Sybase Euro counsel quits to join Reckitt Benckiser

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser has appointed its second vice-president and general counsel in just over 18 months.

As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (15 September), the company has appointed the European general counsel of IT group Sybase as senior vice-president and general counsel.

Chris Roberts is leaving the Silicon Valley-based software giant after five years to take over from John Guidry.

Guidry left Reckitt Benckiser last February to return to the US for personal reasons after just a year in the post. He was promoted to senior vice-president and general counsel in January 2003.

Slough-based Reckitt Benckiser uses Slaugther and May for legal advice.

Both Reckitt Benckiser and Roberts declined to comment.