ClearStar Expands Leadership Team with Appointment of Nicolas Dufour as General Counsel


ClearStar Expands Leadership Team with Appointment of Nicolas Dufour as General Counsel

ClearStar, a technology and service provider to the background check industry, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Nicolas Dufour, former Chief Regulatory Counsel of global screening provider First Advantage, a Symphony Technology Group company, as Executive Vice President & General Counsel with immediate effect. The creation of this new position reflects the rapid growth of ClearStar and is to support its development as the Company expands internationally and domestically within the U.S.

“We are delighted to welcome Nicolas to ClearStar at such an exciting time for the Company,” said Robert J. Vale, Chief Executive Officer of ClearStar. “He brings with him over two decades of legal practice experience and almost ten years in the background check industry, which, as we embark on the next stage of our development, will prove invaluable as we look to expand into new markets.”

Reporting to Robert J. Vale, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of ClearStar, Mr Dufour will provide legal guidance to the CEO, Chairman and Board of Directors, advising on legal management best practices and operating standards related to business and state and federal laws and regulations, and regulatory and legal strategic matters. He will also manage all outside counsels.

As Chief Regulatory Counsel of First Advantage, Mr Dufour oversaw litigation matters; regulatory enforcement investigations related to privacy and data security issues from both state and federal regulators; contracts; risk management; data privacy and security compliance; and corporate matters. He also supported all aspects of product development related to the use of data held in differently regulated environments. Prior to joining First Advantage in 2005, Mr Dufour was Partner at U.S. law firm, Paley Rothman.

“I am excited to be joining ClearStar at this pivotal moment in the Company’s development,” added Nicolas Dufour, General Counsel of ClearStar. “As ClearStar broadens its offering to new markets – both geographic and domestic, and through organic and inorganic growth – I look forward to supporting the management team, which has successfully built the business to the position where it is now, to enable the Company to realise its growth potential.”

About ClearStar
ClearStar, Inc. is a leading and trusted background check technology, strategic services and decision-making information provider to employers and background screening companies.

A six-time Inc. 5000 honoree and founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), ClearStar has provided innovative technology solutions to businesses in the human capital management industry from its corporate offices in Alpharetta, Georgia since 1995. For more information about ClearStar, please visit:


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