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2017 Women of Influence: Linda Erkkila

General Counsel and EVP of Human Resources at Safeguard Properties Management

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Over the past 12 months, Linda Erkkila was named executive vice president and added the human resources and training departments to her oversight responsibilities at Safeguard Properties Management. 

This transition was a natural fit as she had directed her legal staff to train and coach operations and customer service staff, coordinate with vendor management to assist with vendor conduct oversight, actively participate in current and new client business initiatives and provide critical counsel to Safeguard’s HR team. 

In this new role, Erkkila works closely with senior management to assist with implementing important communications and other key human capital and training initiatives to enable Safeguard’s most important assets — its employees — to be at their best. Through this new alignment, Erkkila has enabled Safeguard to create creative and effective ways to continue to make the company a destination workplace. 

In addition to her new role, Erkkila retained her position as general counsel for Safeguard. Over the past several years, she has successfully expanded her knowledge of Safeguard’s operations into a more effective and efficient legal department.

Erkkila is on Safeguard’s compliance committee and has met with regulators to educate them about the industry and Safeguard’s focus on improving quality controls. She shares her expertise as a moderator or panelist at industry conferences.

Erkkila’s practice spans more than 15 years and covers a range of corporate matters, including regulatory mandated public disclosure, corporate governance compliance, risk assessment, executive compensation, and merger and acquisition activity. 

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