Class of 2020-2021
Lisa J. Brown is an accomplished global C-suite executive and corporate Board member with diverse experience in a variety of industries including mining, consumer healthcare, chemicals, and a deep understanding of automotive, transportation technology, and industrial manufacturing.
Since August 2020, Ms. Brown serves on the Board of PI Industries Limited (NSE(India): PIND) an Indian Fortune 500 company operating in India, Japan, and Europe in the development, manufacture, and distribution of agri-chemicals. From May 2019 until October 2020, Ms. Brown held a corporate Board position on SmartDrive Systems Inc., representing a minority strategic investor in a venture capital-backed transportation technology company. During her tenure on the SmartDrive Board, Ms. Brown worked in an industrial advisory capacity to the majority VC represented Board, supporting the exit and sale of the company to an industrial buyer, delivering significant shareholder return. Ms. Brown also previously sat on the Board of WABCO India Limited (NSE(India): WABCOINDIA) from January 2015 until September 2020, where she held the lead non-executive, non-independent director role. Ms. Brown sat on the Remuneration & Nomination Committee, Stakeholder Relationship Committee, and the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of WABCO India, fostering key relationships with independent directors.
In her executive career, Ms. Brown recently joined SCR-Sibelco NV, a Belgian-headquartered corporation with revenues of $4 billion (2019), as Chief Legal Officer. Sibelco is a global leader in the mining and transformation of minerals using technology and know-how to deliver sustainable solutions across diverse end-markets including renewable energy, glass, electronics, and coatings. In addition to leading a team of more than 50 employees accountable for the legal, enterprise-wide risk management and sustainability strategy of the company, Ms. Brown is a member of the Executive Committee focussing on defining and deploying a new corporate strategy and leading a business transformation.
Prior to that, Ms. Brown was the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC), a global leader in the development and manufacturing of commercial vehicle safety and control systems, designed to save lives through accident mitigation and help improve the energy and efficiency of vehicles. In this role, Ms. Brown was instrumental in the strategically transformative $7 billion merger of the corporation with ZF Friedrichshafen AG, creating the world’s largest commercial vehicle Tier 1 supplier. During her time at WABCO, Ms. Brown was responsible for corporate business development activities together with the global legal, intellectual property, and compliance affairs of the corporation.
In her executive roles, Ms. Brown has gained broad international experience leading diverse cross-functional teams. She is skilled in delivering multiple M&A transactions, divestments, joint ventures, and other strategic investments in geographies around the world including the US, Europe, Japan, Brazil, and Australia, achieving strategic business goals and delivering accretive value. In addition, she accumulated significant Boardroom exposure, having responsibility for developing WABCO’s Board program and corporate governance structure, advising the Compensation, Nominating Governance and Audit committees on topics for SEC reporting, compliance and best practice, and risk management oversight. She is also recognized as a strong business leader, having undertaken integral roles in business reorganizations and transformations, positioning the organizations for future growth in dynamic and disruptive industrial environments.