A Perfect Storm: Lessons Learned at the Crossroad of Business and Ethics - An International General Counsel Faces Career Challenges and
Maritza I. Munich
Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel, Medical Card System, Inc., former General Counsel, Wal-Mart International, and former General Counsel, Latin America, The Procter & Gamble Company
A harsh light was focused on Wal-Mart in 2012, when a front-page story by The New York Times broke a comprehensive investigation reportedly revealing that officers at Wal-Mart’s subsidiary in Mexico had, for years, engaged in the bribery of Mexican government officials. Among the many alleged improprieties detailed in The Times’ articles, which garnered the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism, one employee, a company attorney, remained unscathed. This attorney, then the general counsel of Wal-Mart International, realized the seriousness of the conduct involved, raised concerns, argued for a more thorough and independent investigation of the allegations and eventually resigned, her position clearly at odds with that of the company’s management. That person was Maritza I. Munich, a 1981 graduate of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Munich, now the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for Medical Card System, Inc., in Puerto Rico, will discuss the challenges involved in maintaining an ethical core during an international career spanning several continents and managing the legal issues of leading Fortune 100 companies such as Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart.
Professor Myles Lynk will introduce Munich and moderate a question-and-answer session following her talk.