Hanover, MD (February 26, 2020) — Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA), the world’s leading legal search firm, today announced the placement of Deneen Donnley as senior vice president and general counsel at Con Edison in New York. Deneen succeeds Elizabeth Moore, who retired at the end of December. The search was conducted by Lee Udelsman and Michael Sachs, both partners in MLA’s In-House Counsel Recruiting group in New York and Chicago respectively.
Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $56 billion in assets. The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to 3.5 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y.
Deneen will serve as the senior legal advisor to the board of directors, chief executive officer and senior management. Reporting to the chairman and CEO, she will lead a seasoned team of four vice presidents who oversee business ethics and compliance, legal services, the office of the secretary and regulatory services.
“Deneen is an ideal choice to lead Con Edison’s legal department into the next chapter of this well-established New York institution,” said Michael Sachs. “Deneen has led large legal teams several times throughout her career and is a fantastic fit with the culture and people orientation at Con Edison,” said Lee Udelsman. “We couldn’t be more excited that Deneen has been able to return to the place where she was raised.”
Prior to joining Con Edison, Deneen spent the last nine years with USAA in San Antonio, most recently serving as executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary. She has also held general counsel positions at USAA’s Federal Savings Bank and ING Direct USA. Prior to going in-house, Deneen served as a corporate and bank regulatory associate with Pepper Hamilton in Wilmington and also spent several years as a staff attorney with the Federal Reserve Board in Washington. She is currently a fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and a member of the board of directors of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
Deneen earned her J.D. from Fordham University and her B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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