Liberty Interactive announces retirement of General Counsel

Liberty Interactive Corporation, a digital commerce business company, has announced that General Counsel Charles Tanabe has decided to retire at the end of 2012.

Rich Baer, former EVP and chief legal officer of UnitedHealth Group, will succeed Charles Tanabe as SVP and General Counsel, effective January 1, 2013.

"I want to thank Charles for his many contributions to Liberty. We have all benefited from his business wisdom and legal skills. He will be greatly missed by me and the entire Liberty team," said Greg Maffei, Liberty president and CEO. "We're also pleased that Charles will continue to work with Liberty on special projects."

As Chief Legal Officer of UnitedHealth Group, Baer oversaw the company's legal, regulatory and compliance matters. Baer previously served as General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of Qwest Communications where he oversaw legal, human resources, corporate communications, compliance, public policy, government relations and corporate social responsibility. Prior to joining Qwest, Baer served as chairman of the litigation department at Sherman & Howard.