Mark TakenGeneral Counsel
Mark comes to Avanci with more than 25 years of experience leading legal and business functions within large international organizations, with a focus in the areas of high technology, mergers and acquisitions, telecommunications, and banking and financial transactions. As General Counsel at Avanci, Mark’s proven record of advancing the business and overcoming obstacles will play a key role in driving the company’s growth and success.
Mark joins Avanci from Hewlett-Packard where he was Vice President and Associate General Counsel. In this role as a member of the executive team, Mark determined the strategy and structure for strategic business transactions and new initiatives, oversaw legal and commercial activities for significant services transactions, and drove programs to improve the performance of some of HP’s largest services accounts.
Earlier in his career, Mark was Of Counsel in the Global Outsourcing and Technology practice group of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a large international law firm, where his practice focused on complex multinational information technology and business process outsourcing transactions.
Mark has also served as Director and Senior Legal Counsel for Nokia and Senior Counsel for EDS. Mark began his career as an associate with the banking and finance practice of Johnson & Gibbs, a national Dallas-based law firm.
Mark holds a bachelor of business administration in accounting from Northeast Louisiana University, and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He has been ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners for Texas and the United States. In his free time he serves on the board of Catholic Charities of Dallas and he enjoys spending time with his family, following football and discovering new wines.