The New Chief Legal Officer Of TransUnion Heather Russell

Heather Russell took over the position as TransUnion’s Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President this year after its previous CLO, John Blenke, retired a few months earlier. Having spent a number of years in the financial industry, she brings a great deal of expertise to the consumer credit reporting company. In her long career, which spans over 20 years, she has worked for such companies as Fifth Third Bank, Bank of New York Mellon and Bank of America. The executive responsibilities she had at those companies are some of the same ones she has as a leader at TransUnion. Those duties include making sure that the company is in compliance with government regulations, and being in charge of data and privacy protection.

Currently residing in New York, Heather Russell earned a law degree at American University’s Washington College of Law, where she graduated with top honors. She also earned a BA degree from the College of William and Mary. Another position she held prior to being selected for her new job at TransUnion was at a company called Skadden, Arps, which is a global financial services business where she worked for 8 years in both its Washington, DC, and its London office, and was involved with overseeing mergers and acquisitions, among other operations. She was employed with the law firm Buckley Sandler right before she was asked to join TransUnion. While at the firm, she was in charge of its Fintech practices and financial institution regulation.

At TransUnion, Heather Russell reports to CEO and President Jim Peck, who has said that he feels she was a great choice for his company due to her vast knowledge and diverse experiences in the business world. He stated that he thinks she is a strong addition to the company. She expressed that she is excited to be bringing her financial services expertise to the TransUnion team.

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