In-house luminary Guy Rounsaville Jr. joined The Doctors Company with great fanfare in August.
The fanfare was deserved: Rounsaville was general counsel for more than 20 years at Wells Fargo Bank with a stint as Visa’s GC. But just a few months later Rounsaville, 64, resigned from the Napa medical malpractice insurer. Legal Pad caught up with Rounsaville to find out why he left so suddenly.
“It’s a great company and it has very good people the only problem was the location,” he told us.
The location is Napa, and Rounsaville lives down here in Hillsborough. That’s a 90 minute drive without traffic. (That’s the best time I made it,” he said.) He said he tried taking different routes up to Napa, but to no avail, and the company stubbornly wouldn’t provide him with a helicopter (OK, he didn’t actually request one).
Finally, he decided that at his age it wasn’t worth the schlep.
The company declined to comment beyond saying that Rounsaville had decided to pursue other opportunities and it wished him well.
But that’s not to say he didn’t enjoy his few fleeting months. He was taken by bucolic Napa, a striking contrast to busy Chicago where he was top lawyer at LaSalle Bank until May. “The first time I was there I walked out into the parking lot and there are two cowboys practicing lassoing calves,” he said with a laugh.
Known as a man of integrity with a dedication to diversity, Rounsaville said it was nothing about the company that caused him to resign. Just the long drive. Now, he said he’s open to another job; it just has to be closer to home.
— Zusha Elinson