SFM Mutual Insurance Co. has named Kathy Bray as its new Vice President and General Counsel. This appointment went into effect on April 29.
Bray has been with SFM since 2007, originally as Senior Defense Counsel within SFM’s in-house law firm. She has also served as SFM’s Corporate Counsel since 2016.
“SFM is fortunate to have an attorney with Kathy’s talents and experience as General Counsel,” said President and CEO Terry Miller. “She’s been a vital contributor for this organization and I look forward to working with her in this important new role.”
As General Counsel, Bray’s responsibilities will include: corporate and board governance, oversight of employment law issues, contract review, regulatory matters and legislative relationships. In addition, she’ll have authority over in-house law firm Lynn, Scharfenberg & Hollick and SFM’s Special Investigation Unit.
“I’m honored to accept this new role with such a service-oriented, dynamic company,” said Bray. “I look forward to helping SFM navigate the challenges that come along with being an innovator in an evolving industry.”
Before joining SFM, Bray was a shareholder with Hanft Fride, P.A. in Duluth. She spent over 15 years in private practice, advising employers in workers’ compensation and employment matters, including disputes that involved the Americans With Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act and other employment-related litigation. She also draws upon the experience she’s gained serving as a board member for various nonprofit organizations over the past 25 years.
Bray graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and has her undergraduate degree in business from the University of Denver.