ABB lays out its succession plan for its top lawyers and hires Maria Varsellona

The engineering and tech company ABB has hired Maria Varsellona to succeed Diane de Saint Victor as ABB ceneral counsel and corporate secretary.

Varsellona, whose appointment will be effective November 1, will be group general counsel and member of the executive committee. De Saint Victor will continue as secretary until next March. On April 1, 2020, Varsellona will become ABB GC and secretary while de Saint Victor will concentrate on board mandates. (Got all that?)

Varsellona has been Nokia’s chief legal officer of Nokia since 2014, and president of Nokia Technologies since last year. She joined Nokia Group in July 2013 as Nokia Siemens Networks GC, having previously served as the top lawyer at TetraPak. Before that, she held senior legal positions in GE Oil & Gas for many years.

 “Maria Varsellona brings extensive knowledge of contract law and mergers & acquisitions, among other specializations, as well as significant experience from various technology and industrial companies,” said ABB Chairman and CEO Peter Voser. “Her experience at Nokia in particular will help ABB to advance its digital leadership in industry while continuing to drive integrity and corporate governance relentlessly.”

Varsellona is an admitted lawyer in Italy and England, and has worked in private practice in both those countries, as well as having lectured on international contract law at the University of Florence. She holds a law degree from the University of Palermo (Juris Doctor), Italy.


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