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Apr 19, 2022

Hertz finds successor to retiring general counsel

Colleen Batcheler is joining next month from Conagra Brands

Vehicle rental company Hertz has recruited Colleen Batcheler to become executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective May 20.

In her new role, Batcheler will lead Hertz’s global governance function, which includes legal, compliance and government affairs.

She will succeed Dave Galainena, who is retiring. He has held the role of executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for the past three years, and will continue with the company through June 30 to help with the transition. Before joining Hertz, Galainena was in private practice as a partner at law firm Winston & Strawn, which he joined in 1995.

Batcheler has since 2009 been executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Conagra Brands. She has been with the food company for 16 years, overseeing legal and governmental affairs. Before joining Conagra, Batcheler was vice president and corporate secretary at Albertson’s and previously associate counsel with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and an associate with the law firm Jones Day.

Colleen Batcheler

Hertz Global Holdings operates the Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty vehicle rental brands.

Hertz CEO Stephen Scherr says in a statement: ‘We are excited to have Colleen join our leadership team at a time of considerable opportunity for Hertz to engage its customers and to lead the industry in the future of mobility and travel. Colleen's strategic thinking and deep experience with formidable consumer brands will better position Hertz to execute on its core priorities of electrification, shared mobility and the delivery of a digital-first customer experience.

Dave Galainena

‘I also want to congratulate Dave on his retirement and thank him for his many contributions to Hertz, which includes helping the company complete its successful restructuring last year and establishing a strong foundation for the future.’

Ben Maiden

Ben Maiden is the editor-at-large of Governance Intelligence, an IR Media publication, having joined the company in December 2016. He is based in New York. Ben was previously managing editor of Compliance Reporter, covering regulatory and compliance...