Chicago-based Aon Corp. announced that D. Cameron Findlay, 43, currently the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor, will join the company as executive vice president and general counsel Aug. 1. Findlay will succeed Raymond I. Skilling, who earlier this year announced his intention to retire as chief counsel.
Findlay joined the Labor Department in June 2001, following his nomination by President George W. Bush and unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate. He is the No. 2 official and chief operating officer of the Labor Department, a Cabinet agency with 17,000 employees and an annual budget of $70 billion.
He represents the department before Congress and the public, playing a significant role in issues related to regulatory matters, international trade and labor, pension and retirement, disability, workers’ compensation, the unemployment insurance system, and corporate accountability.
Before joining the Labor Department, Findlay was a partner at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, one of the world’s largest law firms. His practice included complex litigation and counseling for firms in energy, telecommunications, financial and other regulated industries, with a focus on regulatory, antitrust and appellate matters.
From 1989 to 1992, Findlay served in the administration of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, both at the White House and in the Department of Transportation. At the White House, he was Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Chief of Staff. At the Department of Transportation, he served as Counselor to the Secretary of Transportation.
Findlay’s professional experience also includes serving as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
He is an honors graduate of Northwestern University (bachelor’s degree in political science), Oxford University (master’s in philosophy, politics and economics) and Harvard Law School (J.D.).