Chief Legal Officer - General Counsel Executive Search

The Challenge

A leading vision insurance provider in the US came to N2Growth with a Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel succession opportunity. After fifteen years of serving in the role, the Chief Legal Officer announced his retirement. With just a half year until their departure, the client and N2Growth launched an engagement to find the insurance provider’s next legal executive.

The Mission

Throughout the last fifteen years of the CLO’s tenure, our client went on an aggressive growth trajectory where they now were composed of six complementary business units. Staying true to their nonprofit mission of providing affordable vision insurance benefits, their business pillars directly connected 90 million patients to network doctors, spanning across the globe. Their new size and extensive footprint brought new strategic and legal challenges a new general counsel would need to confront. 

Our client was not solely looking for a legal scholar but also a leader possessing a solid understanding of expansionary strategy, regulatory compliance, and business savviness. The perfect candidate for this role would need to lead the legal department, build strong relationships with the business unit heads, understand the challenges and opportunities of our client’s unique business lines, and communicate business strategy comfortably within the executive team.

The Result

N2Growth and the client embarked on a search that encompassed assessing three pools of talent: internal candidates, an open outside application campaign, as well as a targeted talent acquisition search. Hard skills were only the starting point. The search entailed assessing candidate personalities, business acumen, leadership qualities, and performance in highly regulated, fast-paced, and entrepreneurial organizations. 

“The team at N2Growth adapted and responded to meet our needs and worked closely with us to secure the best candidate.” 

Within 78 days of the engagement kickoff, the client and N2Growth partnership unearthed the perfect candidate. Coming from the financial sector, our client’s next Chief Legal Officer would come with in-depth experience in a growth-oriented organization as well as a customer-centric and mission-oriented business. N2Growth is excited for its continued partnership with our client and watching its business successes and further impact the world.

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