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. Additionally, Ms. Lau serves on the Board of Directors of Arduro Sustainable Rubber Inc., a company that provides a sustainable, economic and environmentally friendly solution to disposing of waste (also known as end-of-life) rubber tires. She 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., then an S&P 400® multinational mobile and video 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 professionals, and advised the Board of Directors on legal, governance and compliance matters. During Ms. Lau’s tenure at InterDigital, she led the company through the negotiation, consummation and integration of its transformative acquisition of two business divisions of Technicolor SA, the French multimedia and technology company.
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 and the Board of Governors 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 of Pennsylvania’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, where she served as Executive Editor of Volume 150 of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. Ms. Lau 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 children.