As Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Chris Spears is responsible for leading IGT’s global legal strategy and function. In this role he is responsible for managing IGT’s internal legal team and outside legal advisors, providing counsel to IGT’s board of directors and executive leadership team and managing IGT’s legal issues across a wide range of global subject matter areas including corporate governance, compliance, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, licensing and commercial and operational issues.
Mr. Spears has over 25 years of legal experience with a focus on supporting the broad legal needs of global businesses, including corporate governance, securities, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, compliance, intellectual property and litigation. Prior to joining IGT in 2017, Mr. Spears served in a series of roles of increasing responsibility at Caterpillar Inc., including as Deputy General Counsel with responsibility for global commercial law matters, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer with responsibility for global compliance and General Counsel – Asia-Pacific based in Singapore. Before joining Caterpillar Inc., Mr. Spears was in private practice with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate law.
Mr. Spears holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Berea College and MBA and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Kentucky.