For over a decade, Kenneth Hittel led the Corporate Internet Department at the New York Life Insurance Company, where he was instrumental in shaping the company’s digital marketing and branding strategy across a variety of websites and other digital media.
Dr. Hittel has nearly 20 years of experience overseeing the planning, construction, promotion, and strategic use of websites, online customer portals, mobile, and social media. During his tenure at the New York Life Insurance Company, Dr. Hittel conceived and implemented the first Web-based customer service functionality provided by a life insurance company for its customers. He is an expert in digital marketing, and in driving customer engagement and sales through the strategic use of online properties.
Dr. Hittel received a B.A. from Notre Dame University in British Columbia, Canada, followed by participation in Johns Hopkins University’s M.L.A. Program. He went on to complete an M.A. in Philosophy and Economics and a Ph.D. at the New School for Social Research, where his thesis received The Kurt Reizler Memorial Award in the fields of Philosophy and Political Science.
Nils Victor Montan has over 30 years of experience as an intellectual property lawyer and consultant in various settings, including private practice with law firms, 14 years as Vice President and Senior Intellectual Property Counsel with Warner Bros., and 2 years as the President of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coaliton (the "IACC"). During the time he was at Warner Bros., Nils was also a Member of the Board of Directors, an Officer and a President of the International Trademark Association (the "INTA").
Mr. Montan is the author of the book "Trademark Counterfeiting In Asia And the Pacific Rim" (2000) and the chapter on AntiCounterfeiting in the book "Famous And Well-Known Trademarks." He also co-authored a chapter entitled "How To Build An Effective Anti-Counterfeiting Program," in the book "Trademark Counterfeiting," as well as many articles concerning intellectual property published in journals and magazines.
In recent years, Mr. Montan has devoted much of his attention to the intersection of law and Social Media. He is the owner of two well-known membership websites, IPAlly and Law & Social Media.
Caroline Pearlstein, an attorney with nearly 20 years of intellectual property experience, assists FairWinds as a Consultant and Advisory Board Member. In 2008, Ms. Pearlstein served as Marketing, Trademarks and Operations Counsel for the Glaceau International Business Unit of The Coca-Cola Company.
Prior to accepting the position with Glaceau International, Ms. Pearlstein worked for 12 years as Trademark Counsel for The Coca-Cola Company, where she handled all aspects of trademark law for North America and various foreign jurisdictions of Coke. Ms. Pearlstein’s duties as Trademark Counsel included the clearance and prosecution of trademarks, the prevention of and defense against third-party conflicts and the handling of multi-billion dollar acquisitions of intellectual property. In 1996, Ms. Pearlstein authored The Coca-Cola Company's first and subsequently long-standing Internet enforcement policy and implementation guidelines and procedures. Ms. Pearlstein has served as past President of the Corporate Counsel Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and as a Board Member and Vice President of Advocacy and Communications for the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Ms. Pearlstein received her JD from UCLA School of Law and is a member of the State Bars of California, Georgia, and Washington, DC.
Ms. Richards worked as the Director, Europe for FairWinds Partners and European Liaison for the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse from 2009 to 2010, and continues to serve on FairWinds’ Advisory board. Ms. Richards worked at Credit Suisse from 2000 to 2009, and served in a number of roles across bank divisions, most recently as Director responsible for Innovation and Implementation with in Global Research. Previous positions in the bank include Business Risk Manager for Marketing Corporate Center for CS Private and Retail Banking; Risk Manager, Controls and Compliance for on-line e-trading; Head of Web Identity and Usability at CS Group; and as a Senior Investment Manager for CS Private Banking.
In addition to her wealth of experience, Ms. Richards is a certified financial risk manager by the Global Association of Risk Practitioners (GARP) and a certified Lean Sigma Black Belt in Operational Excellence. Before Credit Suisse, Ms. Richards was a financial risk management consultant for IBM Switzerland and worked in derivatives sales for Salomon Brothers in New York, London and Zurich.
Ms. Richards has a Masters of Philosophy in International Relations from King’s College in Cambridge, United Kingdom and a Masters of Science in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School in London. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree at McGill University and her Diploma of Collegial Studies at John Abbott College, both in Montreal, Canada.
Arthur Silverstein has been a corporate trademark attorney throughout his career, working in the law departments of J. C. Penney Company and Nabisco Brands, Inc. before joining Pfizer Inc. in 1990. He became the head of Pfizer's Trademark Department in 1995 and retired from Pfizer as Assistant General Counsel in January 2008. Mr. Silverstein has been an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) for many years, having served on the Board of Directors, the Editorial Board of the Trademark Reporter and the U.S. Legislation Committee. He also represented Pfizer in the Pharmaceuticals Trade Marks Group (PTMG) and chaired the U.S. Trademark Law Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) from 2002-04.
Mr. Silverstein is currently Deputy Publisher of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, a monthly print and online publication serving the corporate legal community.
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