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Julianne Oehlbeck joins MRB Group as chief legal officer and general counsel

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MRB Group President and CEO Ryan T. Colvin, PE, recently announced that Julianne Oehlbeck, formerly Vice President of Legal and Associate General Counsel for Chobani, LLC, has joined his team to serve as Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel for the expanding Engineering, Architecture, and Municipal Services firm.

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Oehlbeck will shepherd the legal interests of MRB Group as it continues its dramatic growth under Colvin’s leadership. “This is a significant step for MRB Group. While the need to utilize in-house General Counsel has been apparent for some time, we waited for precisely the right person to fulfill this critical role,” Colvin said in a release.  

“Julie’s broad expertise has guided Chobani through growth and expansion. Before that,  she was instrumental in guiding Eastman Kodak through service and product  development in order to sustain the firm throughout an era of technological upheaval  and sea change,” Colvin added. “Her business and legal acumen is exactly what is needed to help MRB Group innovate  and advance to meet evolving needs and modern challenges. She also understands  and respects our core, client-focused values. Julie’s capabilities are renowned and it is with great pride that we welcome her to MRB Group.”  

As Vice President of Legal at Chobani, Oehlbeck provided legal and business advice to  the company. She most recently advised Chobani’s Supply Chain (Engineering,  Manufacturing, Operations, New Product Development, Procurement, Quality, R&D,  Safety, Environmental and Sustainability), Information Technology (including data  security) and Chobani Café on day-to-day operations, legal matters, business risks,  contractual matters as well as strategic decisions. 

Prior to her role at Chobani, Julie was Senior Counsel at Eastman Kodak Company,  serving as lead counsel for all Retail Business Units and Kodak Gallery, while advising on  all Marketing initiatives. Julie also was a Senior Attorney at Global Crossing Telecommunications, Inc., where she advised and supported their North American and  Latin American Sales operations and Procurement team. Prior to those in-house positions,  Julie was an associate at Nixon Peabody, LLP, and Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP, in  Rochester, New York. 

Julie received her J.D. from Albany Law School and her B.A., Cum Laude, from Clemson  University. In addition to her leadership role at MRB Group, she will continue her work with  the Chenango Memorial Hospital, where she serves its Board of Directors as an Executive  and Treasurer, chairing both the Finance and Audit Committees.  

“I look forward to working with a strong multi-disciplined team at MRB Group,” said  Oehlbeck, who noted that she was drawn to a culture that supports innovation. She  believes that creative culture has been a catalyst for the firm’s rapid growth and  advancement. 

“MRB Group has expanded its unique and comprehensive municipal services numerous  times in response to local government needs,” she said. 

“The firm’s agility, prospective planning, and client-focus are an indication of its greater  potential. More recent expansions have added an array of broader services such as  architecture for the health care and education markets, creating opportunities to guide  an evolving enterprise that is adapting to a changing – and challenging – world,”  Oehlbeck stated. 

“I see many more opportunities ahead, and am thrilled to begin this exciting journey with  MRB Group,” she concluded. 

MRB Group has served the greater Rochester and Central New York areas for more than 95 years, providing engineering, architecture and municipal planning as well as  operational support services since 1927.