Gene A. Capello was Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Pfizer Inc. from 2006 - 2012 when he elected early retirement. At Pfizer, he specialized in corporate governance, securities transactions and was counsel to the audit committee. A frequent speaker and panelist at various forums for lawyers and corporate governance professionals, Gene has most recently lectured on emerging issues in securities and corporate governance law, ethics and professionalism in securities law and audit committee practices.
Prior to Pfizer, Gene was Managing Director for Policy at Proxy Governance, Inc., where he was co-head of policy development at a new and innovative proxy advisory firm. From 1985 through 2004, he was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated and later at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. where he specialized in a number of areas including corporate governance, securities, foreign exchange and derivatives and banking law. Prior to that Gene was an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York.
Gene received his J.D. from St. John's University School of Law in 1981 where he was a member of the Law Review. He also holds an M.S.W. from New York University and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from The City College of New York. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (where he is a member of the Financial Reporting Committee) and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals. He is currently co-chair of the Practising Law Institute's (PLI) annual Audit Committee Workshop.
He is currently President of the Board of the Fair Housing Justice Center in Manhattan and a member of the Board of Riverside Health Care System in Yonkers, New York. He has served on a number of local civic and charitable organizations including serving as Chairman of the Board of the Westchester County Health Care Corporation (Westchester Medical Center).
Gene currently resides in Westchester County, New York with his wife, Doris, a former university professor and his daughter, Angela, a law student.