Sylvia J. Kerrigan
Class of 2015
Sylvia Kerrigan is the Executive Director of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business at the University of Texas. With over a decade in the board room, she is a director and former executive for the industrial, transportation and energy sectors. In addition to her corporate experience, her governance expertise encompasses environmental, social and governance (ESG), regulatory, risk management, cybersecurity and information privacy matters.
Ms. Kerrigan is active on the board of directors for Team Industrial Services (NYSE: TISI), where she serves on the Audit & Finance and Corporate Governance & Nominating Committees. She previously served on the board of Alta Mesa Resources (NASDAQ: AMR), sitting on the Audit and Compensation Committees, and chairing the board of Kingfisher Midstream LLC. Ms. Kerrigan was also on the board of Nine Point Energy (PE backed), where she chaired the Audit Committee and participated in the Compensation Committee. She was deeply involved in strategy and C-suite succession at all three companies, and recapitalization and shareholder activism at two of the companies.
Ms. Kerrigan retired from her role as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) in 2017. While at Marathon, she sat on the Executive Committee and was responsible for state, federal and international public policy matters, legal and compliance functions, and external communications. She was central to the company’s corporate positioning, including a spin-off of the refining, transportation and retail assets in 2011, and a subsequent recasting of corporate culture and capital allocation. She worked closely with the board on major M&A, shareholder outreach, corporate disclosure and numerous other issues for eight years.
Ms. Kerrigan’s prior experience includes an appointment to the United Nations Security Council’s Commission d’Indemnisation in Geneva, Switzerland, where she led an interdisciplinary team responsible for evaluating material losses sustained by international companies operating in the Middle East. In private practice, she worked with manufacturing, maritime, construction and engineering clients on complex international, commercial and insurance matters. Ms. Kerrigan clerked for the Texas Supreme Court during law school. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Brazil.
Ms. Kerrigan graduated from Southwestern University and the University of Texas. She chairs Southwestern’s Academic Affairs Committee and sits on its Executive Committee. In recognition of her contributions, the University of Texas presented her with the Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, and Southwestern University presented her with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018.