National CineMedia today announced that Maria Woods has rejoined the company as executive vice president and general counsel. Woods previously served in several key leadership roles on NCM’s legal team from 2010 through 2015. She reports to NCM CEO Tom Lesinski and will be based in Denver.
An attorney with more than 25 years of experience covering a wide range of business and legal matters, Woods returns to NCM from JumpCloud, where she was general counsel and secretary providing strategic legal counsel for all legal aspects of the company’s software as a service identity management business, including, corporate governance, merger and acquisition activity, financing and stock repurchases and commercial contracting.
Prior to JumpCloud, Woods was vice president, general counsel & secretary at One Group Hospitality, where she was a member of the company’s executive leadership team and legal counsel for One restaurant brands, STK Steakhouse and Kona Grill. Woods managed SEC public company compliance and governance, development agreements, restaurant licensing, compliance, and real estate activities.
She began her career at Holme Roberts & Owen (now Bryan Cave) in Denver as an associate working on public and private equity offerings, among other financial transactions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from the University of Iowa and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Lesinski said, “Maria’s experience negotiating and managing complex financial transactions includes completing several important securities offerings during her previous tenure at NCM, as well as the 2013 sale of the Fathom business division to our founding exhibition partners. Her talent for quickly identifying the best course of action when it comes to legal affairs of all types and her institutional knowledge of NCM’s history makes her the ideal person to add to our executive leadership team.”
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