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John M. Coleman, JD

Chief Operating Officer, NCI Consulting

John brings deep experience in corporate governance, regulatory and public affairs, and risk management to NCI, gained from a long and distinguished career in industry, the federal courts and academia. In addition to his work for NCI clients, he serves on the boards of directors of leading public and private companies and teaches and writes on governance.

John began his career in the prominent international law firm of Dechert LLP, where he was a partner and department chair and led the trials of major business cases for Fortune 500 companies. He next became Senior Vice President — Law and Public Affairs of Campbell Soup Company. In that position, he led development of corporate strategy, government, public and community relations, regulatory affairs, had oversight of all legal issues, and ran their global crisis teams. John also oversaw development of Campbell's functional food initiatives, building a broad framework of clinical support for breakthrough efficacy claims.

John's publications and innovative work at Campbell in the area of corporate governance, including establishing good corporate governance and plain language corporate proxy statements, were cited in congressional debate and incorporated into law as part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. From Campbell, he was recruited to assume similar responsibilities as the Senior Vice President — Law and Government Affairs of the considerably larger and more global Gillette Company.

John has served as an adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is currently a member of the faculty at Rutgers-Camden School of Law.

Early in his career, John held two prestigious judicial clerkships: for the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, the Honorable Warren E. Burger, and, before that, for the Honorable John D. Butzner on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

John obtained his JD from the University of Chicago, where he was elected Editor of the Law Review and graduated with highest honors. His BA is from Haverford College, magna cum laude.