Virgin Media cites ‘personal reasons’ for GC Dresser’s exit

Virgin Media general counsel Scott Dresser has resigned “for personal reasons” a little more than 18 months after taking on the role.

Scott Dresser
Scott Dresser

The company announced yesterday (1 August) that Dresser will return to the US and that his resignation is effective immediately.

The company said in a statement: “Virgin Media today announces that Scott Dresser, general counsel, has resigned to return to the US for personal reasons. His resignation is effective immediately; however, Mr Dresser will remain available until October 2012 to assist with transition. A search partner has been engaged to conduct a formal process to recruit a new general counsel and a succession announcement will be made in due course.”

A Virgin Media spokesperson said the company could consider an internal or external recruit for the vacant role, with Dresser moving up to the position at the start of 2011 from the deputy general counsel role (6 January 2011).

Dresser last year drew up the telecoms group’s first external legal panel, with Latham & Watkins, Linklaters and Sullivan & Cromwell joining existing advisers Ashurst and Fried Frank on the main corporate roster (7 November 2011).

In an interview with The Lawyer last year, Dresser said he would re-consider the panel at the end of 2012. “We may very well end up continuing to give the bulk of our work to our legacy firms or we may shift – it all depends on how 2012 plays out,” he said at the time (21 November 2011).