Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer at TransUnion

Organization: TransUnion

Profession: Executive Vice President



Heather J. Russell is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer of TransUnion.


Ms. Russell is an accomplished legal executive with more than 25 years of diverse experience across the global financial services and technology sectors. She is responsible for legal, risk, compliance, government and regulatory relations, corporate governance, consumer privacy and ESG functions for TransUnion and its subsidiaries around the world.

Prior to joining the Company in 2018, Ms. Russell was a partner at the law firm of Buckley, LLP, from October 2016 until May 2018, where she led the firm’s Financial Institutions Regulation, Supervision and FinTech practices. Previously, she served as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Fifth Third Bank from September 2015 until July 2016. From July 2011 until August 2015, Ms. Russell was Managing Director and Global Head of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Bank of New York Mellon.

Prior to that, she spent five years as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Bank of America and eight years at Skadden in Washington, D.C. and London focused on financial services, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions.


Ms. Russell earned her B.A. from the College of William & Mary and her J.D. with honors from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she received the Outstanding Graduate Award.

Ms. Russell serves on the board of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, which advances policy solutions and fosters dialogue on critical global issues. She is also a board member of Illinois Legal Aid Online and serves in fundraising advisory roles for the National Women’s Law Center, Pitch Your Peers Chicago and the National Immigrant Justice Center.


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