ACC Promotes from Within for New Chief Legal Officer

The Association of Corporate Counsel announced it is promoting one of its own to become the organization’s new chief legal officer.

Susanna McDonald, who has spent the majority of her legal career working for the ACC, began her role as the vice president and chief legal officer on June 1. McDonald takes over for Amar Sarwal who left the organization to be a stay-at-home dad.

The ACC is one of the biggest membership organizations for in-house counsel with more than 43,000 members in 85 countries. The group promotes the professional interests of in-house lawyers through advocacy, education and networking.

ACC president and CEO Veta Richardson said in a statement that she is excited to have McDonald lead the legal department.

“In her tenure at ACC, Susanna has taken on complex legal issues during a time of increased regulatory scrutiny and especially new privacy laws,” Richardson said. “She has always provided thorough counsel and risk analysis, and we look forward to her strong leadership of the entire legal function. I am especially pleased to welcome Susanna to ACC’s executive management team!”

McDonald said she is excited for the next phase of her career at the ACC.

“I look forward to leading the Office of the General Counsel, advancing ACC’s advocacy efforts, and managing the team that develops the legal resources our members rely upon in their daily work,” she said in a statement.