AGC / IP – Knowles Corp

Evers Legal has been exclusively engaged by Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) to recruit an Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property. Reporting to the General Counsel and managing a small team of IP legal professionals, you will play a strategically important role in managing a robust and growing patent portfolio.

We seek 15+ years of experience, including a preference for candidates with in-house experience managing patent portfolios. An electrical engineering orientation is preferred, although we will consider mechanical engineering and IP generalist backgrounds. This position will be based at Knowles’ HQ in Itasca, IL. Occasional travel to business and engineering locations in northern California and overseas will be required. Local candidates preferred, but we will also consider non-local candidates who can commit to timely relocation.

About Knowles:

Founded in 1946, Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) is a market leader and global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic solutions and specialty components serving the mobile communications, consumer electronics, medical technology, military, aerospace and industrial markets. Knowles has a leading position in micro-electro-mechanical systems microphones, speakers and receivers which are used in smartphones, tablets and mobile handsets. Knowles is also a leading manufacturer of transducers used in hearing aids and other medical devices. Knowles’ focus on the customer, combined with unique technology, rigorous testing and global scale, helps to deliver innovative solutions and consistently dependable and precise products. Headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, USA, Knowles has more than 8,000 employees in 25 locations around the world.

Compensation for this opportunity is strong. If interested, please email a resume to mike@everslegal.com and/or call 312-225-1144 for more information. Please note that our search firm is working on this position exclusively, so inquiries made directly with Knowles will be routed to us.

Congrats Jumoke Onibokun!

Congratulations to Jumoke Onibokun, who started on September 3 as Senior Counsel with Univar Solutions in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Jumoke is a 2007 graduate (cum laude) of Northwestern University School of Law who cut her teeth handling a wide variety of transactional work as an Associate with Mayer Brown from 2007 to 2012. Jumoke makes the move to Univar Solutions from FTD Companies, where her responsibilities ranged from securities to compliance to contracts and more.

Her generalist mindset is an ideal fit for Univar Solutions, where every attorney operates in business team environments and not as siloed subject matter experts.

We thank Jeff Carr and Noelle Perkins of Univar Solutions for retaining our firm to handle this search.

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Giving Back

I am very excited about this issue of eNews because it features a person who I admire a great deal … a man who conducts himself at a very high level of consistent excellence. Brandon Smith became the General Counsel of Fortune 500 tier-one auto supplier Tenneco at the age of 37 two years ago.

When I met Brandon in 2011, he was already the No. 2 attorney in Tenneco’s law department, and my main client contact for some Adjunct Counsel work we did for his company at the time. He was a sponge. Brandon and I did the occasional lunch and he would soak up whatever insights I could offer on recruiting and the local law department scene. I just re-read a memo I sent to him in 2012 with a list of my best general counsel contacts so that he could pick their brains. It’s the only memo of that kind I’ve written in 20 years. He will be a CEO down the road if that is what he chooses, or he’ll be a rock star high performing GC for as long as he finds it fulfilling.

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Brandon B. Smith, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Tenneco

Brandon Smith originally envisioned himself following in his father’s footsteps – and initially planned a career in business, having spent many of his early years watching his Dad grow companies and build high-performance teams. He excelled academically, and chose to attend Hiram College, a private liberal arts school in Ohio, where he majored in Business Management, with a focus on finance and accounting. Smith also took the not-so-subtle cues from his father to work hard and contribute towards the communities that you live in. During those high school and college years, he took on several jobs—working as a snowplow truck driver, pulling his weight as a farm hand, and even working as a firefighter and emergency medical technician for the city of Hiram, where you would often find him responding to house fires or medical emergencies.

After also working in a few short internships that ranged from a NASA lab in Ohio to civil and environmental engineering firms, Smith took on a role with National City Corporation—working in finance and accounting. There, he worked closely with the bank’s general counsel for its new insurance division. “I really liked the way he operated—mixing law and business to solve problems for the organization – and ultimately contribute towards profitable growth,” Smith says. “That experience opened my eyes to the legal profession as an interesting career path.”

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Congrats Robyn Martin

Congratulations to Robyn Martin, who started on August 12 as Associate General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary with Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN). Knowles is a leading global provider of micro-acoustic, audio-processing, and precision device solutions, serving the mobile consumer electronics, communications, medical, military, aerospace and industrial markets.

Robyn is a graduate of University of Michigan Law school. She began her career with Winston & Strawn for eight years, before moving in-house. From 2014 until starting with Knowles, Robyn held positions of increasing responsibility with Potbelly Sandwich Works.

Evers Legal thanks Knowles Corporation for retaining us to handle this placement.

Ace Hardware / Corporate Counsel

Ace Hardware (The Helpful Place!) has retained Evers Legal to recruit a Corporate Counsel for a direct hire generalist role with promising career path potential. Supporting daily operations, you will learn the business, interface with internal clients routinely, and work in a collaborate team environment.

Specific “to dos” of the job entail the full range of commercial contracts negotiating and drafting, such as supplier/vendor agreements, real estate, NDAs, marketing, media… and much more.

The winning candidate will have 5 – 8 years of legal experience. Although we tend to favor candidates with some in-house experience, this opportunity is also open to straight-from-law-firm candidates. The critical criteria frankly is culture fit… we want the ego-free attorney who plays well with others, including their colleagues in the law department. Commercial/transactional experience highly preferred. Candidates with primarily litigation oriented backgrounds are unlikely to move forward.

Position location is Ace Hardware headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. Relocation not anticipated. Local candidates preferred. Non-local candidates willing to move at his/her own cost may be considered.

To submit a resume and for more details, please contact Meredith Haydon at mhaydon@everslegal.com and 847-475-4222.

Univar Solutions: Senior Counsel (securities)

Update: Position filled, new hire announcement to be made on September 3.

Evers Legal has been exclusively retained by Univar Solutions to handle all sourcing for the following opportunity:

Senior Counsel with “mini-GC” generalist responsibilities for a segment of the business, and securities subject matter expertise responsibilities across the organization. Securities work will comprise approximately 30% of your time. We view this as an outstanding opportunity for a securities attorney who wishes to broaden his or her career path in a dynamic role that goes beyond just that subject matter focus.

In-house experience is a plus, but we will consider senior law firm Associates for whom this would make an ideal first move in-house. Minimum 5 years out of law school.

The Univar Solutions Legal Team is not your typical law department. The vision of the Univar Solutions legal team is to truly prevent problems. Lawyers at Univar Solutions think critically about their roles as business partners. We seek applicants who embrace process improvement and question professional norms.

Univar Solutions is a publicly traded international leader in industrial chemical distribution, headquartered in Downers Grove, IL. A full-time commitment to the headquarters location is required. For more on the company: www.univarsolutions.com

Interested candidates should please send a resume to mike@everslegal.com, or call 312-225-1144 with any preliminary questions. Any inquiry made directly to the legal team or HR professionals at Univar Solutions will be routed to Evers Legal for vetting.

Associate GC / Asst Corp Secretary: Knowles Corp

Update: Position filled.

Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) has engaged Evers Legal on an exclusive basis to handle all sourcing for the following position:

Associate General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary, reporting to the General Counsel and with board level visibility. Ideal candidate will be 10 to 15 years out of law school with experience that includes a focus on SEC public reporting and disclosure. Candidates must have current or past experience working in a corporate law department for a publicly traded company. The winner will be someone who has advised executives and boards on corporate governance best practices.

While this is primarily a securities position, the role includes a healthy dose of interesting M&A work (approx. 20%), some commercial transactions, and some compliance. It can be an ideal position for someone who seeks the kind of resume building role that will lead eventually to a GC opportunity. Or, it can be a long-term and potentially top of career move for an in-house securities attorney who will relish the role.

Compensation on this is very strong, with at-market base and bonus plus an attractive equity component. Local candidates preferred.

Knowles is headquartered in Itasca, IL. Our client is a market leader and global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic solutions and specialty components serving the mobile communications, consumer electronics, medical technology, military, aerospace and industrial markets. Knowles has more than 8,000 employees in 25 locations worldwide. Visit www.knowles.com for more information on the company.

Please note that this is an exclusive engagement. Any resumes or inquiries made directly to the general counsel or HR professionals at Knowles will be routed to Evers Legal for vetting. To apply, please send your resume in confidence to mike@everslegal.com. For additional inquiries, our number is 312-225-1144.


Career Advice Roundup

Mike pens a monthly career advice column in Corporate Counsel magazine.

Check out his most recent columns in Corporate Counsel (law.com) discussing how to play offense with your legal career and finding the best talent for your legal department during “hiring season.”

If you have any topic ideas you would like to see addressed in a future column, please send ideas and suggestions to mike@everslegal.com.  

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