Todd K. Hanna
| Sovos Compliance
Vice president and general counsel
After graduating from Syracuse University College of Law, where he was an executive editor of the Syracuse Law Review, Todd K. Hanna spent five years in private practice before determining he would prefer to be an in-house counsel. In 2005, he joined a small technology company in Massachusetts where and worked his way to becoming general counsel. That company was sold in 2010 and after the sale, Hanna joined a newly formed joint venture of EMC, Cisco and VMware, called VCE. At VCE, he was managing commercial counsel, responsible for supporting more than $2bn in North American customer and commercial transactions for its converged infrastructure division. VCE was ultimately merged into EMC, and later acquired by Dell as part of the EMC Dell merger. Hanna then joined Sovos in 2016 in his current role as the vice president and general counsel. Sovos is a global tax, compliance and business-to-government reporting software company with more than 1,000 employees on three continents, headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts. In this role, he leads the company’s global legal department, managing all legal, corporate and transactional matters, and serves as the company’s corporate secretary. He also manages the company’s global contracts renewals organisation as well as its real estate and facilities function. Hanna says that he’s ‘always believed that if you understand your role, work very hard, support the business objectives, enable your internal partners to be successful, try to enhance (and never impair) the customer’s experience, earn the trust of your peers, and help the business grow – if you do these things, you will be rewarded. And that’s how the above highlights have moulded me as a legal professional. They validate the beliefs I hold in how to do this job’. In his first few months, Hanna totally restructured Sovos’ legal function, assigned new, dedicated roles to the eight person staff fostering better clarity and defined responsibilities. He enabled various product, sales, and communication training for the team, giving them needed development and skills.