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Laura McPhail

Laura leads global General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and other senior Legal, Regulatory, Audit and Compliance executive searches across a range of corporates and financial institutions.  Prior to co-founding Exchange Place Partners, now Hedley May in the US, Laura helped build and lead the internal executive recruitment team at Merrill Lynch, placing senior leaders across corporate functional areas with an emphasis on senior roles in Compliance, Legal and Risk.  Laura started her career in executive search as a Consultant with Heidrick & Struggles and Whitehead Mann.  She has a BS in Marketing and International Business from Indiana University.

Hedley May Thinking

The Chief Compliance Officer of the Future: Five Key Skills

The Chief Compliance Officer of the future will need a set of skills that the current Compliance function alone cannot produce ...

Executive Pay – Perspectives on a fair Deal

Our survey results highlight the areas where there is broad alignment, to those where there is fundamental disagreement – from the importance of the CEO to a company’s success, to the need for better succession planning ...

Reward isn’t just a technical discipline; it is related to psychology, motivation and culture

Peter Newhouse, Global Head of Reward, discusses how Unilever is understanding reward from the consumers’ point of view and how the demands on Heads of Reward have changed now that we are in “the era of application”. He also dispenses some invaluable advice for the next generation of reward leaders ...

Changing Faces at the RemCo

Strategies for Navigating Today’s Remuneration Landscape ...

The Compliance Challenge – retaining and developing leaders in an overheating market

Five New Norms for the compliance market: Top talent will be at a premium Average talent will be valuable Total ...

Lawyers on Boards – “Where Are They?”

UK Boards are criticised for being drawn from a narrow pool of individuals who hold, or have previously held, senior executive positions – most commonly CEO and CFO roles. In this report, we examine why there are currently so few NEDs with legal backgrounds in the UK despite this being an aspiration for many in the profession ...
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Gender Diversity: Moving the Dial in 2012

A year after the Davies Report, there has been step change in the number of women appointed to FTSE 100 Boards. However, 87% of these board seats are non-executive. So how much has really changed and what more needs to be done to ensure women are better represented at all levels in organisations? Caroline Waters OBE gives her view on the controversial question of quotas and discusses some of the key barriers to progress and how these might be addressed ...
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Diversity and inclusion applies to everybody, from the CEO to the janitor…

Helen Mahy CBE, former General Counsel & Company Secretary, National Grid and Rosemary Martin, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Vodafone talk to Nick Hedley about the practical steps that can be taken to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace ...
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