NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GfK has appointed Anna Maria Vitek as SVP and General Counsel for the Americas. Vitek is an experienced corporate attorney who also has deep expertise in compliance and corporate governance. She has already assumed her new role and is based in the company’s New York City office.
Vitek’s responsibilities at GfK include supervising and managing the company’s Legal Department in the Americas and supporting its Chief Legal and Compliance Officer. She will also help to structure, negotiate, and document mergers and acquisitions on a global basis while managing external counsel in North America and Latin America.
Vitek joins GfK from Avon Products, where she was VP, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Latin America. During her tenure at Avon, Vitek served as lead counsel for mergers and acquisitions, negotiated joint venture and global license agreements with major corporate partners, and established the company’s International Practice Group. She was responsible for all legal and compliance matters for Avons's largest and most profitable region – Latin America.
Prior to joining Avon, Vitek was an Associate in the Corporate and Litigation departments at the international law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton. She began her legal career as a Law Clerk in the US District Court in the Southern District of New York.
Vitek holds a BA in Political Science from Columbia College, Columbia University, and a JD from the Columbia University School of Law. She is fully tri-lingual, speaking English, Spanish and Portuguese.
GfK is one of the world’s leading research companies, with around 13,000 experts working to discover new insights into the way people live, think and shop, in over 100 markets, every day. GfK is constantly innovating and using the latest technologies and the smartest methodologies to give its clients the clearest understanding of the most important people in the world: their customers. In 2012, GfK’s sales amounted to €1.51 billion.