About the Speakers
At Zeughauser Group, Alex advises law firm leaders and general counsel on a broad range of strategic issues and speaks on topics that he is passionate about, including leadership, diversity and inclusion, talent development and deepening strategic relationships between law firms and their clients. Alex is able to offer practical perspectives drawn from a unique combination of 20 years as a senior partner at a leading global law firm and over ten years as a leader of the world’s largest in-house legal department. He publishes frequently and is a sought-after speaker at law firm and legal department retreats, leadership meetings and high profile industry events.
As President and CEO of General Electric’s Global Growth Organization, Alex was responsible for driving GE’s growth in 180+ countries. On Alex’s watch in 2018, GE landed $76 billion in international orders. As GE’s General Counsel, Alex led a global team of 5,000+ responsible for GE’s legal matters, compliance and government affairs and environmental health and safety programs. Alex was also a leader of the transformation of GE Capital, where he oversaw the largest-ever IPO/split-off of Synchrony Financial and over $200 billion of dispositions. In earlier GE roles, Alex led complex joint venture negotiations in China and Russia and won the “Hero of Growth Award” for GE’s defense of financial-crisis investigations and litigation.
In announcing Alex’s retirement from GE in January 2019, CEO Larry Culp described Alex as “one of the most respected leaders at GE. He has ... been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion … and is widely recognized as a compelling champion of integrity, transparency and the rule of law.”
Alex joined GE from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a senior trial lawyer in a broad variety of cases for 20 years. He attended Yale College and Harvard Law School, where he served as Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Alex was selected as the then youngest-ever White House Fellow and worked in the Office of Political & Intergovernmental Affairs. He teaches a new class at Harvard Law School on the “Corporation as a Citizen” and has served as a Trustee on numerous non-profit Boards.
Alex has been married to his wife, Jill, for more than 30 years. They have three adult children and divide their time between New York and California.
Mary K Young
Before joining Zeughauser Group in 2006, Mary K established her reputation as a legal innovator during her tenure as chief marketing officer for Howrey. Partnering with firm leadership, she was instrumental in the firm’s strategic planning initiatives and the integration of a major merger partner. She developed and launched new positioning and advertising for the firm and led the development of its new corporate identity. As Howrey extended its footprint to London, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Paris, Mary K developed and implemented the strategic plans for each of those offices.
Before transitioning to the legal field, Mary K spent ten years as a business director and brand manager for Kraft Foods, where she developed and implemented profit and revenue growth strategies for some of the company’s most important products. In this capacity, she led a team of 50 professionals and had strategy, revenue, and profit growth responsibility for an $870 million business. She subsequently returned to Washington, D.C. as senior vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, responsible for developing industrywide strategy and positioning for the $34 billion distilled spirits industry.
Mary K is committed to bringing legal services to those who lack access to critical resources. She has provided pro bono strategic planning services to a number of organizations, including Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services, and The Pro Bono Project of New Orleans. She currently serves on the KIND Advisory Board.
Mary K holds an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and an A.B. from Vassar College.
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