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New York, NY – December 18, 2105: The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), the leading independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to help global businesses and their lawyers prevent and resolve disputes effectively and efficiently, announces four new additions to its elite Board of Directors:

•    John Blood, General Counsel & Vice President, Legal, Anheuser-Busch InBev
John Blood is General Counsel &Vice President, Legal for the Anheuser-Busch InBev global team. John joined the company in May, 2009. His primary responsibilities are Mergers & Acquisitions, Compliance and Intellectual Property. He also advises on the social responsibility, environment and community pillars of the company’s global better world agenda. John is primary counsel to the company’s treasury team and the Anheuser-Busch InBev functional management office in New York, where he is based.

•    Prof. Eric D. Green, Founder, Resolutions, LLC
ne of the pioneers of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the United States and around the world, Prof. Green specializes in mediating and arbitrating complex legally-intensive multi-party cases. He is co-founder of two prominent ADR/Mediation firms, Endispute (now part of JAMS) and Resolutions, LLC. He was formerly a partner with Munger, Tolles & Olson and an Attorney Advisor to the Regional Director of the Federal Trade Commission.

•    Scott Partridge, Vice-President, Global Strategy, Monsanto Company
Scott Partridge is Vice President of Global Strategy for Monsanto. Scott is a member of Monsanto’s leadership team, oversees global competition policy, and leads the company’s dispute resolution activities. After 27 years in the private practice of law with concentrations in strategic litigation, crisis management and dispute resolution, he joined Monsanto as Chief Deputy General Counsel, led the international law, litigation and strategy functions, and coordinated the resolution of external conflicts.

•    Kenneth S. Siegel,  Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Mr. Siegel is responsible for overseeing all of Starwood’s legal and governmental affairs globally as well as labor relations, compliance, global citizenship, safety & security, risk management and facilities. He advises the Board of Directors, the Chairman, CEO and other management as well as leads his own programs and initiatives across the company. Mr. Siegel was previously Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Cognizant Corporation and its successor companies and General Counsel of IMS Health where he led the spin-off of Gartner and served as Gartner’s General Counsel.

Earlier this year, CPR had named two additional members to the Board:

•    Gilberto Giusti, Partner, Pinheiro Neto Advogados
CPR’s first Brazilian Director, Mr. Giusti has been a partner with Pinheiro Neto Advogados in São Paulo since 1993, and is co-head of the dispute resolution practice specializing in domestic and international commercial arbitration. His professional memberships include CPR Advisory Council, American Arbitration Association; Court Member, London Court of International Arbitration (2007-2012); Vice-Chairman, Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Center; President, British Chamber of Commerce and Industry in São Paulo; President, Brazil Chapter of Club Español del Arbitraje.

•    Jean Claude Najar, International Counsel, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP 
Mr. Najar, based in Paris, is International Counsel for Curtis in Paris and Istanbul. His practice is focuses on International Arbitration, Compliance, and International Contracts, and his advocacy on behalf of in-house counsel in arbitration earned him the Kluwer Law International and Iberian Lawyer lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award. Mr. Najar also teaches Compliance at the Law School of Sciences Po in Paris, and in the healthcare compliance programs of INSEAD, and of Sciences Po/Seton Hall Law School.

 “With their remarkable breadth of experience and knowledge, across numerous industries, these six professionals perfectly complement the CPR’s Board of Directors’ already deep bench,” said Noah J. Hanft, President and CEO of CPR. “It is with the commitment and dedicated efforts of individuals such as John, Eric, Scott, Ken, Jean Claude and Gilberto that our organization continues to grow in terms of membership, thought leadership and the breadth and quality of its dispute resolution offerings.”

The Chairman of CPR’s Board of Directors is John S. Kiernan, Partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. The Vice Chairman is Barbara Daniele, former Senior Executive Counsel, Strategic Initiatives of GE Capital, Americas. For a full list of CPR’s Board of Directors, biographies and additional information about CPR, visit

About CPR:
CPR is an independent nonprofit organization that, for more than 35 years, has helped global businesses prevent and resolve commercial disputes effectively and efficiently. Our membership consists of top corporations and law firms, academic and government institutions, and leading mediators and arbitrators around the world. CPR is unique as: (1) a thought leader, driving a global dispute resolution culture; (2) a developer of cutting-edge tools and resources, powered by the collective innovation of its membership; and (3) an ADR provider offering innovative, practical arbitration rules, mediation and other dispute resolution procedures, and neutrals worldwide. For more information, please visit

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