With over 20 years of experience, Heather Russell was recently named TransUnion’s Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, she will also serve on the executive committee. Russell has expertise in a number of fields that include: data privacy and security, consumer financial services, regulatory compliance, FinTech, and mergers and acquisitions. The diversity of her experience and expertise made her a prime candidate for this important job. Heather Russell’s new responsibilities will include all aspects of legal and government affairs, company governance and obedience, and customer privacy functions.
Heather Russell’s boss is Jim Peck, who is the President and CEO at TransUnion. Peck believes Russell is, because of her vast expertise and knowledge in the industry, a powerful addition to the TransUnion leadership team.
Jim Peck and TransUnion might be excited that Russell is joining their leadership teams but, she is equally excited. Russell believes that TransUnion is leading the industry in providing clients with quality and useful information that allows them to make the most educated decisions for their business.
Heather Russell has held a number of positions in the past that have primed her for this new executive role. At Buckley Sandler, LLP, Russell oversaw the law firm’s economic institutions regulations, and supervised the fintech processes. Before joining the Buckley Sandler team, Russell worked at Fifth Third Bank, where she served in a number of leadership roles including Chief Legal Officer. Heather Russell held a number of other leadership roles that gave the experience needed for her role at TransUnion.
In addition to her job experience, Russell’s Education also played a role in preparing her for her new position at TransUnion. She attended The College of William and Mary, where, in 1993, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and biology. From 1994 until 1997, she continued her education at American University, Washington College of Law where she earned her Doctor of Law degree.