2012 General Counsel Rankings

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Cameron Findlay

Cameron Findlay is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Medtronic, Inc., the world’s largest medical device company. In this role, Cam leads Medtronic’s 120-lawyer global legal department and its government affairs department and serves as a member of the Executive Committee.

Cam joined Medtronic after serving for six years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Aon Corporation, the world’s largest insurance broker, with nearly $10 billion in annual revenues and 50,000 employees in 120 countries around the world. Before that, he served as Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor in the administration of President George W. Bush. In that role, he was the number-two official and chief operating officer of a cabinet department with a $70 billion budget and nearly 20,000 employees. Before that, he was a partner at the international law firm of Sidley Austin LLP. Cam also has served in the White House in the administration of President George H.W. Bush as Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Chief of Staff, as a law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Antonin Scalia, and as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for Judge Stephen Williams.

Cam received his bachelor’s degree in political science summa cum laude from Northwestern University in 1982. He received a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics with First Class Honors from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, in 1984. He received his juris doctor magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1987.

Cam has been active in numerous philanthropic and professional organizations. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University and on the Executive Committee of that Board, and on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Orchestra. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.

2012 General Counsel Rankings

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We screened over 15,000 General Counsel in the United States. Only the very best are awarded the distinction of being a part of ExecRank’s “Top General Counsel Rankings” for 2012. The number one area of focus for General Counsel in 2012 has been their success in advising their CEO on legal and regulatory issues that are crucial to the company’s operations and growth initiatives. ExecRank weighed heavily the recommendations provided by the CEOs of our finalists. In addition, we saw a significant uptick in the number of speeches given and books published by the leaders in this years rankings.


General Counsel were ranked according to our patent-pending proprietary Ranking Algorithm that calculates points for 24 key categories, in addition to the insights and feedback from evaluation committees featuring some of the world’s most renowned business leaders. Like all of our position specific ranking algorithms, the General Counsel Ranking Algorithm serves as an objective standard for executive performance and is designed to produce results that act as leading indicators for future executive and team performance.


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1. Cameron Findlay, Medtronic 2. Frank Barron, Morgan Stanley 3. Jane Sherburne, Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
4. David Leitch, Ford Motor 5. Leila Vespoli, FirstEnergy 6. Hilary Krane, Nike
7. Robert Carl Weber, International Business Machines 8. Sharon Barner, Cummins 9. Deborah Majoras, Procter & Gamble
10. Timothy Goodell, Hess 11. Charles Kalil, Dow Chemical 12. Jay Stephens, Raytheon
13. Albert Cornelison Jr., Halliburton 14. Jack Balagia, Exxon Mobil 15. Marschall Smith, Archer Daniels Midland
16. William McDavid, Freddie Mac 17. Bill Von Hoene, Exelon 18. Amy Schulman, Pfizer
19. Laureen Seeger, McKesson 20. Brad Smith, Microsoft 21. Kimberly Bowers, Valero Energy
22. Charles Gill, United Technologies 23. Max Laun, Alcoa 24. Robert Armitage, Eli Lilly
25. Alan Kraczko, Hartford Financial Services Group 26. Frank Steeves, Emerson Electric 27. Rick McMillan, Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold
28. Mitchell Richling, WellPoint 29. Charles Wunsch, Sprint Nextel 30. D. Wayne Watts, AT&T
31. Elizabeth Ferguson, Medco Health Solutions 32. Edward Ryan, Marriott International 33. Sandra Leung, Bristol-Myers Squibb
34. David Scott, Amgen 35. Marc Firestone, Phillip Morris International 36. Bruce Kuhlik, Merck
37. Ellen Kaden, Campbell Soup 38. Sharon Ryan, International Paper 39. Lewis Steverson, Motorola Solutions
40. Matt Broad, OfficeMax 41. Douglas Sgarro, CVS Caremark 42. John Schultz, Hewlett-Packard
43. Leslie Turner, Hershey 44. Charles Baker, Ball 45. Robert Grey, PPL
46. Jim Strother, Wells Fargo 47. James Jenkins, Deere 48. David Vetter, Tech Data
49. John Ale, Occidental Petroleum 50. Don Liu, Xerox 51. Jeffrey Gearhart, Wal-Mart Stores
52. Arthur Block, Comcast 53. Gloria Santona, McDonald’s 54. Paul Dacier, EMC
55. William Lemmer, Cameron International 56. Sara Moss, Estee Lauder 57. Louis Briskman, CBS
58. William Casazza, Aetna 59. James Garraux, United States Steel 60. Denise McWatters, HollyFrontier
61. Kent Magill, Hillshire Brands 62. James Breedlove, Praxair 63. Charles Sieving, NextEra Energy
64. Janet Kelly, ConocoPhillips 65. Alexander Lake, Jr., World Fuel Services 66. Pat Hatler, Nationwide
67. Kenneth Spence III, Travelers Cos. 68. Alan Braverman, Walt Disney 69. Maria Green, Illinois Tool Works
70. William Peterson, Verizon Communications 71. Gregory Gallopoulos, General Dynamics 72. Stacy Fox, Sunoco
73. Kirsten Hewitt, Whirlpool 74. Jonathan Ferrando, AutoNation 75. Rachel Seifert, Community Health Systems
76. Gerson Zweifach, News Corp. 77. Denise Keane, Altria Group 78. William Solomon, Jr., Ally Financial
79. Dorian Daily, Oracle 80. Paul Cappuccio, Time Warner 81. Janet Dhillon, J.C. Penney
82. Timothy Baer, Target 83. Bernhard Goepelt, Coca-Cola 84. Ivan Fong, 3M
85. Marc Manly, Duke Energy 86. Michael Ullmann, Johnson & Johnson 87. J. Michael Luttig, Boeing
88. James Buda, Caterpillar 89. Richard Hirst, Delta Air Lines 90. Marc Lawrence-Apfelbaum, Time Warner Cable
91. Joe Hubach, Texas Instruments 92. Monica Gaudiosi, UGI 93. Paul Heldman, Kroger
94. David Bialosky, Goodyear Tire and Rubber 95. Susan Blount, Prudential Financial 96. Stacey Goff, CenturyLink
97. Louis Stellato, Sherwin-Williams 98. John Chou, AmerisourceBergen 99. Thomas Russo, American International Group
100. Susie Lees, Allstate 101. Alan Crain, Baker Hughes 102. Marie Huber, Agilent Technologies
103. Thomas Sabatino, Jr., Walgreen 104. David Birk, Avnet 105. Eric Cohen, Terex
106. Teresa Roseborough, Home Depot 107. Dennis Broderick, Macy’s 108. John Attaway Jr., Publix Super Markets
109. Larry Hunter, DirecTV 110. Lee Mitau, U.S. Bancorp 111. Lawrence Tu, Dell
112. Arthur Chong, Broadcom 113. Gregory Nelson, Ameren 114. J. Michael Wilder, Marathon Petroleum
115. Mark Chandler, Cisco Systems 116. Walter Compton, Murphy Oil 117. Ken Hunt, Manpower
118. Carlos Hernandez, Fluor 119. Peter Brown, Arrow Electronics 120. Michael Fricklas, Viacom
121. Stephanie Hildenbrandt, Enterprise Products Partners 122. Sheila Cheston, Northrop Grumman 123. Larry Boyd, Ingram Micro
124. Christopher Mansfield, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group 125. Harry Wolin, Advanced Micro Devices 126. Katherine Adams, Honeywell International
127. Evan Charkes, Bank of America Corp. 128. Larry Thompson, PepsiCo 129. Douglas Melamed, Intel
130. Robert Gordon, Safeway 131. Brackett Denniston III, General Electric 132. Teri McClure, United Parcel Service
133. Michael Williams, Staples 134. Rohan Weerasinghe, Citigroup 135. Keith Ebling, Express Scripts Holding
136. Susan Miller, Avery Dennison 137. Donald Rosenberg, Qualcomm 138. Brandon Becker, TIAA-CREF
139. Nicole Jones, Cigna 140. Anthony Lannie, Apache 141. Hyun Park, PG&E Corporation
142. Andrew Bonzani, Interpublic Group 143. Carter Reid, Dominion Resources 144. Robert Sloan, Entergy
145. Vincent Hatton, Corning 146. Michael Prevoznik, Quest Diagnostics 147. Thomas Sager, DuPont
148. Mike Miller, American Electric Power 149. Rankings Update 150. David Drummond, Google
151. Roderic Lewis, Micron Technology 152. Keith Nelson, Best Buy 153. Stanton Dodge, DISH Network
154. Stephen Falk, Cardinal Health 155. Brian Miller, AES 156. Jeff Benjamin, Avon Products
157. Nicholas Latrenta, MetLife 158. Michael O’Brien, Omnicom Group 159. Peter Lieb, Aon
160. Craig Rainey, Williams 161. John Finneran, Capital One Financial 162. Joseph Masters, URS
163. Timothy Pratt, Boston Scientific 164. Gene DeFelice, Barnes and Noble 165. Brian Sephton, INTL FCStone
166. Gary Kennedy, AMR 167. Michael Ray, Western Digital 168. Charles Parrish, Tesoro
169. Maryanne Lavan, Lockheed Martin 170. Roderick Palmore, General Mills 171. Kelly Tompkins, Cliffs Natural Resources
172. Michael Millikin, General Motors 173. Richard Baer, UnitedHealth Group 174. Gregory Palm, Goldman Sachs Group
175. Sylvia Kerrigan, Marathon Oil 176. John Junek, Ameriprise Financial 177. Kim Rucker, Kraft Foods
178. Marc Strassler, Rite Aid 179. Thaddeus Miller, Calpine 180. Paulette Dodson, Petsmart
181. Michael Tyler, Sanmina-SCI 182. Craig Tyle, Franklin Resources 183. Katherine O’Brien, New York Life Insurance
184. Maureen Brundage, Chubb 185. David Zapolsky, Amazon.com 186. Bryan Blankfield, Oshkosh
187. Gayla Thal, Union Pacific 188. Lowry Barfield, Western Refining 189. Edison Holland, Jr., Southern
190. Bart Schwartz, Assurant 191. Carol Meltzer, Spectrum Group International 192. Thomas Carney, Pantry
193. Bruce Sewell, Apple 194. Elisa Garcia, Office Depot 195. Matthew Biben, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
196. Steven Post, L-3 Communications 197. Kim Rivera, DaVita 198. Christopher Todoroff, Humana
199. Robert Lupone, Textron 200. Paul Schroeder Jr., Dillard’s 201. Louise Parent, American Express
202. Susan Lanigan, Dollar General 203. Laura Schumacher, Abbott Laboratories 204. Terry Larkin, Lear
205. Steven Covey, Navistar International 206. Russell Libby, Sysco 207. Vincent Maffeo, SAIC
208. Joseph Haggerty, Mylan 209. David Schwartz, Toys “R” Us 210. Martin Holton III, Reynolds American
211. Scott Wilensky, Xcel Energy 212. Daniel Kaufman, GameStop 213. Andrew Conrad, Aflac
214. Robert Reeves, Anadarko Petroleum 215. Todd Sheldon, Supervalu 216. David Burton Garten, Chevron
217. James Moore, Huntsman 218. Robert Sari, Nordstrom 219. Christine Richards, FedEx
220. Mark McGuire, Eaton 221. Lisa iglesias, WellCare Health Plans 222. Gaither Keener, Jr., Lowe’s
223. Dane Drobny, Sears Holdings 224. Lawrence Dreyfuss, Plains All American Pipeline 225. William Deckelman, Computer Sciences
226. Adam Ciongoli, Lincoln Naitonal 227. Bo Bishop, Unum Group 228. Michael Carter, Dole Food
229. Leon Roday, Genworth Financial 230. Jonathan Schwartz, Cablevision Systems 231. Rankings Update
232. Michelle Banks, Gap 233. Dwight Rettig, National Oilwell Varco 234. John Gasparovic, BorgWarner
235. Simon Leung, Synnex 236. Thomas Mason, Energy Trasfer Equity 237. David Horn, AK Steel Holding
238. Steven Bennett, United Services Automobile Assn. 239. Andrew Hendry, Colgate-Palmolive 240. Lon Bouknight, Public Service Enterprise Group
241. Vaughn Groves, Alpha Natural Resources 242. John Stanley, Air Products and Chemicals 243. Jonathan Graham, Danaher
244. D.T. Robottom, Enbridge Energy Partners 245. Tim Donovan, Caesars Entertainment 246. Peter Beshar, Marsh and McLennan
247. Raymond Fortin, SunTrust Banks 248. William Watson, Steel Dynamics 249. James Baehren, Owens-Illinois
250. James Harrington, Tenneco 251. Bob Waterman, HCA Holdings 252. Eric Margolin, CarMax
253. Richard Dykhouse, Charter Communications 254. Gregory Wittrock, Masco 255. Rankings Update
256. Bruce Beatt, Stanley Black and Decker 257. Javade Chaudhri, Sempra Energy 258. Justin Choi, Anixter International
259. Jeff Carp, State Street Corp. 260. Nancy Laben, AECOM Technology 261. Paul Reynolds, Fifth Third Bancorp
262. Stephen Gottesfeld, Newmont Mining 263. Roger Cooke, Precision Castparts 264. Stephen Lake, Oneok
265. Andrew Farley, KBR 266. Bill Hutton, Reinsurance Group of America 267. Michael Sharnas, Visteon
268. Tracy Rich, Guardian Life Ins. Co. Of America 269. Natalie Black, Johnson Controls 270. Jerome Richey, Consol Energy
271. Ellen Fitzsimmons, CSX 272. Robert Normille, Mattel 273. Terry Rasmussen, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
274. Noah Hanft, MasterCard 275. Jeffrey Zimmerman, Hertz Global Holdings 276. Seth Hoogasian, Thermo Fisher Scientific
277. Stephen Johnson, US Airways Group 278. Lyndon Taylor, Devon Energy 279. Paul Chung, Targa Resources
280. Rick Wittenbraker, Waste Management 281. Harry Goldsmith, AutoZone 282. Barbara Mathews, Edison International
283. Laura Meagher, VF 284. Scott Rozzell, CenterPoint Energy 285. Shane Spradlin, Penske Automotive Group
286. Robin Walker-Lee, TRW Automotive Holdings 287. Gjon Nivica, Celanese 288. Gary Pilnick, Kellogg
289. Colleen Batcheler, ConAgra Foods 290. Ira Raphaelson, Las Vegas Sands 291. Angelee Bouchard, Health Net
292. Ben Campbell, C.H. Robinson Worldwide 293. Steve Reynolds, Aramark 294. David Snively, Monsanto
295. Christian Campbell, Yum Brands 296. Glenn Bost II, PPG Industries 297. Peter Ganz, Ashland
298. Ted Bobby, H.J. Heinz 299. Grace den Hartog, Owens and Minor 300. Scott Offer, Motorola Mobility Holdings
301. Curtis Hall, Stryker 302. Peter Janzen, Land O’Lakes 303. Charles Berardesco, Constellation Energy
304. Steven Kemps, Dean Foods 305. Kay Rustand, Reliance Steel and Aluminum 306. Edward Faneuil, Global Partners
307. Doug Barnard, CF Industries Holdings 308. James Brunner, CMS Energy 309. Diane Lazzaris, Wesco International
310. David Anderson, Paccar 311. John Howard, W.W. Grainger 312. Elizabeth Moore, Consolidated Edison
313. Marc Levin, Dana Holding 314. Debra Kuper, AGCO 315.Rankings Update
316. James Seifert, Ecolab 317. John McManus, MGM Resorts International 318. Alexander Kayne, Omnicare
319. Thomas Zielinski, Coventry Health Care 320. Lori Marco, Hormel Foods 321. Josh Floum, Visa
322. Gregg Alton, Gilead Sciences 323. Robert Walls, CC Media Holdings 324. Lucy Helm, Starbucks
325. Steven Schwartz, Cognizant Technology Solutions 326. Ann McCauley, TJX 327. Ann Bruder, Commericial Metals
328. Michael Rissman, Republic Services 329. Bryan Hall, Liberty Global 330. Mark Young, TravelCenters of America
331. Sandy McDade, Weyerhaeuser 332. David Shcarf, Baxter International 333. James Snyder, Family Dollar Stores
334. Bradley Barron, NuStar Energy 335. Mike Jacobson, eBay 336. Teresa Sebastian, Darden Restaurants
337. Christine Castellano, Corn Products International 338. John Capps, Jarden 339. Alexander Schoch, Peabody Energy
340. Thomas Piraino, Parker Hannifin 341. Gerald Endler, DTE Energy 342. Gary Begeman, NII Holdings
343. David Money, First Data 344. Charles Tanabe, Liberty Interactive 345. Stacey Dore, Energy Future Holdings
346. Robert Johnson, BB&T Corp. 347. Michael Bonarti, Automatic Data Processing 348. Nicholas Pace, Amerigroup
349. Brett Hart, United Continental Holdings 350. Kenneth Vittor, McGraw-Hill 351. Gary Garson, Loews
352. Richard Mack, Mosaic 353. Joel Benoliel, Costco Wholesale 354. Sarah Powell, Advance Auto Parts
355. Karen Shaff, Principal Financial 356. Matthew Klein, Universal Health Services 357. Joseph Schmidt, Dover
358. Michael Cole, Smithfield Foods 359. William Markley, Jacobs Engineering Group 360. Allan Rauch, Bed Bath and Beyond
361. Suzanne Bettman, R.R. Donnelley & Sons 362. Samuel Fried, Limited Brands 363. Scott Taylor, Symantec
364. Jonathan Bridge, Berkshire Hathaway 365. Joy Evans, Progressive 366. Chris McGarry, Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea
367. Lara Sjobring, Autoliv 368. Patrick Pope, Kinder Morgan 369. Andrew Deal, Henry Schein
370. Kelly McNamara Corley, Discover Financial Services 371. Chris Manoussakis, NRG Energy 372. Matthew Mallow, BlackRock
373. Christine Leahy, CDW 374. Roberta Lang, Whole Foods Market 375. Michael Donaldson, EOG Resources
376. John Carpenter, Peter Kiewit Sons’ 377. Joseph Sweeney, Applied Materials 378. Kevin Andris, Norfolk Southern
379. James Webb, Chesapeake Energy 380. Stephen Coss, Sonic Automotive 381. Madeleine Johnson, Southwest Airlines
382. Robert Hoyt, PNC Financial Services Group 383. Robert Paver, Jabil Circuit 384. William Gallagher, Crown Holdings
385. Richard Schepp, Kohl’s 386. Doug Gunson, Nucor 387. David Allen, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
388. Carol Kracht, Northwestern Mutual 389. David Van Bebber, Tyson Foods 390. John Buchanan, Regions Financial
391. Theresa Lee, Eastman Chemical 392. Ellis Zahra, Winn-Dixie Stores 393. Mary Moore, Tenet Healthcare
394. James Gorry, Dollar Tree 395. David Holman, American Family Insurance Group 396. Amy Jo Tangeman, Expeditors International of Washington
397. Jeffrey Sherman, Becton Dickinson 398. Roland Spies, State Farm Insurance Co.

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