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July 8, 2014

Sears Holdings has hired Kristin Coleman as SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary, where she will oversee the Legal, Corporate Communications, Environmental Services, Global Compliance, Government Affairs, Internal Audit and Product Safety business units.

"I am pleased Kristin is joining our leadership team. She is a proven leader with experience managing legal, compliance and corporate governance issues," said Edward Lampert, Sears Holdings chairman and CEO.

April 16, 2014

Forest products giant Weyerhaeuser says it will reorder its leadership team this summer.

Current SVP, general counsel Sandy McDade is retiring in July. Succeeding her will be Devin Stockfish, who will also maintain his current role as corporate secretary. Stockfish has been serving as corporate secretary and assistant general counsel since last June. Before joining the company, he was VP & associate general counsel at Univar Inc.

Also retiring is Sara Kendall, VP corporate affairs and sustainability, on May 2.

September 12, 2013

AGCO, also known as Your Agriculture Company, has promoted Roger Batkin to VP, general counsel after three months of serving as interim general counsel. The title change is effective immediately.

July 19, 2013

A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that could fundamentally alter the size and scope of collective bargaining units was a hot topic of debate during a June 26, 2013, hearing of the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions.

May 30, 2012

A former general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) disagrees with its recent guidance to not ask about convictions in employment applications.

“A few jurisdictions ‘ban the box’,” that asks whether an applicant has any prior convictions, noted Don Livingston, now an attorney with Akin Gump in Washington, D.C. “In those jurisdictions, employers are barred from asking about criminal convictions at the application stage of the hiring process.”

March 15, 2012

Do it Best Corp. has named Gary Furst its VP human resources, general counsel and corporate assistant secretary, effective immediately.

As VP human resources, Furst will oversee all HR programs for Do it Best Corp., including compensation, benefits, employee recruitment, training and development. In addition, as general counsel, he will be responsible for management of all internal and external legal matters pertaining to Do it Best Corp.

September 29, 2011

Universal Forest Products has named David Tutas as general counsel of the corporation. He succeeds Matthew Missad, who was appointed CEO earlier this year.

Tutas joined Universal as an attorney in 2003. In 2007, he was named director of the legal department at Universal. Before he joined the company, Tutas was an attorney with the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based firm of Nantz, Litowich, Smith & Girard.

August 15, 2011

A judge in Eau Claire County Court has awarded Dawn Sands, the former general counsel for Menards’ home improvement chain, $600,000 in lost wages and benefits, according to an article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

July 25, 2011

Lowe’s Cos. promoted M. Lee Reeves to senior VP, deputy general counsel and assistant secretary. Reeves will continue to report to Gaither M. Keener, executive VP, general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer.

In his new role, Reeves’ responsibilities include leading the corporate transactions, intellectual property and information technology legal teams.

March 3, 2011

Central Garden & Pet Co. has named George Yuhas as its new general counsel, effective immediately. Yuhas will report to William Brown, Central's chairman and CEO. 

Yuhas has been a partner specializing in litigation at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP for many years. 

"George represents an important addition to our senior management team," said Brown. "His judgment, team orientation and legal expertise will help us manage our business in a prudent and effective way. I look forward to working with him closely." 

March 16, 2008

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