Transunion, a global information technology company has recently announced the hiring of Heather Russell, a talented legal executive as its Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. She is replacing John Blenke who previously announced that he will be retiring at the end of this year.

As Transunion’s EVP and CLO, Russell, who has regulatory expertise and extensive experience in global financial services will take charge of the company’s legal concerns, corporate governance, consumer privacy functions, government relations, and compliance. She will also perform the same functions in all the company’s subsidiaries. Heather Russell will also serve in the company’s executive committee and will report to Jim Peck, Chief Executive Officer and President of Transunion.

The new legal chief of Transunion will bring with her over 20 years of extensive experience in the field of data privacy and security, FinTech, regulatory compliance, consumer financial services, and mergers and acquisitions.

Upon her appointment to the position, Heather Russell said that this company has been on the cutting edge of information solutions and has been providing an essential service that enables businesses to make more informed and wiser decisions which give their customers easy access to their products and their services. She said that she is excited to use her experience in financial services for the company and is looking forward to collaborating with the team.

Previously, Russell worked in a number of reputable companies. She was formerly connected with Buckley Sandler, LLP as a team leader in financial institutions regulation, its fintech practices and supervision. Before her stint in Buckley, she worked with Fifth Third Bank as its Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary as well as its Executive Vice President.

Prior to her work with the Fifth Third Bank, Heather Russell also served in the Bank of New York as its Head of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs as well as its Managing Director. These are only some of the extensive legal experience of the new CLO of Transunion.

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