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Corporate: Rebecca Kujawa

Huttig Building Products, Inc.

As the only in-house lawyer for Huttig Building Products, Inc., Rebecca Kujawa plays a part in nearly every area of the company.

“I enjoy understanding the entire business model,” said Kujawa, senior vice president – supply chain and general counsel. “When you’re in a lean organization, you have to participate soup-to-nuts because everything impacts every aspect of the business. When you’re the only lawyer, you get a bird’s-eye view of the pressure points for each initiative or every matter we’re working on.”kujawa-rebecca

Kujawa earned her undergraduate degree in political science with a minor in history from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale before attending the University of Illinois College of Law.

Prior to joining Huttig Building Products, Kujawa served as a vice president and general counsel of Asia and trading at Peabody Energy Corporation. She has been with Huttig, which has been in St. Louis for more than 130 years, since January 2014.

In her current role, she is part of Huttig’s senior leadership team, managing supply chain and all legal matters of the company.

“Everything in business touches law, and the role of a general counsel is to come up with pragmatic, reasonable solutions to manage the business risks while pursuing the strategic goals of the company,” she said. “I enjoy solving problems and offering solutions to the team.”

While Kujawa said she enjoys working with the senior leadership team to set the strategic goals of the company and develop the plans to execute against those goals, she also finds it “very rewarding to be in a service role to the individuals working in our branches to assist them with business transactions and issues that come up on a day-to-day basis.”

“I am a strong advocate for my company and our employees, and that has served me well in my role as general counsel,” she said. “Evaluating matters in the context of ‘What is best for the company’ has been my guiding principle in my role.”