Elizabeth Matthews is a global aviation and energy C-suite executive and Board member with over twenty-five years of experience in international public companies. She has a deep understanding of the energy and aviation industries and broad leadership experience in strategy, crisis management, enterprise risk, regulatory matters, government relations, intellectual property strategy, and ethics/compliance. She has significant expertise working in an international/cross-cultural setting and leading global teams.
Elizabeth currently serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Head of Government Affairs, and Corporate Secretary for Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), a publicly traded $1.22B revenue aviation company, offering helicopter offshore energy transportation and search and rescue services to civil and government organizations worldwide. Elizabeth serves on the Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for the company’s legal and compliance functions, as well as government affairs and risk/insurance. She is a key strategic advisor to the Board and its Committees on a variety of issues, including enterprise risk management, SEC reporting and governance matters, Director refreshment, as well as all major litigation and acquisition and divestiture transactions. She attends all Board and Committee meetings and participates in the Board’s and the Executive Leadership Team’s strategic planning process.
At Bristow Group, Elizabeth manages a multi-million dollar budget and a global team of legal, government relations, and insurance/risk professionals. She is responsible for driving policy and, as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, company strategy. As head of the company’s Compliance function, Ms. Matthews also directs the company’s enterprise-wide compliance and ethics program.
Prior to joining Bristow Group, Ms. Matthews worked as Deputy US Managing Director and Executive Vice-President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for French energy major TotalEnergies, SE’s (NYSE: TTE) companies in the United States. TotalEnergies is a publicly traded global energy company headquartered in Paris, France and focused on renewable energy (including wind, solar and biofuels), batteries, and the exploration and production, trading and shipping, and refining and marketing of oil and gas. Ms. Matthews was a member of the executive team of TotalEnergies’ US affiliate and was responsible for the company’s strategic direction and management, including its focus on sustainability and ESG performance. She was responsible for the company’s legal and ethics functions and (along with the Country Chair) coordinated all US-wide shared services functions such as security, communications, and IT. In addition to Ms. Matthews’ C-suite role, she served as a director of several TotalEnergies subsidiaries, including TotalEnergies US Holdings company, environmental remediation company, and technology company.
Prior to her work at TotalEnergies, Ms. Matthews worked for over 11 years at Chevron, including for Chevron’s Downstream and Upstream businesses, as well as for the corporate headquarters. She also served in a general counsel role for Chevron’s Energy Technology Company and led Chevron’s intellectual property asset management team, which developed and executed the company’s intellectual property strategy, by developing, leveraging, and monetizing Chevron’s intellectual property assets. Early in her career, Ms. Matthews worked at nationally known law firms in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, she supported companies including the National Football League, Starbucks, and Home Depot with advice on labor and employment/human resources matters. She also clerked for a federal district court judge in Philadelphia. She is a cum laude graduate of Yale University and received her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1995.
Ms. Matthews has experience leading significant non-profit boards. She currently serves on the Board of the World Affairs Council of Houston, the American Hospital of Paris Foundation, the Advisory Board of the Houston Women’s Energy Network, and the Board of the Texas General Counsel Forum. She is past President and former Board member of the Women’s Energy Network and National Charity League (Texas Sage Chapter). She also is a former member of the Board of the Harvard Law School Association of Houston and the Board Facilities Committee of St. John’s School.
Ms. Matthews is a widely recognized leader. She has been honored as a “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Energy” and a “Top 50 General Counsel in Energy” by the National Diversity Council, as a “Breakthrough Woman” by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, a “Woman on the Move” by Texas Executive Women, as “Best Corporate Counsel” by the Houston Business Journal, and twice as a “Magna Stella” awardee for best general counsel by the Texas General Counsel Forum.
She also is a leader in diversity. She has been awarded the Women’s Energy Network (Appalachia Chapter) “Trailblazer Award,” which recognizes a woman who has been a model of leadership and vision in the energy industry for more than fifteen years. She also has been named as “Woman of the Month” by the Women’s Energy Network and as a Houston “Top 50 General Counsel leader in diversity” by the National Diversity Council.