The American Kennel Club has appointed Jay W. Waks its senior executive vice president and general counsel.
Waks will serve as the chief legal officer of the AKC and its entities. He will report to Dennis Sprung, president and CEO of the AKC.
“I am pleased to welcome an attorney of Jay’s caliber to the AKC,” said Ron Menaker, the chairman of the AKC board. “His legal acumen and leadership skills will enhance an already talented legal department.”
In his new role, Waks will oversee key legal decisions, advise on laws affecting AKC, oversee the compliance program, consult on all disciplinary matters and select and manage lawyers and the organization’s liability, property and commercial insurance programs. He also will be responsible for implementing and administering AKC’s arbitration program.
Waks has over 43 years of experience as a lawyer, all at Kaye Scholer LLP, prior to joining AKC.