Kodak replaces outgoing general counsel with an internal promotion
The struggling photography legacy company Eastman Kodak Co. has shuffled its in-house legal chiefs. Roger Byrd succeeds Sharon Underberg, who has quit to lead the legal department of a tech company.
Byrd joined Kodak in 2015 as assistant general counsel, and has focused on corporate and transactional work in support of the company’s various strategic initiatives since that time. Before coming to Kodak, he was a partner at the Rochester, New York-based law firm Nixon Peabody, where he practiced M&A and securities law for 20-plus years. Byrd is based in Rochester and holds a Juris Doctorate from Duke University School of Law.
The company has tried different ways to be relevant in a world where most photos are taken on the millions of smartphones, rather than film or even digital cameras. It has tried to be relevant with environmentally friendly printing methods and most recently, with a bitcoin product called KodakCoin, whose introduction has been delayed to this summer. Among other things, Byrd will be working on spinoffs and other challenges as the company strives to remain current.