that, she was special assistant and senior counsel to President Barack Obama. In that capacity, she was the senior lawyer in charge of in-house counsel functions in the Office of White House Counsel and was also responsible for input on key policy matters.

Previously, Martz served as chief counsel to Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who is now the Senate minority leader. In that position, she provided political and legal analysis, drafted and reviewed legislation and formulated political strategy on a wide array of matters before the Senate. Other experience includes serving as a senior director at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, litigation counsel at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, practice at two Washington law firms — Mayer Brown LLP and Miller, Cassidy, Larroca and Lewin LLP — and law clerk at both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Martz is a graduate of Georgetown University and Stanford Law School, where she served as executive editor of the Stanford Law Review.

Duncan, who has been general counsel at NRF since 1994, announced last week that he will retire at the end of August.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

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The National Retail Federation announces the retirement of SVP and General Counsel Mallory Duncan

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation today (June 21, 2017) announced the retirement of Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan, a veteran lawyer and lobbyist who has guided the retail industry through legal, legislative and regulatory battles over credit card fees, bankruptcy law, privacy issues and other topics for more than two decades.

“Whether you’re appealing to the Supreme Court, testifying before Congress or meeting at the White House, Mallory is the lawyer you want by your side,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “There is no brighter legal mind in the retail industry, and nobody understands the complexities and nuances of the issues he follows better than he does. He has been indispensable to me as a trusted advisor and I am sorry to see him go.”

“Working in the retail industry has given me the opportunity to play an exciting part in some of the most interesting issues of our day,” Duncan said. “Retail isn’t just stores and shopping. It’s about the economy, jobs and public policy issues that run the gamut from taxes to trade. I’ve spent the biggest part of my career representing retailers, but a large part of that is improving retailers’ ability to serve everyday consumers. I’d like to think I’ve helped restore the alignment of Main Street retailers and their customers against unfair practices that threaten them both.”

Duncan will leave NRF at the end of August but will continue to provide counsel on payments and other issues as a consultant.

“Mallory informed me earlier this year of his intention to retire at the end of the summer, and we have been actively engaged in searching for his successor,” Shay said. “We expect to make an announcement soon.”

Duncan joined NRF as general counsel in 1994. As such, he is responsible for all of NRF’s legal affairs, both directly and through coordination of outside counsel. As a member of the NRF executive team, he helps execute the federation’s strategic mission of advocacy, communications and education on behalf of the industry. He also manages the NRF General Counsels Forum, which is made up of chief legal officers at many of the nation’s best-known retail companies.

Duncan is best known as one of the retail industry’s leading voices for reform of credit card industry fees, rules and practices to make the card industry more transparent and competitive, an area where he has played a significant role since the mid-1990s. The announcement of his retirement comes after NRF’s recent victory in convincing the House to drop efforts to repeal reform of debit card swipe fees. In recent years, Duncan headed NRF’s legal challenge of the Federal Reserve’s 2011 cap on debit card swipe fees as too high and another legal action that said a record-setting $7.25 billion settlement with banks over credit card swipe fees in 2012 was too low. Both cases went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which let the debit swipe cap stand but returned the credit card case to the trial court for additional proceedings.

Prior to joining NRF, Duncan served as senior counsel in the Washington office of J.C. Penney, where he advised the company on state and federal legislative and regulatory issues. He was previously a senior attorney in the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, where he wrote the commission’s Policy Guidance on Civil Penalties, and was an associate at the law firm of Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan. The Los Angeles native is a graduate of Pomona College and Yale Law School.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

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Source: NRF

Toys“R”Us appoints Cornell Boggs as its EVP and General Counsel

WAYNE, NJ, 2017-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, today (February 7, 2017) announced the hiring of Cornell Boggs as its Executive Vice President and General Counsel, effective February 15, 2017. He will report directly to Chairman and CEO Dave Brandon.

Mr. Boggs joins Toys“R”Us from Dow Corning Corporation, a large multinational based in Midland, Michigan, where he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In that role, he oversaw teams in Asia, Europe and Latin America, in addition to the U.S. and was responsible for Legal, Government Affairs, Compliance and Ethics.

In his new role, Mr. Boggs will be responsible for leading all legal, corporate governance and legislative matters for the company. He will provide advice and counsel to the Leadership Team on a wide-range of issues, including those focused on achieving the company’s growth objectives. Mr. Boggs will be a key advocate for the Toys“R”Us brand, ensuring the company’s interests are represented in the many places around the globe where it does business. He will also work closely with the Board of Directors in his position as Corporate Secretary.

“Cornell’s extensive global experience extends well beyond traditional legal issues,” said Mr. Brandon. “He brings strong leadership skills, business acumen and an appreciation for the unique complexities of our company. I am confident that he will make a significant contribution to our ongoing transformation and plans for growth.”

Before Dow Corning, Mr. Boggs was Chief Responsibility and Ethics Officer for MillerCoors LLC/Coors Brewing Company. He also held senior level roles with major global companies, including Tyco Plastics and Adhesives, Intel Corporation, Anheuser-Busch, and Monsanto and spent two years with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Boggs has a JD and a BA from Valparaiso University in Indiana. He serves on the Boards of his alma mater, where he is Vice Chairman of the Audit Committee, as well as Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500 financial services company. Mr. Boggs is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent membership organization committed to increasing the number of black executives in C-Suites, on corporate boards and in global enterprises.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 885 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 795 international stores and over 259 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including and, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 62,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has donated more than $125 million in grants to children’s charities. For more information, visit or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at and and on Twitter at and

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