SICK, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) has promoted Elise Furlan to general counsel. Previously, she was their associate general counsel. Furlan joined the company in 2014 and provides North American Commercial Groups with legal counsel, rendering cogent legal advice while ever-mindful of business implications. As general counsel, she has responsibility for the legal needs of the company’s North American subsidiaries, overseeing and collaboratively executing on legal issues in all departments and their interrelation.
“Elise Furlan has the track record of a consistent approach and the highest level of integrity,” said Bill Cooley, the chief financial officer of SICK and their Product & Competence Center for the Americas. “Because of her diligence, detail orientation and proactive approach, we have been able to grow with several key customers while managing overall business risk. Elise has also grown in her knowledge and influence within the business.”
Furlan noted a greater share of her role at the company today involves strategic thinking. “I’ve always had a passion for transactional or entrepreneurial law and tactical legal initiatives,” she said. “Developments such as Industry 4.0 and the increasingly complex legal environment make it even more imperative to help the business client succeed through legal strategy. I also look forward to continuing to develop legal talent here.”
Last year, Furlan was awarded a national First Chair award, receiving recognition as a Top General Counsel. The awards honor an annual selection of in-house counsel who make significant contributions to their legal community through hard work and innovation. Prior to joining SICK, she was general counsel at Tysvar LLC, a Minneapolis-based management consultancy. Furlan earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and political science/international relations from Carleton College in Northfield, MN, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis.
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