Moving on up: roles beyond GC
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April 27, 2018
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Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Jennifer O'Connell points out that many GCs can add great value to boards in broader contexts.
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The Law Society

The Law Society article, “Moving on up: roles beyond GC," quoted Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Jennifer O'Connell who points out that many GCs can add great value to boards in broader contexts, particularly in today's highly regulated contexts. The article is excerpted below. 

General counsel contemplating a career move will benefit from a careful survey of their options. Diana Bentley reviews some of the issues involved.   

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While it can be challenging for lawyers to move themselves into a position with a wider remit, some sectors are more complementary to their skills than others. ‘Lawyers tend to be seen as being too narrow in outlook and focus for other executive roles, but this can be a generalisation,’ says Jennifer O’Connell, who leads the European legal, regulatory and compliance practice at Russell Reynolds Associates. In fact, she says, many GCs could add great value in a broader context, particularly in the highly regulated environment which now prevails. ‘The M&A / corporate finance arena can often present good opportunities, particularly for those who are financially literate.’ 

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Lawyers should also work on their interview techniques, as they can be quite low key about how they present themselves, warns Jennifer O’Connell. ‘You often have to tease out of them what they can bring to a role. Coaching could help with this,’ she says. 

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