Barney Saunders is a Chief Operating and Legal officer with 20+ years of hands-on operational leadership experience in start-up through growth stage companies, leading legal, HR, IR/PR, finance, clinical and facilities. She has extensive expertise and experience in investor relations and crisis management as well as clinical trial (Phase 2 and 3) oversight, including regulatory, recruitment strategies, KOL meetings and PI management. This COO is acutely familiar with public and private company board management and development of corporate governance procedures; adept at navigating Board relationships, building consensus and driving efficiency at the Board level.In the past several quarters, this COO has engaged with both private and public companies at different stages of growth. In one instance, she was retained by management to assist in pre-IPO readiness including the implementation and support for internal controls including HR/Payroll, Equity and Board/Corporate Governance. She also implemented retention packages, assisted with the re-envisioning of corporate structure through intensive interviews and job description development, and rolled out new employee-centric policies & processes. During another engagement, this COO was hired to create a public company scaffolding. She worked with the Board, leadership team, auditors, outside counsel and IR firm to create the required infrastructure for a public company. She also worked closely with CEO on IR and led all public company compliance.