Class of 2019
As a C-suite executive, board, and audit committee member, Katherine Adkins brings 30 years of experience in the highly dynamic and changing worlds of the automotive, financial services, and fintech. Adkins currently serves as Chief Legal Officer for Affirm Holdings, Inc. and had previously served as a senior executive with Toyota Financial Services (“TFS”), a publicly listed SEC registrant with $120B in assets, the largest non-bank financial institution in the US. Ms. Adkins is known for building high-performance teams and delivering results without increasing budget, litigation risk, or headcount. While at TFS, Ms. Adkins was a member of TFS’s Executive, Enterprise Risk, and Audit Committees and chaired its Global Compliance Committee. She also served on the board of two private company affiliates within Toyota and was a founding board member of Toyota’s Political Action Committee.
Whether acting as a board member, executive, or legal advisor, Ms. Adkins is known for being a proactive and results-driven leader. Ms. Adkins has deep expertise in financial services and fintech and is Chief Legal Officer for Affirm. While at TFS, Ms. Adkins led the development of an enterprise compliance function from the ground up and led the development of a global compliance framework.
With an unwavering passion for business innovation, Ms. Adkins created a grassroots movement within TFS to instill creativity and innovation in the organization. She created and led a 20+ member team that provided training to employees on creativity, led creativity and innovation workshops, and facilitated company-wide innovation events. This work led to the company’s expansion into MaaS and other mobility platforms as well as a number of acquisitions.
Ms. Adkins oversaw 300+ employees globally across diverse areas such as procurement, compliance, legal, audit, and outsourcing. As an Audit Committee member, she also took the lead in achieving the move of TFS headquarters from California to Texas with no impact on financial reporting and she led an effort to professionalize the Audit Committee with more robust oversight and governance capabilities.
Currently, Katherine is serving as an Advisory Board Member for MoBi Consortium.
Giving back to her community, Ms. Adkins has served on the boards of the Dallas Theater Company and Levitt & Quinn, a nonprofit family law center. She is a frequent public speaker at finance industry, legal, and women’s conferences and has been recognized by organizations as diverse as Auto Finance News and Girl Scouts of America. Ms. Adkins is an alumni of the 2019 DirectWomen Board Institute. She is a member of NACD, ACC, and the California State Bar.