Claudia Vaz De Lestapis brings expertise in international law to the Management Board of Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), which she joined in November 2021. Vaz De Lestapis currently serves as Vice President & Assistant General Counsel for J.M. Huber Corporation. Her responsibilities include legal support for Corporate functions, such as Corporate Development, Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability (EHS&S), Finance, IT and Treasury. In this capacity, Vaz De Lestapis provides legal support for Corporate financings, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) activities and acts as Secretary for the EHS&S Committee of the Huber Board.
With more than 22 years of experience at law firms and multinational corporations spanning the specialty chemicals, automotive and real estate services industries, she has a deep knowledge of the principles used to handle complex legal matters in an international setting.
Vaz De Lestapis joined Huber in 2013 as Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Legal Director. She became General Counsel for CP Kelco in 2016, overseeing the legal support for the portfolio business at a global level, before assuming her current role in November 2021.
Prior to joining Huber, Vaz De Lestapis worked for over nine years as an in-house lawyer for multinational companies including Regus Plc (now IWG plc) and Delphi Corporation (now Aptiv) within the EMEA region. She began her career as a French business lawyer in banking and M&A with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she practiced for five years.
Educated in France, the UK and the US, Vaz De Lestapis holds a Master’s degree in Business Law from the University of Paris XI and a Master of Laws from the Emory University School of Law. She is a licensed attorney of the Paris Bar, a Solicitor of England and Wales and is in the process of enrolling as a lawyer in the State Bar of Georgia. Vaz De Lestapis is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, French and English.