Robert Townsend to Join SoftBank Group as
Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President
August 14, 2018
SoftBank Group Corp.
SoftBank Group Corp. (“SoftBank”) today announced that Robert Townsend, current co-chair of Morrison & Foerster's Global M&A Practice Group, will join SoftBank as Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President of SoftBank, and Chief Legal Officer of SoftBank Group International, effective September 17, 2018.
Mr. Townsend will be based in SoftBank's Silicon Valley office, and report to Masayoshi Son, Chairman & CEO of SoftBank, and Marcelo Claure, Director, Executive Vice President COO of SoftBank and Chief Executive Officer of SoftBank Group International. In this newly created role, Mr. Townsend will be responsible for leading SoftBank's legal, compliance operations and corporate governance program on a global basis.
“Rob has been a trusted partner and valued advisor for many years,” said Mr. Son. “We are very pleased he has agreed to join SoftBank as we transition the company into a leading global investment firm focused on the technologies that will drive the next phase of the information revolution.”
Mr. Claure added, “Rob's extensive experience and proven track record of advising global companies, as well as his deep involvement in the SoftBank Group's largest and most complex transactions over many years, make him the perfect choice to serve SoftBank and its global portfolio of companies.”
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