Gail B. Harris
Gail Harris is our Lead Director and serves as Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. From April 2020 until April 2021, Ms. Harris was also on the Board of Seacor Holdings Inc., where she served on the Audit Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. During her tenure on the Seacor Board, she helped the Company through a strategic planning process that ultimately led to a sale of the Company. She was formerly on the Board of Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York, where she was the Lead Director and Chair of the Outside Directors/Audit Committee. In addition, Ms. Harris serves on the boards of several private companies.Ms. Harris is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of Stanford Law School and the Advisory Council of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Harris previously served as a trustee on the Stanford University Board of Trustees, where she chaired the Special Committee on Investment Responsibility, and was a member of the Finance and Audit Committees. Ms. Harris is President Emeritus and a current member of the Board of New York Cares, the largest non-profit for volunteering in New York City.
Ms. Harris began her legal career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 1977 and was a partner in the Corporate Department from 1984 to 1998. She was Of Counsel to Simpson Thacher through June 2011. Ms. Harris has extensive experience in advising boards, general corporate and securities work, joint ventures, partnerships, acquisitions and dispositions. During her time at Simpson Thacher, she represented numerous companies in industries ranging from media and communications to finance.
As a result of her experience serving on boards, along with her expertise in corporate governance, Ms. Harris has been a guest speaker on panels and at conferences addressing issues facing directors of public companies and corporate governance.
Ms. Harris received an A.B. with distinction from Stanford University in 1974 and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1977.