As Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Joseph Podwika is responsible for delivery of legal services to PotashCorp and for the corporate compliance program as well as oversight of corporate governance processes in his role as corporate secretary. He was appointed to this position in 2007.
He joined PotashCorp in 1997 as litigation and general business counsel at its Memphis office and later became senior counsel to the phosphate business in Northbrook, where he also assumed responsibility for all US legal affairs. He was named Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in 2005.
Before joining PotashCorp, Mr. Podwika worked in the legal department of International Paper Company in Memphis and was in private practice with Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel of Buffalo, New York.
He earned an English degree with highest honors at State University of New York at Buffalo and a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law. He is a member of the American and Canadian bar associations, the Association of Corporate Counsel and the US and Canadian societies of corporate secretaries and governance professionals.