Cleary Hosts Women Mean Business Series With Diane Brayton

November 16, 2021

Cleary Gottlieb hosted a conversation in its ongoing series of events, “Women Mean Business,” featuring a fireside chat with Diane Brayton, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of The New York Times Company and Cleary alumna.

Partner Kimberly Brown Blacklow delivered welcome remarks, and partner Ari MacKinnon moderated the discussion.

Diane discussed her life and career as an executive at one of the most influential media companies in the world. She started her career at Cleary, working in the firm’s New York, Moscow, and London offices. Before making her transition to The New York Times Company, Diane was vice president and counsel in the legal department of Credit Suisse First Boston.

In her current role, Diane provides legal counsel to the company’s board of directors and senior management and leads a legal team that advises on, among other areas, media and intellectual property law, corporate governance and securities matters, commercial transactions, employment and labor relations, and litigation management. She has served as The New York Times Company’s corporate secretary since 2011. She also serves on the board of the directors for the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The Women Mean Business series invites women business leaders to discuss their professional journeys and to share the lessons they’ve learned navigating challenges and opportunities along the way. Guest speakers also discuss how they are driving change within their organizations for both gender equity and the bottom line, and how they are leading their businesses through innovation and disruption.

Cleary is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. The firm regularly hosts important cultural events and guest speakers whose presentations afford opportunities to broaden awareness, heighten the level of discussion, and establish a culture of inclusion at the firm. To learn more about Cleary’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, click here.