Heather Russell: Beating the Odds

It is common knowledge that more men than women hold leadership positions within companies. However, in the last several years, there has been a huge push to close the gender gaps. While those gaps are becoming narrower, there is still a long way to go until complete equality is reached. A study conducted out of the University of California, Davis, suggests that companies who had at least a couple of women in leadership positions out-performed those who had only men holding the same positions. Heather Russell is a prime example of one of these women who holds a leadership position in a large corporation.

Beginning June 4, 2018, Heather Russell took on the roles of Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President at Transunion. Russell, who is replacing John Blenke, will have a number of responsibilities at Transunion which will include all legal responsibilities, government interactions, company governance and obedience, and consumer confidentiality functions.

Before joining the Transunion’s team, Heather Russell was a partner at the law firm Buckley Sandler. During her time at Buckley Sandler, Russell was the in charge of running the FIRST department, which stands for Financial Institutions Regulation, Supervision & Technology. Her responsibility in this position consisted of helping clients evaluate and address their challenges related to regulations; an example would be helping a client with their mergers and acquisitions.

Before her time at Buckley Sandler, Heather Russell held a number of other positions that gave her the experience necessary for her leadership role at Transunion. For example, she held executive and leadership positions at Fifth Third Bank, Bank of America, and Bank of New York Mellon.

Heather Russell received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and English from The College of William and Mary. She continued her education at American University’s Washington College, where she graduated cum lade with her law degree.

Additional source: https://math.richmond.edu/faculty/hrussell/

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