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Sphera Supports Strategic Growth in ESG Market With Appointment of General Counsel

Sphera Editorial Team

Leading ESG firm appoints seasoned legal expert to help drive global strategic growth efforts.

CHICAGO, IL (December 7, 2021) – Sphera®, a leading global provider of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance and risk management software, data and consulting services, has appointed Michelle Belew as general counsel with a focus on Sphera’s legal strategy to support the company’s continued expansion and innovation in the ESG solutions space.

Belew, who will be based in Sphera’s Chicago headquarters, has almost 20 years of law firm and in-house corporate legal experience. In her career, she has managed a broad range of legal matters, supported organic growth both domestically and globally, and drafted and negotiated complex, domestic and cross-border Software as a Service (SaaS) solution licensing agreements. Most recently, she served as associate general counsel at Progress Software Corp., a business application software company with more than $400 million in revenue. She previously held senior leadership roles at InnerWorkings Inc. and Rimini Street Inc. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and her Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from the University of Delaware.

“It’s an exciting time to be joining Sphera as more and more businesses worldwide seek innovative and reliable ESG solutions,” Belew said. “The global marketplace is complex with varying regulatory requirements across different geographic regions. I look forward to supporting Sphera’s continued expansion into the ESG sector and leveraging my expertise in complex contract negotiations and regulatory compliance.”

Added Sphera CEO and President Paul Marushka, “Sphera has long been at the forefront of innovative sustainability reporting solutions by supporting businesses globally in mitigating and managing ESG risk. As a company spanning over 80 countries, Sphera will benefit from Michelle’s extensive legal experience supporting global growth and from her knowledge of complex regulatory requirements in advancing our mission of creating a safer, more sustainable and productive world.”


About Sphera
Sphera is the leading provider of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance and risk management software, data and consulting services focusing on Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability (EHS&S), Operational Risk Management and Product Stewardship. Learn more about Sphera at Follow Sphera on LinkedIn.

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