Churchill Downs Inc. March 10 named Alan Tse executive vice president and general counsel for the Company. Tse will oversee all legal, corporate governance, and compliance matters for CDI, reporting directly to president and chief executive officer Robert Evans. Tse assumes his new duties March 22.
Tse joins North America’s premier racing, gaming, and entertainment company after previously serving as vice president and general counsel for LG Electronics Mobilecomm U.S.A. in San Diego, Calif., where he managed all legal affairs for the phone manufacturer with annual sales of more than $6 billion.
During his tenure at LG, Tse directed the company’s intellectual property strategy; managed relationships with government regulators, industry groups and alliances; and negotiated and managed all major sales and commercial contracts, including master purchase agreements with large telecommunications carriers such as Verizon Wireless, AT&, and Sprint Wireless. Tse also served as a member of LG’s executive management committee.
His professional history includes roles as vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Ligos Corporation, a worldwide leader in video compression software technology, and as general counsel and vice president of strategic development and corporate secretary for Centerpoint Broadband Technologies, an optical telecommunications networking systems provider. Through these assignments, Tse gained significant entrepreneurial experience by overseeing corporate development activities, including mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, while also arranging joint venture and partnership agreements, preparing for initial public stock offerings, and securing private-equity financing.
“Alan’s impressive background in business development and corporate law and governance make him an ideal fit for our executive team at a time when we are actively pursuing a number of growth opportunities,” said Evans in a release. “His unique combination of professional experiences and his remarkable work ethic will be invaluable to us as we move forward with CDI’s strategic plan.”
“Churchill Downs Incorporated has distinguished itself as a dynamic, growth-oriented company, and it’s an honor to join the company’s executive leadership at such an exciting time in CDI’s history,” Tse said in a statement. “I look forward to applying my diverse experience to the many new challenges that lie ahead and to leading CDI’s accomplished internal legal team.”
Tse graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School after receiving his bachelor of arts in economics and political science from the University of California at Berkley. He is a co-founder and board member of the Asian American Legal Foundation and in 2005 was named one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
The 39-year-old native of Hong Kong, China, who moved to the U.S. at the age of seven with his family, was a nationally ranked chess master and has coached nationally ranked youth chess players.