Separate reporting lines of the CLO and Corporate Secretary (Cadbury Schweppes)

With the departure of the company’s chief legal officer and group secretary, this UK-based company promoted one person to the CLO position, reporting to the CEO, and someone else to the secretary position, reporting to both the CEO and the Chairman (Corp. Counsel, Sept. 2005 at pg. 68)

Splitting the previously-united function of CLO and Corporate Secretary seems odd, and is infrequent among US companies. Having the Corporate Secretary report jointly, and above the CEO – at least I think the Chairman outranks the CEO – seems odder still. The Brits may be able to explain this puzzle.

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