Head, Group Legal and Compliance DBS BankDBS Bank was established in 1968 as a development financing institution and is now a full-service bank with the largest network of branches in Singapore and further branch networks in Hong Kong, Indonesia, China and India. It is a specialist in banking in Asia, and is active in the corporate, retail and investment fields. It is also one of Singapore’s main sources of medium and long-term financing. DBS also has international branches or representative offices in countries such as Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, the US and the Middle East. DBS Bank is held by DBS Group Holdings Ltd, one of the largest companies in terms of market capitalisation on the Singapore Exchange.
Executive vice president and general counsel (Also serving as chief environmental officer) Sempra EnergySempra Energy was created in 1998 through a merger of the parent companies of two long-established and highly respected private sector utilities. Sempra is a Fortune 500 energy services company based in San Diego, serving the largest customer base of any energy utility in the United States and with approximately 14,000 employees worldwide. The Sempra Energy companies develop energy infrastructure, operate utilities and provide related products and services to more than 29 million consumers in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America and Asia. In 2006 Sempra produced revenues of nearly $12 billion.
Senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Sysco CorporationSysco is based in Houston and provides food and related products and services to approximately 390,000 restaurants, health care and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers. Sysco’s operations, supported by 47,500 associates, are located throughout the United States and Canada and include broadline companies, specialty produce and custom-cut meat operations, Asian cuisine foodservice distributors, hotel supply operations, and chain restaurant distribution subsidiaries that serve both domestic and international locations.
Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, Tech Data CorporationTech Data Corporation was founded in 1974 and began expanding rapidly in 1983, developing its target markets and redirecting its efforts toward servicing microcomputer resellers as a wholesale distributor. The company has emerged as a leading global provider of IT products, logistics management and other value-added services. Based in Clearwater, Florida, Tech Data and its subsidiaries operate in 26 fulfilment centres in the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. With more than 90,000 customers in over 100 countries, Tech Data generated $21.4 billion in sales for its fiscal year ended 31 January 2007.
Executive vice president and general counsel, Aon CorporationFounded in 1919 and headquartered in Chicago, Aon Corporation is one of the world’s largest providers of insurance brokerage, risk management and human capital consulting, with 46,000 employees working in 500 offices in 120 countries. In the past 20 years, acquisition and internal development have catapulted Aon to its current position of market dominance, beginning in 1982 with the acquisition of the merged entity comprising Ryan Insurance Group and Combined International, followed by Hudig Langeveldt, Rollins Burdick Hunter, Miller Mason & Dickenson and Alexander & Alexander (among others).
Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, United Airlines Founded in 1926 as Boeing Air Transport, United Airlines is one of the largest international carriers based in the US, operating thousands of domestic and international routes daily from its hubs in Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, DC. February 2006 marked an important milestone for the company, which emerged from chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, in the longest and largest airline bankruptcy case in history (filed on 9 December 2002 in the aftermath of losses incurred following the September 11 terrorist attacks). It has a fleet of 460 aircraft, with global air rights in Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America.
Vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and director of legal, Brunswick Swiss immigrant John Brunswick began manufacturing billiard tables in 1845. Today, the company that bears his name retains its core billiard table division, but has achieved wider recognition in the prestige leisure products market. Technological innovations have played a large part in the success of the business: Brunswick is responsible for the first mineralite bowling ball, marketed in 1906, and the development of the revolutionary Brunswick Automatic Pinsetting device in 1956. Since then, Brunswick has grown to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of pleasure boats, marine engines, GPS and navigation technology, and bowling and fitness equipment. It is a Fortune 500 company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois.
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