J. Brandon Neal – Senior Vice President & Deputy Chief Legal Officer, Novant Health
Brandon Neal currently serves as Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Legal Officer for Novant Health. In this role, Neal manages the Legal Department and supports the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer in all legal functions of the organization, including providing support and partnership for compliance and risk mitigation, as well as internal audit strategies and alignment throughout the organization.
Neal previously served as Managing Counsel in the Legal Department of Wells Fargo & Company in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this capacity, he led a team responsible for providing counsel to the company’s frontline businesses, enterprise risk, audit, members of senior management and the board of directors on all legal aspects of the company’s recovery and resolution planning efforts and related regulatory requirements. He also has experience at Wells Fargo providing legal support for capital markets, corporate banking (healthcare), government and institutional banking, and other lines of business.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Neal practiced as a corporate associate for the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler Business School) and his Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law.
Neal is very active in community and with philanthropic endeavors, both nationally and locally. Nationally, he serves on the national Board of Trustees of the National Urban League and the board of directors for the Urban Libraries Council. In Charlotte, he currently serves on the board of trustees of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, the board of directors of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Foundation and the board of directors of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Neal also serves on the Duke Law Alumni Board (Durham, N.C.). In addition to his board service, he served as a co-chair of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s School Bonds Support Campaign, serves as chair of the Unite Charlotte Advisory Council (United Way), serves as a co-chair of Duke Alumni Association (Charlotte), served on the Men’s Shelter Charlotte’s Capital Campaign Cabinet and is involved in numerous other community endeavors and fundraising activities.
He and his wife, Kerbie, have a daughter and a son.