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CPR Institute Welcomes Four Prestigious New Board Members


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Dana Massarsky
CPR Institute

New York, NY, March 12, 2012 – The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute), a nonprofit think-tank and alliance of global corporations, law firms, scholars, and public institutions dedicated to the principles of conflict prevention and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), announces four new additions to its elite Board of Directors.
The CPR Institute’s newest Board members are:

Carlos M. Hernandez – Chief Legal Officer at Fluor Corporation
Carlos Hernandez is chief legal officer for Fluor Corporation and serves as the company’s corporate secretary, based in Irving, Texas. He joined Fluor in 2007 after having served as general counsel for Fleming Companies, Inc., International Steel Group (ISG), Inc., and ArcelorMittal Americas.

Peter Rees- Legal Director at Shell
Based in the Netherlands, Peter Rees has ultimate responsibility for the Shell global legal function and advises the Shell group management on all legal matters of group-wide importance, including ethics and compliance. He is also a member of Shell’s Executive Committee.

Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr.- Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Walgreen Company
Thomas Sabatino, Jr. is executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Walgreen Company. He joined Walgreens in September 2011 after having served general counsel roles with United Airlines, Inc., Schering-Plough Corporation, Baxter International Inc., and American Medical International, Inc.

Maura Abeln Smith- General Counsel at PepsiCo, Inc.
Maura Abeln Smith is responsible for PepsiCo’s worldwide legal affairs and compliance, as well as for providing counsel to the chairman and chief executive officer and its Board of Directors. As head of Government Affairs, she ensures that the company’s interests are advanced and protected in legislative, regulatory, and political arenas around the world.

“We are pleased to welcome these new additions to our Board of Directors,” said Kathleen A. Bryan, President and CEO of the CPR Institute. “They are staunch supporters of the CPR Institute, its programs, and its activities and will bring exciting new ideas and enthusiasm to our Board”.

The CPR Institute provides an independent platform for corporate counsel, lawyers and global ADR practitioners to share best practices advance their skills and expend the field of commercial dispute resolution. These highly-successful and notable members of the corporate and legal communities will play an integral role in guiding the CPR Institute in its mission to spearhead innovation and promote excellence as the primary multinational resource for avoidance, management and resolution of commercial disputes.

The Chairman of CPR Institute’s Board of Directors is the Honorable William H. Webster, former Director of the CIA and FBI, U.S. Court of Appeals and District Court Judge and partner with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. The Vice Chairman is John S. Kiernan of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. For a full Board of Directors list, biographies and additional information about the CPR Institute, visit You may download a copy of the organization’s annual report here.

About the CPR Institute
The CPR Institute provides thought leadership and innovation as the global resource for conflict management and resolution of complex business-related disputes. Its wealth of intellectual property and published material has educated and motivated General Counsel and their law firms around the world toward an increased reliance on alternative forms of dispute resolution rather than litigation. CPR Institute’s membership is comprised of general counsel and senior lawyers of Fortune 1,000 organizations, partners in the top law firms around the world, as well as leading judges, government officials, neutrals, and academics. Its proprietary panel of esteemed arbitrators and mediators has provided resolutions in thousands of cases, with billions of dollars at issue, worldwide.

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