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  Name:   Mr. Hoyt Webb
Month: June 2006
Schools: Univ. of Pennsylvania BA 1988, Columbia JD/MBA 1993
Organization: IBM
Title: Staff Counsel

Hoyt Webb is a Staff Counsel with the IBM Corporation. He is currently assigned to the office of the Northeast Regional Counsel in Manhattan, where he provides legal support to IBM sales teams in the Financial Markets Sector. In 2005, Hoyt participated in the transition of IBM's PC business to Lenovo and remains in 2006 the lead attorney for the IBM-Lenovo Global Alliance team, coordinating worldwide legal support for the relationship.

Upon arrival at IBM, Hoyt was originally assigned to provide counsel to IBM's General Manager of Global Small and Medium Business and also to IBM's Vice President of Marketing. He was later asked to provide HQ legal support to the Vice Presidents of Integrated Marketing Communication Servers, World Wide Sales and Operations and the General Manager of IBM's Communications Sector business. Also during his first two years at IBM, he served as Sales and Distribution Division legal representative to the Global Data Privacy Team, and Americas Legal Representative to the Promotions and Price Action Board. In addition, Hoyt was counsel to IBM's International Sales Support Office on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues, and contributed to a HQ legal team providing legal support for general Procurement and HR matters, as well as certain important corporate alliances.

Prior to joining IBM, Hoyt served as Director of Strategic Planning for, Inc. a company dedicated to designing and building quality affinity ISPs - including, CTW (Children's Television Workshop) Kids Club Online, and, the only US authorized Internet access service for Catholics licensed and endorsed by the Vatican. Hoyt worked with the founding team to create and manage iConnect, originally serving as General Counsel and, later, also as Chief Financial Officer.

Hoyt spent several years at Brown & Wood LLP (now Sidley Austin LLP) as a Senior Associate in the Corporate Securities Practice Group. There, he provided legal counsel on public and private offerings of debt, equity and structured products to top investment banks, retail and commercial banks, other financial institutions, and corporations.

In addition to US securities markets expertise, Hoyt worked in Paris for the French government in the International Relations Service of the French Securities and Exchange Commission. While working for the Director of International Relations, he covered a variety of projects relating to French securities market regulation reform and the harmonization of European securities market regulations.

Hoyt is a well-rounded international jurist and entrepreneur, with broad experience and expertise. In 1995, he accepted the unique opportunity to serve as Clerk to Arthur Chaskalson, President of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, during that Court's inaugural year. Hoyt also lived in Japan for more than a year in the late 1980s, working for Time, T.I. and, independently, as a marketing consultant. He has returned to Japan on several occasions since then, including for an internship at a Japanese law firm.

Hoyt has addressed academic and professional audiences on a variety of topics, and his writings, including those on securities laws and comparative constitutional law, have been published in the US and abroad in English and French.

Hoyt holds JD from Columbia Law School, with honors in Foreign Comparative Law from the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law, and an MBA with concentrations in both Finance and International Business from Columbia Business School. He received BA in from the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in International Relations, and minored in Perspectives on the Law. Hoyt also completed dual minors in Multinational Management and Marketing at the Wharton School of Business. Hoyt is a member of the New York Bar and of the Council on Foreign Relations.



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