Accomplished legal executive with global financial services and regulatory expertise
TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) has hired Heather Russell as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, effective June 4.
Russell is an accomplished legal executive with more than 20 years of diverse experience across the global financial services sector including expertise in consumer financial services, data privacy and security, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and FinTech. She will be responsible for all legal, government relations, corporate governance and compliance, and consumer privacy functions of TransUnion and its subsidiaries, reporting to TransUnion President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Peck and serving on TransUnion’s Executive Committee.
“Heather brings terrific expertise and skills that are highly relevant to TransUnion,” said Peck. “I’m confident Heather will be a strong addition to TransUnion’s leadership team as we continue to execute on our growth strategy and provide innovative information solutions to benefit consumers, customers and global economies.”
“TransUnion is on the forefront of information solutions, providing an important service that helps businesses make more informed decisions and consumers gain access to products and services,” said Russell. “I’m excited to bring my financial services experience to TransUnion and look forward to working with the team.”
Russell joins TransUnion from the law firm of Buckley Sandler, LLP, where she was a leader in the firm’s financial institutions regulation, supervision and fintech practices. Prior to joining Buckley Sandler, Russell was Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Fifth Third Bank; Managing Director and Head of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Bank of New York Mellon; and Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Bank of America. Russell also spent eight years at Skadden, Arps in Washington, DC and London focused on financial services, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Russell holds a JD with honors from American University’s Washington College of Law and a BA from the College of William & Mary.
Russell will replace John Blenke, who announced his plan to retire later this year.
About TransUnion (NYSE: TRU)
Information is a powerful thing. At TransUnion, we realize that. We are dedicated to finding innovative ways information can be used to help individuals make better and smarter decisions. We help uncover unique stories, trends and insights behind each data point, using historical information as well as alternative data sources. This allows a variety of markets and businesses to better manage risk and consumers to better manage their credit, personal information and identity. Today, TransUnion has a global presence in more than 30 countries and a leading presence in several international markets across North America, Africa, Latin America and Asia. Through the power of information, TransUnion is working to build stronger economies and families and safer communities worldwide.
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