Jannie K. Lau
Class of 2020
Jannie K. Lau is the current Vice Chair of the Asian American Advisory Council within the Comcast NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Advisory Council (JDC). Comprised of national leaders in business, politics and civil rights, the JDC provides advice to senior executives at Comcast and NBCUniversal regarding the development and implementation of diversity, inclusion and social justice initiatives in the following five focus areas: Governance, Our People, Supplier Diversity, Programming and Community Investment. Ms. Lau has also served on the Advisory Board of Holistic Industries, one of the largest private, vertically integrated, multi-state operators in the cannabis industry, since 2017.
From October 2012 until her retirement in December 2019, Ms. Lau was the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of InterDigital, Inc., an S&P 400® multinational technology company (NASDAQ: IDCC). Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Lau managed the company’s legal and government affairs functions, including a worldwide team of over 100 employees, and advised the Board of Directors on legal, governance and compliance matters.
At InterDigital, which generates the vast majority of its revenues by conducting cutting-edge R&D and granting licenses to its world-class patent portfolio, the General Counsel plays a highly strategic role. InterDigital’s current CEO, William J. Merritt, is himself a former general counsel of the company. Along with Mr. Merritt, the CFO and the COO, Ms. Lau was one of only four executive officers with policy-making authority within the company. She oversaw an annual budget of over $100 million, led InterDigital’s cross-border acquisition and integration of the patent licensing business of Technicolor SA, directed the company’s enterprise risk management efforts and spearheaded the company’s involvement in high-stakes intellectual property and antitrust litigation in the United States, the United Kingdom and China. She also represented the company before the United States Congress and various executive branch and EU agencies and successfully resolved multiple investigations into the company’s standard-essential-patent licensing practices by competition authorities in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Prior to joining InterDigital, Ms. Lau served as securities and transactional counsel at IKON Office Solutions, Inc., then a Fortune® 500 technology company. Before beginning her in-house career, she was a corporate associate at leading global law firms in New York and Boston, where she represented public and pre-IPO companies, primarily in the high technology sector, with respect to securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, financings and corporate governance matters and counseled private equity and venture capital fund managers on capital formations, portfolio investments and general governance issues.
Ms. Lau currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and on the Board of Directors of the Committee of Seventy. Among other recognitions, Ms. Lau has been honored as one ofPennsylvania’s “Most Powerful & Influential Women” by the National Diversity Council and as a “Woman of the Year” by The Legal Intelligencer.
Ms. Lau is an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia College of Columbia University. She lives in Villanova, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Todd C. Longsworth, and their two young children.