Hanover, MD (November 8, 2022) — Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA), the world’s leading legal search firm, announced the placement of James Matthew Vaughn as senior vice president and general counsel at Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. The search was conducted by Nancy Reiner, partner, and Amy Carlin, director, with MLA’s In-House Counsel Recruiting group in Boston.
Headquartered in Portland, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHN) is a global leader in the collection, processing and sale of the world's most recycled product, steel. Founded in 1906, Schnitzer has grown into a global leader in metals recycling through a combination of organic investments and acquisitions which provide state-of-the-art processing, manufacturing and information technologies.
Matt will serve as the chief legal officer for Schnitzer Steel and direct all its legal activities. He will be a key business partner to the executive management team and act as corporate secretary of the board of directors. He will also provide leadership and strategic legal and business advice in the areas of securities and corporate governance; corporate risk management; domestic and international business transactions; M&A and corporate finance; complex global environmental regulations; and litigation management.
“It was wonderful to partner with Schnitzer Steel in this highly competitive national search. Schnitzer’s leadership was committed to finding the right leader for success, and Matt is sure to be a strong business partner for the company,” said Nancy Reiner. “Matt’s highly developed legal and business acumen derived from his experience as a public company general counsel and law firm partner made him a great match for Schnitzer,” added Amy Carlin.
Matt spent the last eight-plus years as SVP, chief administrative officer, general counsel & chief compliance officer for Par Pacific Holdings, Inc., where he was responsible for all legal, human relations, environmental, health and safety, loss prevention, insurance, and governmental and external affairs. Prior to going in-house, he spent nearly 15 years with Porter Hedges, beginning his career as an associate and later making partner. His practice focused on corporate reorganizations and restructurings, commodities marketing, transportation, hedging and derivatives, corporate acquisitions, finance, and general civil litigation. Matt earned his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and his B.A. from Texas A&M University.
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