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Thursday, March 23, 2023

What the Sanctions on Russia Mean for U.S. Companies

Start Date: 3/23/2023 4:30 PM EDT
End Date: 3/23/2023 5:30 PM EDT

Venue Name: In Person and Virtual

Organization Name: WIIT

Email: info@wiit.org
Phone: (202) 869-3775

Please join us for an in-person panel discussion on Russia sanctions and export controls, sponsored by Wiggin & Dana’s women’s initiative – DRIVE Women in collaboration the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT).  The event will feature insights and perspectives from leading industry practitioners Orisia Gammell, Chief Legal Counsel & Head of Export Controls Innovation Team at SAP, Karen Bruntrager, Lead Counsel – Regulatory Affairs at FedEx Corporation, and Kirsten Keefe, Assistant General Counsel – Regulatory Affairs at Cummins Inc.  The panel discussion will be moderated by Tahlia Townsend, co-chair of the International Trade Compliance practice at Wiggin & Dana LLP.   A short Q&A session will follow the moderated discussion.  Topics to be covered include: 

  • Overview of the current Russia sanctions and export control landscape
  • Effects the new sanctions and export controls have had on U.S. companies’ business in the Russian market
  • Challenges U.S. industry has faced adapting internal compliance programs to comply with the new restrictions
  • Orisia Gammell, Chief Legal Counsel, Export Control, SAP 
  • Karen Bruntrager, Lead Counsel - Regulatory Affairs, FedEx Corporation
  • Kirsten Keefe, Assistant General Counsel – Regulatory & Compliance, Cummins Inc. 
Moderated by Tahlia Townsend, Partner, Wiggin & Dana LLP 

A rooftop networking reception will begin at 5:30pm, following the panel discussion. 

In-Person Location:
Wiggin & Dana LLP
600 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Orisia Gammell is chief legal counsel, U.S. export control and head of the export control innovation team at SAP. As the head of the export control innovation team, Ms. Gammell manages a team of export compliance professionals tasked with developing and implementing solutions for managing SAP’s global export control and sanctions compliance program, including implementation of new legal requirements, enhancement of IT solutions and integration of new acquisitions. As chief legal counsel, Ms. Gammell also serves as a legal advisor and subject matter expert on U.S. export control and sanctions laws applicable to SAP activities worldwide. Prior to joining SAP, Ms. Gammell was in private practice, focusing on a wide array of international trade matters.

Karen C. Bruntrager is Lead Counsel in the Regulatory Affairs department at FedEx Corporation.  In this role she advises US and international management, sales and operations on compliance with US export controls and sanctions. She is currently leading a multi-year strategic plan for the FedEx Express export compliance program including enhancements to automated compliance tools, policies, procedures, training, audits and metrics. She also oversees in-house investigations related to export compliance and represents FedEx in government forums and trade associations. Prior to joining FedEx, Ms. Bruntrager developed and managed the corporate compliance programs for Verisign Inc. and the United States Pharmacopeia.  

Tahlia Townsend is the co-chair of the International Trade Compliance practice at Wiggin and Dana, LLP.  She is an experienced, Chambers-recognized financial sanctions, export controls (ITAR, EAR), and foreign investment (CFIUS) attorney known for providing insightful, practical and timely guidance. Trusted by U.S. and international clients from global aerospace companies and international financial institutions to top-tier universities and hi-tech start-ups, Tahlia assists with government-directed and internal investigations, M&A and investment due diligence, CFIUS assessments and approvals, commodity classification and export license applications, and building and auditing compliance programs. 


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Closed: 3/23/2023 11:00 AM

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