PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 11, 2013) – Maria Chiclana, senior vice president and general counsel of American Standard Brands, has been named the 2013 NJBIZ General Counsel of the Year in the “Private Company with Revenues up to $1 Billion” category.
Chiclana is the chief legal counsel for American Standard Brands, as well as serving as business leader of environment, health and safety and risk management for the building products manufacturer. Bringing 25 years of global legal experience, she joined the company in 2008 and oversaw the successful merger of Crane Plumbing, Eljer, Safety Tubs and Decorative Panels International into the American Standard portfolio.
“I’m thrilled that Maria has been recognized with this distinctive award. Literally, she raises the standards for how a general counsel creates value in an organization,” said Jay Gould, president and CEO of American Standard Brands.
"I greatly appreciate Maria's passionate commitment to American Standard winning in the marketplace and in the workplace. Naturally, she has a world class legal acumen, but perhaps more importantly, she models the way in living our core values every day. We are a better organization because of Maria’s leadership," Gould said.
The General Counsel of the Year Awards program honors New Jersey’s standout General Counsels, Chief Legal Officers and corporate compliance professionals for the critical role they play in making their companies successful. Chiclana was independently nominated by American Standard business partner Marsh USA of Marsh & McLennan for this award.
Chiclana earned her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Barnard College, Columbia University, and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. Prior to American Standard Brands, she worked in both corporate and private law, most notably for Unilever in various senior executive roles and as general counsel. Before officially joining American Standard Brands, Chiclana also maintained a private law practice counseling a number of corporate clients including Vera Wang, Unilever, Frette, Fred Leighton, 3LAB, Englewood Lab and American Standard.
The General Counsel of the Year Award winners were announced during a breakfast awards ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the Palace in Somerset Park in Somerset, N.J.
American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other wellness products for the bath and kitchen as well as decorative panels. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under well known and respected brands, such as American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane Plumbing®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners. The company is online at www.americanstandard.com, on Twitter at twitter.com/AmStandard and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanStandardPlumbing.