Bloomberg Law
Sept. 16, 2016, 6:54 PM

A Year Ago, This Chief Legal Officer Was a GC. What’s Changed?

Blake Edwards

Michael Ray has been the top lawyer at hard disk manufacturer Western Digital Corporation since 2010, but in November of last year Ray got a promotion of sorts: from general counsel to chief legal officer.

What’s changed? Mainly his perspective, Ray said, explaining that his number one job is still to provide “excellence in terms of the actual lawyering,” but as a CLO he’s also expected to step back and think more strategically.

“We have to make sure we’re stepping away, and the urgent doesn’t overwhelm the important, and we’re able to help guide the company as part of the executive team,” ...

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