Profile Magazine recently featured Becca Polak, EVP, general counsel and secretary of KAR Auction Services, and outlined many of her accomplishments since joining KAR’s legal team. Her leadership and hard work have been an integral part of our success and growth.
Here’s a glimpse of the article and Becca’s role as general counsel for KAR:
“Alongside a team of more than 30 lawyers, paralegals, and assistants spread across the business units, Polak has made quite an impact, having been recognized in the Indianapolis Business Journal as a Who’s Who in the financial industry and named a “rising star” in Indiana Super Lawyers magazine.
One of the first things Polak began to notice was that the legal teams of the business units operated completely independently. This siloed stance, she felt, was preventing the company from maximizing opportunities that come from sharing ideas and best practices. Polak wanted to find a way for everyone on all of the various legal teams to come together and make the whole greater than the sum of its parts.
In June 2010, to encourage unity, the executive and legal teams, including paralegals and assistants, went to Chicago for the first KAR legal retreat. The heads of the lines of business were brought in, and each described their business unit and provided trends, challenges, and statistics. Then each of the lawyers around the table had an opportunity to talk about their work and current projects. ‘They were uncomfortable opening up at first, and were concerned about what was privileged information and what wasn’t,’ Polak explains. ‘Eventually, everyone got more comfortable and came to trust each other, as they realized the benefits that could be had from sharing information.’”
To read the full article, visit Profile Magazine’s website here.
We’re proud of the positive changes Becca has created within KAR and its business units.
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