Kathleen M. Franklin

Kathleen M. Franklin

Class of 2007

Kathleen M. Franklin is the Global Ethics & Compliance Strategy Leader for the Sony Group companies where she is responsible for identifying and implementing strategies designed to promote an ethical culture and maintain compliance program effectiveness.  She also acts as the chief compliance officer for Sony Corporation of America, Sony’s U.S. holding company based in New York.  Her team develops and implements compliance program activities for Sony Corporation of America and its subsidiaries in alignment with the overall Sony Group compliance program.

Prior to joining Sony, Kathleen was a Partner and Co-Chair of the Corporate Governance Group for Boies, Schiller and Flexner, LLP where she served as a strategic advisor to public and private companies on a wide range of issues related to mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, corporate governance, and crisis management.

Kathleen is also an independent director of Bank OZK (NASDAQ: OZK), a banking corporation with total assets of $26 billion as of August 2022.  She currently serves as the Chair of the board’s Nominating and Governance Committee and is a member of the board’s Executive and Compensation Committees.  She previously served as a member of its Risk Committee.

Kathleen graduated magna cum laude from Siena College, Loudonville, New York, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  She graduated magna cum laude from Albany Law School of Union University and earned an LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law.