TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) has hired Heather Russell as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, effective June 4.

Russell is an accomplished legal executive with more than 20 years of diverse experience across the global financial services sector including expertise in consumer financial services, data privacy and security, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and FinTech. She will be responsible for all legal, government relations, corporate governance and compliance, and consumer privacy functions of TransUnion and its subsidiaries, reporting to TransUnion President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Peck and serving on TransUnion’s Executive Committee.

Russell joins TransUnion from the law firm of Buckley Sandler, LLP, where she was a leader in the firm’s financial institutions regulation, supervision and fintech practices. Prior to joining Buckley Sandler, Russell was Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Fifth Third Bank; Managing Director and Head of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Bank of New York Mellon; and Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Bank of America. Russell also spent eight years at Skadden, Arps in Washington, DC and London focused on financial services, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Russell holds a JD with honors from American University’s Washington College of Law and a BA from the College of William & Mary.

Russell will replace John Blenke, who announced his plan to retire later this year.

Source: TransUnion Press Release