Jeanine McHugh joined Emigrant Bank in July 2021 as its General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.  Prior to joining Emigrant Bank, Jeanine was with HSBC from 2013 through 2021.  Her last role at HSBC was as the General Counsel for HSBC’s US retail and private banking divisions, which she held since 2016.  Prior to that at HSBC, Jeanine was the Deputy General Counsel, Corporate, where she advised HSBC’s US businesses on a variety of general corporate matters, including its debt offerings and disclosure issues, as well as M&A matters. She also managed the employment law team and the legal risk assurance team.  Prior to joining HSBC, Jeanine was the Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Pitney Bowes Inc. Previous to that, she was the Associate General Counsel, Corporate Affairs at Luxottica Group S.p.A. Jeanine began her legal career in 1997 at Skadden specializing in cross-border Corporate Finance and M&A, where she worked in the New York, London and Frankfurt offices.  

Jeanine graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia among some of the first women to attend it as a co-ed high school after 147 years as an all-boys institution.  As a corporate attorney, Jeanine was often the only woman “in the room.”  Repeatedly, during high school and at Skadden, Jeanine witnessed how far women can go when they band together and lift each other up.  It was women challenging tradition because they wanted the superior math and science education at Central High School that opened those doors for Jeanine and other women.  Jeanine hopes through her service on the WINGS board to be able to open the doors of opportunity for more women in the sciences, just as women have opened those doors for her during her legal career. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from University of Miami School of Law.  In her spare time Jeanine loves exploring the world with her husband and son, skiing and sail racing.