Heather Russell, a legal executive and regulation expert with two decades of experience, has joined leading credit agency TransUnion. She will be acting in the dual roles of Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and in her new role will be involved in the agency’s legal, security and regulatory undertakings so as to ensure compliance with regulatory standards, mitigate security risks and prompt growth.
TransUnion, founded in 1968 and based in Chicago, Illinois, is one of the country’s largest and most successful credit protection and credit reporting agencies, with an annual revenue of over $1 billion and a combined total assets value of over $4 billion. President and CEO of the agency Jim Peck, in a statement announcing the new hire, described Russell as bringing “expertise and skills that are highly relevant to TransUnion”, while touting the hiring as a symbol of the firm’s continuing growth and dedication to innovation and customer service.
An expert in private and retail banking, transaction, and government regulations, amongst numerous other disciplines, Russell has worked across the globe in the financial services industry in sectors such as data security, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and many more.
Russell is the holder of two Bachelor degrees from the College of William and Mary, one in English and another in Biology, as well as a Juris Doctorate from the American University. She began her career at law firm Skadden Arps as an Associate, before joining Bank of America where she served for five years as an Associate General Council.
Russell would go on to join the Bank of New York Mellon, where she was chief regulatory officer and founded the firm’s Office of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, before joining Fifth Third Bancorp, where she’d eventually become Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer.
Her final role before joining TransUnion was at law firm Buckley Sanders, where she was a partner and the head of its Financial Institutions Regulation, Supervision and Technology (FIRST) practice, in charge of aiding corporate clients understand and successful navigate the post-2008 regulatory and legal standards.
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