MCCA Names Damien Atkins as Chair-Elect and Seth Krauss as Director to Board of Directors
Washington, D.C. – The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) announced today the appointment of Damien Atkins, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at the Hershey’s Company, as the next Chair of the Board of Directors and Seth Krauss, Chief Legal Officer of Endeavor to its Board of Directors.
“It is my pleasure to announce Damien as our Chair-Elect and Seth as a member of the board. As influential leaders, Damien and Seth have worked to break barriers to entry and increase the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys in the legal profession. Their guidance will play a critical role to help MCCA redefine what a diverse, inclusive and equitable community looks like in firms and legal departments,” said Jean Lee, President & CEO of MCCA.
Damien Atkins is responsible for leading the corporate secretary, government relations, legal and security functions at the Hershey’s Company. Prior to joining Hershey in August of 2018, he was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Panasonic Corporation of North America. At Panasonic, he managed the company’s full litigation portfolio and led global legal teams in several multi-jurisdictional Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and antitrust investigations, lawsuits and claims. Before Panasonic, Atkins was Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate and Chief Compliance Officer for AOL, Inc., leading a range of high-profile legal matters for the company, such as mergers and acquisitions, corporate and real estate legal matters, including AOL’s spin‐off from Time Warner. Atkins began his legal career in 1998 as a corporate associate at Chadbourne & Parke (now known as Norton Rose).
Seth Krauss oversees the global legal matters, government relations, risk management and physical security at Endeavor. Krauss is also a member of the executive team responsible for managing the day to day affairs of the company. Prior to Endeavor, Krauss served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. (NASDAQ TTWO). He joined Take-Two from Morgan Stanley, where he served as an Executive Director in the Legal and Compliance Division from 2004 until 2007. Krauss stared his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney and Senior Investigative Counsel in the New York County District Attorneys’ Office.
“It’s been a privilege to work with Damien on the board, he is an innovative and strong leader. I am proud of the work we have been able to accomplish together on the board, and am looking forward to how he will advance MCCA as the next Chair of the Board of Directors,” said Stuart Alderoty, Chairman of the MCCA Board and General Counsel at Ripple. “I welcome Seth as a Director and am thrilled to have an ally as strong as Seth join us to support our mission at this critical time in our profession. I look forward to working with them to continue our progress of changing the face of the legal industry.”
With the appointment of Seth Krauss, MCCA’s Board of Directors consists of 18 members: Stuart Alderoty, General Counsel, Ripple Labs, MCCA Board Chair; Jean Lee, President and CEO, MCCA; Ricardo Anzaldua, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Freddie Mac; Damien Atkins, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Hershey; Craig B. Glidden, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, General Motors; Duane Holloway, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, United States Steel Corporation; Sandra Leung, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Bristol Meyers Squibb; Hannah Lim-Johnson, Former Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Kelly Services; Linda Lu, Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel – Litigation, Enforcement & Strategy, TransUnion; Suzan A. Miller, Former Corporate Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Intel Corporation; Lanesha Minnix, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Flowserve; Amy Fliegelman Olli, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, VMware; Tom Robertson, Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft; Robin Sangston, Vice President, Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer, Cox Communications; Dawn Smith, President & Chief Operating Officer, Cologix, Inc; Wanji Walcott, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at Discover Financial Services and Neil Wilcox, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Enterprise Shared Services, USAA
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is the preeminent voice on diversity, inclusion and equity in the legal industry. It was founded in 1997 with a mission to recruit, retain and promote diverse attorneys by publishing research to providing professional development opportunities to offering advisory services. Today, MCCA empowers members with the tools needed to disrupt business as usual – and to blaze a path forward for their company, industry and corporate America.