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General Counsel and Secretary
David B. Stafford was appointed general counsel of McGraw Hill in May 2012. As general counsel, he is responsible for all legal matters affecting McGraw Hill and manages McGraw Hill's legal and government affairs departments, as well as risk & compliance and IP procurement. Prior to May 2012, David was vice president and associate general counsel at The McGraw Hill Companies. As a senior member of the company’s legal department, he practiced in a wide variety of legal areas, with a focus on the company’s financial information businesses.
From 2006 to 2009, David served as senior vice president, Corporate Affairs, and assistant to the chairman and chief executive officer, where he was responsible for the marketing, communications, government affairs, and community relations activities of the company and advising the chairman and chief executive officer on matters involving the Board of Directors and the management and operation of the company generally. Prior to 2006 he was associate general counsel at The McGraw Hill Companies. Before joining The McGraw Hill Companies in 1992, he was an associate at the New York City law firms of Battle Fowler and Rosenman & Colin, where he specialized in corporate law. David is a graduate of Columbia University, where he received his bachelor’s degree, and a graduate of Cornell Law School, where he received his J.D. degree. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of American Publishers and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of YAI Network, a not-for-profit that provides a variety of services to people in the New York City metropolitan area who have developmental disabilities.