Heather Russell: A Superstar in Global Financial Services

In May 2018, Heather Russell decided to vacate her position at Buckley Sandler, LLP and join TransUnion serving in the capacity of Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. TransUnion is among three major credit reporting bureaus in the US and has a global footprint spanning over 30 countries. During her tenure at Buckley, Heather split her office hours between the firm’s offices in New York and Washington DC. She headed the Buckley Sandler’s Financial Institutions Regulation, Supervision & Technology division that handled clients in financial technology, banking, and financial services.

According to Wikipedia, before her stint at Buckley, Heather played various leadership roles mainly in banking institutions like at the Bank of New York Mellon and the Fifth Third Bank. The latter is the 12th largest bank in the United States and she served in various leadership capacities; Executive Vice President, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Legal Officer. While at the Bank of New York Mellon, Heather launched and headed the global Office of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, which is responsible for the institution’s affiliations with regulators across 100 countries. Another notable position was at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP where she handled mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.

Heather Russell attended The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg in Vermont for undergraduate receiving a BA in Biology and English. She then proceeded to enroll at American University’s Washington College of Law where she became an editor for the Law Review. In addition, Heather was accorded the highly coveted “Most Outstanding Graduate” accolade. With over two decades worth of career experience in global financial services, it is quite befitting that Heather landed a professor’s role at Boston University’s School of Law.

Ahead of her reporting date on June 4th, the President and Chief Executive of TransUnion, James M. Peck, welcomed Heather Russell to the fold stating that he is confident that she is a suitable addition to the leadership team. Peck added that Heather’s leadership acumen will be instrumental as TransUnion gears up to innovate and execute a growth strategy. This indomitable player is rising to the top of the field and her star will continue to soar to greater heights.

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