Network Rail general counsel to take up non-legal role at tobacco giant JTI


Network Rail group general counsel and company secretary Suzanne Wise has left to join Japan Tobacco International (JTI) as senior vice-president for corporate development.

Wise will start in her new role at JTI – which produces cigarette brands such as Winston, Camel, Mild Seven, Benson & Hedges and Silk Cut – this June. She will be based in the company’s headquarters in Geneva. Her successor at Network Rail has not yet been confirmed.

Wise joined Network Rail in January 2012 after a spell at Premier Foods, where she helped create the company’s in-house legal function.

While at Network Rail, she oversaw the legal function of more than 40 lawyers and staff, and also oversaw the transparency and business ethics function. She also was a member of Network Rail’s executive committee and chaired its risk review group.

While at Network Rail, Wise ran its last panel review, which saw the company cut its external panel from 12 to five firms. Dentons won a new appointment alongside legacy Bond Pearce, Eversheds and Addleshaw Goddard and Maclay Murray & Spens.

The four-year panel appointments included an option to extend by two years, and this was taken up last year, with all five firms reappointed until 2019.