Spencer Stuart Inc., an executive search and professional services firm, announced Thursday the appointment of a successor to longtime General Counsel Dave Rasmussen.
Luz “Lucy” Lopez, Associate General Counsel and Head of Legal for the Americas at McKinsey & Co. Inc., will join Spencer Stuart as General Counsel and General Counsel.
Spencer Stuart has revealed that Rasmussen will be retiring after 24 years with the Chicago-based firm, known for its expertise in recruiting in the internal legal space.
Lopez joins Spencer Stuart after spending over 23 years with McKinsey in New York. While working for the global consulting firm, she served as a project manager for opening new offices around the world, led a legal team of nearly 80 employees and helped launch new lines of business. and to conclude various transactions.
Spencer Stuart “is focused on finding and developing great leaders, which is more important than ever,” Lopez said in a statement announcing his move.
Spencer Stuart, a private company, said Lopez is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, having served as chairman of the McKinsey Group DE&I Legal Committee and the global leadership team for foster the recruitment, development and retention of talent, among other internal and external initiatives.
Spencer Stuart CEO Ben Williams said in a statement that “Lopez’s extensive legal experience in professional services” made her an ideal choice to succeed Rasmussen, who has spent the past 19 years as a vice -Principal president of taxation and law for the company.
Williams congratulated Rasmussen on his “well-deserved retirement” and said he was “essential to our success as a company”.
Lopez’s hiring was also touted by the National Hispanic Bar Association. The group praised her in a statement which noted that Lopez is a frequent speaker and member of her Poder25 initiative to increase the number of Hispanic legal chiefs in Fortune 1000 companies.
“We are delighted to see more of the HNBA family take on these important leadership roles,” said a statement from HBNA President Carlos Bollar, Co-Chair of Environmental Justice Practice at Archer Law Firm.
In February, Lopez’s name was on a list of 68 in-house lawyers released by HBNA as part of its Poder25 program to build a pipeline of Hispanic lawyers for a new generation of legal department heads.
Lopez immigrated to the United States as a child after being born in the Dominican Republic, according to a profile of her from Fordham University, where she was an undergraduate student. She began her legal career nearly three decades ago as a corporate partner at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City, where she managed cross-border transactions, joint ventures and project finance across Latin America.
Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., a competitor to Spencer Stuart in executive search and consulting, separated in June from its former general counsel Kamau Coar. Heidrick had named Coar his new legal and inclusion director earlier this year. In late June, Heidrick revealed in a securities filing that Coar had received a severance payment of $ 87,500 from the company.