Handal named acting counsel, ethics officer at NYRA

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has hired Kenneth V

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has hired Kenneth V. Handal as acting general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer.

Handal is an expert in corporate ethics and compliance, governance, and risk management, with almost 40 years of experience as an attorney. He most recently served as President -- Governance, Risk and Compliance for Guidepost Solutions LLC, a global leader in investigations, compliance, monitoring and risk management solutions. Previously, Handal was the executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of CA Technologies Inc. (formerly Computer Associates), which he joined in 2004. He later headed up the company's global risk and compliance group.

"This is a critical period for New York racing," NYRA Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer Ellen McClain said. "NYRA is a $2 billion racing and wagering company, and we must operate with the highest standards and practices in the areas of corporate compliance, governance, risk management and internal controls. Ken is a crucial addition to the NYRA senior management team and has the expertise to help guide our company through the current crisis and beyond."

At CA, Handal oversaw the company's compliance with its deferred prosecution agreement concerning conduct prior to 2004. Prior to joining CA, Handal was associate general counsel and compliance counsel for Altria, then the parent company of Philip Morris, Kraft Foods, and Miller Beer, where he also oversaw critical areas of the company's litigation.

Before joining Altria, Handal was a partner with the law firm of Arnold & Porter, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Criminal Division, and also served as a law clerk to Judge Robert A. Ainsworth Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Handal currently serves on the Board of Advisors and audit and compliance committee of the Hospital for Special Surgery. He has served on the boards of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, The Legal Aid Society, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund Inc., New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, the International League for Human Rights, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Convent of the Sacred Heart, and Corporate Counsel magazine. He established the in-house pro bono programs at CA and Altria.

Handal earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was managing editor of the Law Review, and his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.

Late Monday, C. Steven Duncker, chairman of the NYRA Board of Directors, announced McClain had been named President while Handal had been named Secretary. The elections were made pursuant to Article VII of the Bylaws of The New York Racing Association, Inc.