J. Michael Farren is vice president, external and legal affairs as well as general counsel and corporate secretary for Xerox Corporation, Stamford, Conn. He was named to this position in October 2003, assuming the general counsel role in May 2004 and the corporate secretary position in December 2004. He was appointed a corporate vice president in October 1994.
Farren directs the company's office of external affairs and is responsible for Xerox's government-related and public policy activities on domestic and international affairs. He will also oversee the Office of General Counsel and the legal affairs of the corporation, including legal counsel, litigation and patent acquisition.
Farren joined Xerox in 1992 after three years as undersecretary for international trade in the U.S. Department of Commerce. He began his career in 1973 as district representative and campaign director for U.S. Rep. Ronald A. Sarasin. He was vice president of the Greater Waterbury (Conn.) Chamber of Commerce from 1978 to 1981.
Farren served as director, White House liaison, with the Republican National Committee from 1981 to 1983. In 1983, he joined the Commerce department as director of the Office of Business Liaison. In 1988 and 1989, he was deputy director of President George Bush's transition team, and during 1992, deputy campaign manager of the Bush-Quayle re-election committee.
Farren received a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1977 from Fairfield University, a master of arts degree in public policy analysis in 1982 from Trinity College and a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1982.