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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Structuring Employee Mobility in a Global Workplace

By Barbara Roth, Global Co-Head of the Employment Group
By Bill Flanagan, Partner, Employment Group

Earlier this month, Hogan Lovells and the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA) co-hosted a luncheon and workshop called “Minimize the Risks – Structuring Employee Mobility in a Global Workplace.”

This topic was very well received by the 50 or so in-house counsel who attended from companies such as Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, to name a few. We discussed how relocation of an employee from one country to another can expose the employer to liability in multiple jurisdictions, and how the structure of the relocation – such as temporary transfer, secondments, and local hire – can alter the potential liabilities in the event of a rupture in the employment relationship.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lifting One Village at a Time: An Evening at Hogan Lovells with King Peggy

By Randy Segal, partner, global transactions

On February 12, I wrote about the amazing, personal story of King Peggy, a D.C. secretary who became the King of the Ghanaian village Otuam, and her vision for its future.

On May 31, Hogan Lovells will be holding an event “with a little help from its friends” to support King Peggy’s vision for her village, along with that of Eleanor Herman, co-author (and “Queen Mother”) of King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village.

Since I first wrote my blog post in February, this nationally recognized book has been featured on NPR, CBS This Morning, and The Colbert Report, and it was a selection in Oprah’s Book Club. CBS News has also covered King Peggy’s story.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Conference Focuses on Development in Latin America

On May 3 the Latin America Practice Group Conference brought together nearly 70 clients, Hogan Lovells lawyers, and lawyers from our Latin American relationship firms to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist for companies operating in Latin America.

The Conference hosted two panels composed of lawyers and executives entrenched in the region’s corporate and financial development. Attendees also heard from keynote speaker Anthony Harrington, former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, on the macro socio-economic outlook of the area.

The morning panel, moderated by José F. Valdivia III, a finance partner in Hogan Lovells’ Miami office, focused on how law firms can build better relationships with businesses and, more specifically, general counsel, based in Latin America. Panelists included:

• Oscar Arroyo, CABCORP, General Counsel;
• Valeria Chapa Garza, Honeywell International, Inc., General Counsel, Latin America;
• Rose Marie E. Glazer, Siemens AG, General Counsel, Americas;
• Dean M. Hasseman, CITGO, General Counsel; and
• Krista Sweigart, The AES Corporation, Senior Corporate Counsel.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Predicting the Next Class of Female CEOs

Although only 35 of the nation’s Fortune 1000 companies are managed by women, at least one female CEO believes that number will double by 2017. Others echo the confidence of Maggie Wilderotter, head of Frontier Communications Corp., pointing to an increasingly strong pipeline of highly qualified female senior executives across all industries.

But who are the odds-on favorites to take over the corner office? Using the results of an informal poll, the Wall Street Journal this week released a top 10 list, selecting current managers who have the best shot at CEO in the next five years.

WSJ was quick to note that some of the more popular picks – including Sheryl Sandberg and Sherilyn McCoy – did not make the cut for varying reasons, including company size or decisions to head for greener pastures.

The list reflects a shift in traditional gender roles that our own Randy Segal detailed a few weeks ago – many had husbands who abandoned the fast track to support their wives’ careers.

Here is the rather impressive lineup:

• Charlene Begley, General Electric Co.
• Gail Boudreaux, United Health Group
• Rosalind Brewer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
• Juliana Chugg, General Mills Inc.
• Virginia "Gina" Drosos, Procter & Gamble Co.
• Jan Fields, McDonald's Corp.
• Michelle Gass, Starbucks Corp.
• Melanie Healey, Procter & Gamble Co.
• Marissa Mayer, Google Inc.
• Anne Sweeney, Walt Disney Co.