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Roya Behnia

Roya Behnia

Pall Corporation
Former SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
New York, NY, USA


Ms. Behnia served as SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Pall Corporation, a NYSE-traded, Fortune 1000/S&P 500 company, until its acquisition by Danaher Corporation in September 2015. Pall makes complex filtration solutions for life sciences and industrial markets with operations and sales worldwide. A member of the seven-person executive team responsible for global strategy, Ms. Behnia led the legal, compliance, information security, internal audit and risk management functions. Ms. Behnia also served as SVP of Rewards Network Inc. (NASDAQ: Chicago, Illinois), a digital business/financial services company and was a member of the executive management committee.  There, she led the legal, compliance, human resources and risk management functions. Previously, she was Group General Counsel of a $1 billion segment of SPX Corporation consisting of seven global industrial businesses.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Behnia was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis. She has been a lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School, a member of its Visiting Committee and writes for The ABA Journal on innovation in legal practice since 2011. Currently, Ms. Behnia consults with law departments on executing strategic transformation and change and has developed an expertise on turning legal functions into best practice organizations leveraging people, process and technology.She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with 1991 and Harvard University in 1987.  Corporate Board Member magazine named Ms. Behnia a "Top General Counsel to Watch" in 2013.

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