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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the corporate challenges are unprecedented: global, technological and human. As competitive and regulatory environments continue to evolve, general counsels must keep pace in a new virtual landscape. More than ever, companies need a business partner, a strategist, a listener and a leader.

In this Q&A series, Diligent has partnered with Merryck & Co., a leading global executive coaching & mentoring firm, to explore the role of the general counsel — and to pinpoint how it’s changing.

Interviews with Today's GCs

Q&A with Hilary Krane, General Counsel, Nike

In this interview, Merryck & Co.’s Adam Bryant and David Reimer interview Hilary Krane, General Counsel, Nike. As the role of the general counsel evolves, Krane talks about her responsibility as a business partner and strategist – and the power of an early bedtime.

Q&A with Rashida La Lande, General Counsel, The Kraft Heinz Company

In this Q&A, the Merryck team interviews Rashida La Lande, General Counsel, The Kraft Heinz Company. La Lande talks about the transition from law firm to C-suite and offers advice for new GCs.

Q&A with David Oestreicher, Chief Legal Counsel for T. Rowe Price

In this interview, the Merryck team interviews David Oestreicher, Chief Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary, T. Rowe Price. As his global legal team nears 300 people, Oestreicher touches on the importance of leadership and the lessons they don’t teach in law school.

More from Diligent & Merryck

Resolving Tensions Between the General Counsel, CEO & Board

Few governance movers and shakers are more qualified to discuss the partnership between inside counsel and the board of directors than the legendary Ben Heineman, Jr., former SVP and general counsel for General Electric. In this episode, Heineman reflects on the evolution of internal counsel and shares signs of a healthy partnership between GCs, CEOs, and boards.

Challenges of the GC & Corporate Secretary: Recognizing Red Flags

In this episode, Bob Bostrom, then general counsel and corporate secretary for Abercrombie & Fitch, explains how the corporate secretary can best navigate conflicts between the CEO and the board. Preparing for stormy weather must begin on a clear day.

Diligent Announces the Modern Governance 100

Meet the Modern Governance 100, a community of general counsels, corporate secretaries, and governance professionals who are driving real change at their organization. These individuals were nominated by their board members, executives and fellow colleagues and are recognized as leaders in their field.