Placeholder image

HP Inc’s chief legal officer wins award

December 6, 2017

In a recent Lexology interview Kim Rivera, chief legal officer at HP Inc, opened up about her award and current role, and revealed the secrets to her success.

Rivera, who was recently awarded the Thought Leader of the Year award at the 2017 Global Counsel Awards, currently serves as chief legal officer of the OEM’s global legal affairs association and explained that she is responsible for “all of the company’s legal matters, government affairs and brand security.” She said, “There are approximately 375 employees in my organisation, with a mix of attorneys and non-attorneys”, adding that she has “nine deputy general counsels who oversee the various teams, such as intellectual property, government relations, ethics and compliance and global regions.”

When asked what led her to take this in-house career path, she explained, “Having a seat at the table and helping to drive decisions that could affect business success have always appealed to me. Not to mention the challenge of solving the complex issues that global businesses face – I am fuelled by this.”

Rivera described the most challenging situation that she has faced so far in her time at HP as being the notorious split, when the company divided into HP Enterprise and HP Inc, stating, “I joined HP days after it separated into an independent company. There was no handbook on how to successfully split a company of this size. There was a wide variety of post-separation issues, both anticipated and unanticipated. Ensuring fast, fair and equitable resolution of issues – while making sure that HP remained tightly focused on future successes – was tricky at times.”

She also described the “most significant challenges” facing in-house laws in the next few years as being “Keeping up with technology and supporting the fourth industrial revolution” while helping to “reinvent legal, ethical, regulatory and political frameworks to remain relevant and effective.”

Describing what she deems to be the essential qualities for a successful in-house lawyer, she cited “the ability to immerse yourself within the teams while maintaining your objectivity and independence”, in addition to developing relationships, particularly those that “allow you to influence for better business results” as these kinds of partnerships are “key.”

When it comes to advising senior leadership, Rivera said that “it is important to understand the goals of that leader’s organisation and how they connect to the broader business priorities.”

When asked if there are any significant developments in the industry that are worth highlighting, she responded, “I am inspired by the conversations being sparked around diversity. I love that innovation is so closely tied to diversity.” She went on to say, “With HP’s diversity initiative, which mandates that partner law firms maintain agreed diversity levels for teams working on HP matters, we have helped to spark a conversation in the industry.”

If she wasn’t a lawyer, Rivera said that she would be a coach as she is an “avid runner” and enjoys working with people, helping them to achieve simple goals and empowering them with confidence.

She concluded by thanking the Global Counsel Awards for her accolade, commenting that “The recognition is validation for not only my efforts, but also the hard work, innovation and high performance of the wonderful employees of the global legal affairs organisation at HP.”

Categories : Around the Industry

Tags :

Leave a Reply