Organization Formed To Position Women Lawyers To Serve On Boards Of Public Companies Selects Agilent Technologies' General Counsel To Attend Institute
April 14, 2014 (Newswire.com) - Marie Oh Huber, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Agilent Technologies, Inc., attended the DirectWomen Board Institute from January 22-24 in New York City. DirectWomen, an organization formed to position women lawyers to serve on boards of public companies, selects a group of qualified women lawyers from a competitive pool of applicants across the country to participate in the three-day program.
At the DirectWomen Board Institute Huber attended informational sessions on key issues facing current and future corporate directors and had the opportunity to interact with Institute alumnae and past honorees. The Institute was co-chaired by Professor Hillary A. Sale, Walter D. Coles Professor of Law and Professor of Management at Washington University in St. Louis and Professor Lisa M. Fairfax, Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. Institute faculty featured leading experts on corporate governance as well as experienced directors and officers of large public companies. Speakers covered topics such as the role and work of nominating board members, the evolving nature of shareholder relations, the strategic role of audit committees and the role of executive search firms in board searches.
Huber is a top business leader with over 20 years' experience in global Fortune 500 technology and life sciences companies. She is known for her strategic approach to complex international business issues and devising effective solutions. At Agilent Technologies, Huber advises the Board of Directors on transformative M&A, major spin-offs, enabling growth in emerging markets, enterprise risk, compliance and regulatory issues and a variety of corporate governance and shareholder relations matters. She leads of team of over 200 professionals in a dozen countries covering legal, compliance, regulatory affairs and quality, communications, government affairs and philanthropy. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Leadership Forum - Silicon Valley, an organization that brings together top business, government and non-profit leaders to address complex regional issues. Prior to joining Agilent, Huber was Corporate Counsel at Hewlett-Packard Company where she gained insight into a wide variety of technologies. She began her career as an M&A and corporate attorney at large New York and San Francisco law firms. She received her B..A. cum laude in economics from Yale, studied at the London School of Economics and earned her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
"I was honored to be selected to participate with other top women leaders in the DirectWomen Board Institute," said Huber. "It was an impressive group, and the interaction, sharing of perspectives and ideas, as well as the insights gained about board selections made it an extremely valuable experience."
The mission of DirectWomen is to increase the representation of women on corporate boards. DirectWomen identifies, develops and supports a growing group of accomplished women attorneys who have the experience, independence and diversity required for good corporate governance. Partners of the program include Catalyst, the leading nonprofit membership organization expanding opportunities for women in business, and the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession.
Other attendees of the 2014 DirectWomen Board Institute:
Susan L. Blount
Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Prudential Financial, Inc.
Marcy S. Cohen
Managing Director, General Counsel and Head of Legal for the Americas, ING Financial Holdings Corporation
Sheri H. Edison
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Bemis Company, Inc.
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for Hasbro, Inc.
Michelle A. Friel
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for YRC Worldwide Inc.
Kayla J. Gillan
Principal, Leader of Investor Resource Institute, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Sarah Hlavinka McConnell
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for ABM Industries Incorporated
Amanda M. McMillian
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Sheri L. Mossbeck
Vice President and Treasurer of Leggett & Platt, Inc.
Kim M. Rivera
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for DaVita HealthCare Partners
Former Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to the Mayor, Mayor's Office, The City of New York
Jeanne M. Rosendale
Former Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Human Resources for Muriel Siebert Co., Inc.
Margaret K. Seif
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Analog Devices, Inc.
Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP - Antitrust Practice
Allison Leopold Tilley
Board Member and Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Corporate & Securities - Technology practice
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for Choice Hotels International, Inc.
Loria Baskerville Yeadon
Executive Vice President of Intellectual Ventures Management, LLC