TransUnion, one of the world’s foremost consumer credit reporting agencies, has recently announced that Heather Russell will be joining the company as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. Russell will be taking the reigns from retiring Executive VP John Blenke. Blenke, who has served in the position for 15 years, will be working with Russell during the transition period.
As one of the big 3 American rating agencies, TransUnion is also a global player operating in more than 30 countries. The company was seeking a skilled and innovative mind to spearhead its future growth strategies. With a cum laude Juris Doctor from American University’s College of Law, and as her class’s “Most Outstanding Graduate”, Heather Russell is well poised to hit the ground running in her new role.
Following her education, Russell embarked on a successful legal career with the international firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. As a lawyer, Russell concentrated mostly on the international financial sector, working to navigate complex and global regulatory frameworks, and in international mergers and acquisitions.
Heather Russell transitioned that financial background into a series of executive roles with Fifth Third Bank, Bank of New York Mellon, and Bank of America. She was New York Mellon’s Global Chief Regulatory Counsel and founder of the bank’s Office of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Russell next moved to Bank of America, acting as the global behemoth’s Global Chief Regulatory Counsel and a Senior Vice President.
According to Crunchbase, when she reentered the legal world in 2016, joining Buckley Sandler,LLP, Russell was charged with running the firm’s Financial Institutions Regulation, Supervision & Technology division.
TransUnion President James M. Peck has said he is looking forward to the experience Heather Russell will bring to the company. Peck noted her influence will be felt by “consumers, customers and global economies”.
Get in touch with Heather through https://www.facebook.com/public/Heather-Russell.