As the Group General Counsel, Paula Rietta is responsible for the overall provision of legal services to the company’s multiple business units, including commercial transactions, business operations, overall compliance and general business matters.
A professional leader with global automotive and financial industry experiences, Paula is committed to excellence and combines her analytical strengths with her robust business mindset to ensure company policies and risk tolerance are managed while delivering outstanding client service. She thrives in dynamic and challenging work environments that allow her to execute on strategic initiatives requiring enterprise-wide coordination across multiple jurisdictions and stakeholders, inclusive of internal governance procedures, dispute litigation, data, corporate/ commercial considerations, and privacy laws. As an authentic leader; Paula also believes that the success of an organization is a result of leveraging sound judgment and working collaboratively with internal and cross-functional stakeholders. Paula is also an advocate of workplace inclusion, diversity and equity and is passionate about creating innovative ways to strengthen IDE across the organizations she works for.
Paula most recently joins us from Ford Credit Canada Company, where she held the position of Vice President, Legal and previously Corporate Counsel with various companies in the financial services industry. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Windsor) and a Master of Arts (University of Toronto), and also sits on the Board of Directors for Heart & Stroke Foundation Canada and Osteoporosis Canada. Within Cox Automotive Canada, Paula is Executive Chair of Women With Drive, celebrating the work of women in the automotive industry and supporting female achievements, aspirations and successes.