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A picture worth a thousand words about the proper role of general counsel

The NY Times, July 8, 2008, at C3, published a photo of InBev’s chief executive striding through the US Senate surrounded by a bevy of reporters. Prominently in the shot, looking determined with her briefcase is Sabine Chalmers, the general counsel of InBev, who is striding four steps ahead of the CEO.

I like the image and its inspirational message for general counsel: the top legal officer not just at the table (or in the hallway) but leading the way, energetic, focused, in charge.