Senior Vice President-Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Belden Inc.
Dual interests in business and the law led Brian E. Anderson down the path to becoming Belden’s chief legal officer.
Anderson said he initially didn’t set out to be a lawyer, but after earning an undergraduate degree in business and a master’s degree in business administration at Eastern Illinois University, he considered his professional options. That led him to enroll at Washington University School of Law, where he graduated in 2001.
After law school, he joined Lewis Rice in St. Louis, where he was an associate in the firm’s corporate department until 2008.
His practice included work in securities, banking and finance, and mergers and acquisitions.
In 2008, he was recruited to become a corporate attorney at the Clayton-based Belden, which manufactures signal-transmission solutions.
He was promoted in 2015 to his current position of senior vice president-legal, general counsel and corporate secretary. He oversees the company’s global legal functions and manages a team of 11 attorneys located in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany and Australia.
His work ranges from corporate governance to M&A work to managing the company’s intellectual property.
Anderson said he is fully invested in his work for the company.
“Belden is like family, and the people I work with on a daily basis, I probably spend more time with them than my actual family,” he said. “I never really thought about doing anything else. The job has been rewarding and engaging, and there’s never been a thought to look at anything else.”
His favorite aspect of his work is the variety it offers.
“You don’t really know, when you wake up in the morning, everything you’re working on that day,” he said. “It keeps it fresh and exciting, and I kind of like being in the middle of it all.”
He also enjoys having a broad overview of the company and being involved in company decision-making, he said.
“It’s everything that I wanted,” he said, referencing his backgrounds in business and law. “I get to have a job being a lawyer, but I also get to be involved in important business decisions. It’s a nice confluence of my interests.”
Anderson said he is most proud of the legal team he’s built since he’s taken his current position.
He noted that he replaced a retiring general counsel who’d been in the role for more than 20 years, and other retirements have given him the chance to build a team from scratch.
“The people that I’ve hired since 2015 are all still here. All have a bright future at Belden and seem to love their jobs as much as I love mine. That’s the most rewarding,” he said.
In his spare time, Anderson enjoys spending time with his five children. He said when he and his wife can get away, they travel to see their favorite band, Pearl Jam, perform.
“We’ve seen shows on both sides of the globe,” he said, ticking off shows in Italy, New York, Seattle and Miami.
He also helps to plan an annual golf tournament benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis. The event is the organization’s largest fundraiser.