Heather Russell has joined the consumer credit agency TransUnion, becoming the firm’s executive vice president and chief legal officer. She will assume her new post on June 4, replacing John Blenke, who had previously announced his plans to retire.
In joining TransUnion, Heather Russell will bring more than two decades of experience in the field of global financial services. Her background extends into such areas as consumer financial services, data security and regulatory compliance. In her new position, she will oversee legal matters and issues related to corporate governance and compliance, government relations and consumer privacy. Heather Russell will also serve on the firm’s executive committee and will report directly to Jim Peck, the president and CEO of TransUnion. Peck described her as a “strong addition” to the company.
A graduate of the College of William & Mary, in Virginia, Heather Russell would later receive her law degree from American University, in Washington. Her first professional experience in the legal field came from her work as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Claude Hilton. Her subsequent employment included service as counsel for the international legal firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, as senior vice president and associate general counsel at Bank of America, and as managing director and head of public policy and regulatory affairs at The Bank of New York Mellon. In her most recent position, Heather Russell was employed by the law firm of Buckley Sandler, where she was responsible for financial technology matters and for the regulation of financial institutions.
Chicago-based TransUnion is responsible for collecting and analyzing information on more than a billion consumers in some 30 countries. It also has the role of marketing credit reports and consumer-protection products. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the agency, which was originally created as a holding company for a railroad leasing service.