Lauren Aste was appointed Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Carlson Wagonlit Travel in September 2014. Ms. Aste has overall responsibility for all CWT legal functions on a global basis. Based in London, she reports to Douglas Anderson, President and Chief Executive Officer, and is a member of the global executive team.
Ms. Aste joined CWT in 2007 as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of CWT and was the primary legal liaison with CWT Finance overseeing compliance with our global finance arrangements and reporting to our bank syndicate and high yield noteholders. She also provided support in connection with strategic matters, including acquisitions, joint ventures, international securities offerings and other transactions with an emphasis on financing. In 2009, Ms. Aste became Deputy General Counsel responsible for CWT’s EMEA and APAC based legal teams.
Prior to joining CWT, Ms. Aste had a successful career in private practice with Dechert LLP in London and, prior to that, with Chadbourne & Parke LLP in New York.
Ms. Aste received her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law and also holds a Master of Arts in French Studies from New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French from Wellesley College. She is admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of England & Wales and is a member of the New York and Connecticut State Bars.