On June 4, 2018, an executive leadership change will occur at TransUnion as Heather Russell becomes TransUnion’s new executive vice president and chief legal officer. She will be relieving John Blenke, who will be retiring after a long career this year. This will be a big change for TransUnion, as John Blenke had held this position since 2003 and although John Blenke will be missed, CEO Jim Peck is excited about the talent and experience Heather Russell will bring to the TransUnion executive team.
Heather Russell’s twenty years of experience includes a thorough knowledge of complex financial regulatory and compliance requirements, having spent time as executive legal counsel at Fifth Third Bank, Bank of New York, and Bank of America. Heather Russell’s resume also includes overseeing the development of financial policy and regulatory counsel at the law firms of Buckley Sandler LLP and Skadden Arps. Heather Russell has also had a superb education, receiving her BA from the College of William and Mary and her JD from American University’s Washington College.
The duties Heather Russell will take, in addition to the responsibility for TransUnion’s legal team, will include all government relations, as well as corporate governance and compliance. She will be responsible for minimizing TransUnion’s legal risks and will be responsible for advising the CEO Jim Peck and the remaining board of all regulatory issues. She will be reporting directly to TransUnion’s president and CEO Jim Peck. While John Blenke’s presence at TransUnion will be missed, it is assured that Heather Russell will be able to fill the position admirably.
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