March 14, 2014

Lorenz Capalad
 (732) 868-0000 x118

 SOMERSET, NJ – On March 13th, 2014, Hugh C. Welsh, Esq., President and General Counsel of DSM North America moderated a General Counsel Studio Executive Dinner Series meeting. The event, held at Blue Morel in Morristown, NJ, focused on a topic Welsh knows well, “General Counsel to President: The Next Natural Progression.” The evening was hosted by Real Estate Strategies Corporation.

Welsh began the meeting by detailing his fortuitous rise. While he never set out to become president of a North American division of a global company, he carved his career path by creating opportunities to pursue his passion for growing businesses. By becoming involved with strategy and operations outside the scope of a conventional general counsel, Welsh gained the business and strategic experiences that prepared him for his seat behind the big desk.

Last night he also shared insights on how other general counsels can shape their career to set themselves up to ascend to a chief business role in the future. Many fellow participants also discussed how they are expanding the business roles of general counsel at their own companies.

Welsh then discussed how his background as a general counsel provides the lens through which he views risk and opportunity as president. He frankly talked about the challenges of wearing both hats of president and general counsel and how he structures his own legal department to create a team of legal generalists instead of specialists.

An article detailing this discussion will appear soon on

CFO Studio will be hosting a reception on March 27th, 2014 to honor Brian Friedman, CFO of the NY Jets. The cocktail and networking event will be held at The Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility in Florham Park, NJ. Attendance to this event will be limited. To request an invitation, please contact or phone: 732-868-0000 x118.


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General Counsel Studio draws on the best of new and traditional media to promote New Jersey and New York area General Counsels and Chief Legal Officers as business and strategy thought-leaders.  We launched General Counsel Studio in 2012 as a relationship-building venue and have fostered greater success for our guests and ourselves. General Counsel Studio offers various alternatives in which qualified executives can participate in and influence the General Counsel conversation. Visit to watch interviews with New Jersey area’s top general counsels.

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