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Hertz motors on with new top lawyer

Current general counsel Dave Galainena is retiring.

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Rental car giant Hertz has named Colleen Batcheler executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective May 20.

Colleen Batcheler (Courtesy photo)
Colleen Batcheler (Courtesy photo)

Batcheler will lead global governance for Estero-based Hertz, which encompasses legal, compliance and government affairs, according to a statement. Batcheler succeeds Dave Galainena, who was executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for the past three years. Galainena, who has practiced law for nearly 40 years, will continue with the company through June 30 to facilitate a transition, the release adds.

"We are excited to have Colleen join our leadership team at a time of considerable opportunity for Hertz to engage its customers and to lead the industry in the future of mobility and travel," says Hertz CEO Stephen Scherr in the release. "Colleen's strategic thinking and deep experience with formidable consumer brands will better position Hertz to execute on its core priorities of electrification, shared mobility and the delivery of a digital-first customer experience."

Batcheler has more than 15 years of experience as a business-oriented general counsel and senior leader and more than 20 years of experience advising public companies. Since 2009, Colleen she has been executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at branded food behemoth Conagra Brands; she has spent the past 16 years overseeing all legal and governmental affairs for the company. Prior to Conagra, Batcheler was vice president and corporate secretary at Albertson's, associate counsel with The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and an associate with the law firm of Jones Day.

"I'm thrilled to join Hertz at this pivotal time for the company," Batcheler says in the release. “The company's strategic focus and investment in the future of mobility presents an exciting opportunity, and I look forward to working alongside the leadership at Hertz and with all the talented team members around the world to drive the business forward."

Batcheler has a big legal task awaiting her at Hertz: The company currently faces a lawsuit for reporting vehicles stolen while the drivers were in good standing — a practice that's led to dozens of false arrests. Scherr publicly accounted for the situation in recent TV interviews, saying the company intends to “resolve it “very, very quickly.”


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