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Leanne Geale

Leanne Geale

Executive Vice President
General Counsel, Corporate Governance and Compliance

 

Leanne Geale has extensive legal, compliance and corporate governance experience in industry-leading global companies. She is helping Nestlé achieve its business and sustainability goals, to make a difference in a rapidly changing economic and regulatory environment.

Leanne was appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Governance and Compliance and a member of the Executive Board of Nestle S.A. on August 1, 2019. In this role she is transforming the Legal & Compliance function to enable and protect the company to meet business and ESG goals. She is also driving the digitalization of the Legal & Compliance function to support the business strategy and goals.

From 2014 to 2019, Leanne Geale was Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Royal Dutch Shell plc. Former positions at Shell include Associate General Counsel, Heavy Oil and Head of Legal for Shell Canada from 2011 to 2014, Shell Legal Services Coordinator for Royal Dutch Shell plc and its subsidiaries from 2006 to 2011 as well as Senior Solicitor and successively Associate General Counsel, Oil Products from 2003 to 2006.

Prior to her functions at Shell, she was a Senior Counsel for the Royal Bank of Canada, Senior Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Rio Algom Limited as well as Counsel for Alcan Aluminium Limited in Canada.

Leanne is a member of the board of directors of the CEELI Institute o.p.s. based in Prague whose mission is advancing the rule of law. Leanne has been an active volunteer in the area of mental illness and a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion.

Born and raised in Canada, Leanne holds a B.A. from the University of Alberta and a LL.B. from the Université de Montréal.

Date of birth: 1965
Nationality: Canadian
Languages: English, French
Other: Married, 2 children

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Career

  • August 2019 Nestlé S.A., Executive Vice President Nestlé S.A., General Counsel, Corporate Governance and Compliance
  • 2014 - 2019 Royal Dutch Shell plc, The Hague, The Netherlands, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
  • 2011 - 2014 Shell Canada Ltd., Calgary, AB, Canada, Associate General Counsel Heavy Oil and Head of Legal
  • 2006 - 2011 Royal Dutch Shell plc, The Hague, The Netherlands, Legal Services Coordinator, Shell Group and Subsidiaries
  • 2004 - 2006 Shell Canada Ltd., Calgary, AB, Canada, Associate General Counsel Oil Products
  • 2003 - 2004 Shell Canada Ltd., Calgary, AB, Canada, Senior Solicitor
  • 2002 - 2003 Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto, ON, Canada, Senior Counsel
  • 1996 - 2002 Rio Algom Ltd., Toronto, ON, Canada, Senior Counsel and Assistant Secretary
  • 1991 - 1996 Alcan Aluminium Ltd., Montreal, QC, Canada, Counsel

Education

  • 1989 Bachelor Law Degree, University of Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 1986 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Latin, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Mandates

  • Board Member, CEELI Institute, o.p.s.
  • Treasurer, Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce (CH)

Images

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