Success Stories
  • Juliette PryorJuliette Pryor

    Juliette Pryor is a skilled public and private company c-suite executive with 25+ years of business experience. She has deep experience in the board room of multiple corporations, providing key leadership in IPOs, multi-billion-dollar divestitures and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and entity transformations. Juliette has lived in Brazil, speaks fluent Portuguese and is proficient in Spanish. While continuing in full time employment, Juliette is actively seeking a US or international corporate board role that will draw on her considerable governance, compliance, human resources and regulatory experience. 

    Juliette began serving as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Albertsons Companies, a Fortune 100 grocery retailer with retail, manufacturing and distribution operations in 34 states, and approximately 300,000 employees in June of 2020. As a member of the executive leadership team of this newly public company, Juliette is responsible for all of the company’s legal, compliance and government affairs functions.  Juliette’s board contributions include lead responsibility for the transformation of the corporate board from a controlled company board to a fully independent board, oversight for the board governance process, setting of board agendas, and framing policies for board tenure, composition and recruiting. 

    From 2016 to June 2020, Juliette served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Cox Enterprises, a $20 billion, family-owned conglomerate with significant digital and traditional operations in the communications, media and automotive sectors (Autotrader, Kelly Blue Book, wholesale automotive auctions, etc.).  

    Juliette previously served as a c-suite officer of US Foods, Inc. (NYSE: 124), the second largest foodservice distribution and supply chain company in the United States. Juliette joined US Foods in 2005 as part of a turnaround leadership team and was tasked with rebuilding the company’s compliance and enterprise risk management programs and leading efforts to repair relationships with key government customers and oversight agencies.  In 2007, Juliette was a strategic lead for the team that took the company private, and seven years later she co-led the team that took the company public after being held by private equity. Over the course of her 11-year tenure, Juliette led the legal, compliance, enterprise risk management, workforce safety, food safety, governance, government affairs and public policy functions. At different points during her tenure Juliette also held interim lead responsibility for human resources, diversity and inclusion and corporate communications.

    Before US Foods, Juliette served as General Counsel for telecom start up e.spire Communications, and remained on that leadership team throughout its NASDAQ delisting and Chapter 11 reorganization, and led the organization through its restructuring process that ended with all telecom assets being sold through an orderly wind down. Earlier in her career she was in private practice with Skadden Arps, advising global clients on complex, international commercial transactions, in the energy, media, and telecom sectors. 

    Juliette is a frequently sought-after speaker on leadership, strategy, governance and compliance. She is an experienced nonprofit board member, including with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Fisk University, Georgetown Law Center and Equal Justice Works. 

    Juliette has received many prestigious awards and recognitions over her career such as her recent inclusion in Black Enterprise 300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America (2019). 

  • Kellye L. WalkerKellye L. Walker

    Kellye Walker, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN), is a seasoned senior executive with over 25 years of experience helping publicly traded companies increase value through forward thinking, strategic discipline and a focus on continuous improvement.  

    Ms. Walker is a member of the board of directors of Lincoln Electric Company (NASDAQ: LECO), a $6 billion global manufacturing company, where she serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance and Compensation and Executive Development Committees. 

    Additionally, she has been a leader and advisor to boards and an active and regular participant at both the board and committee levels at several publicly traded companies, from big box retail to global consumer products to companies in the highly regulated public utility, aerospace and defense and chemical industries.  

    In her current role at Eastman, Walker reports to the CEO and has overall leadership responsibility for Eastman’s legal organization of over 400 professionals, which includes corporate governance, compliance and litigation management, as well as government affairs, product stewardship and regulatory affairs, global business conduct and the company’s global health, safety, environment and security organization. 

    Walker was appointed to her current position in 2020 after having served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., America’s largest military shipbuilder (NYSE: HII).  At HII she provided advice, guidance and counsel to the business on legal and regulatory matters as well as overall strategic direction, having led a team responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal affairs. Prior to joining HII, she was Chief Administrative Officer at American Water Works Co. (NYSE: AWK), the country’s largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility company where she led a team of over 200 professionals having responsibility for the human resources, information technology, government affairs, corporate communications and legal departments.  As a member of AWK’s Executive Leadership Team, she led a $300 million multi-year strategic business systems transformation, including change management and culture transformation.  Ms. Walker also previously served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Diageo North America and was one of the top leaders worldwide at London Stock Exchange traded Diageo, plc.  During her tenure, she was responsible among other things for instituting a compliance program in the North American business operation which served as the model for the global compliance program, and for reorganizing the supply chain and procurement support process. Ms. Walker also previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of BJ’s Wholesale Club and as a corporate partner in major law firms in Boston and in New Orleans. 

    Ms. Walker has a strong commitment to serving her community through a variety of civic and non-profit organizations, including serving as a gubernatorial appointee on the Board of Visitors of Christopher Newport University, as an Advisory Board member of the Georgetown Law Corporate Counsel Institute, serving on the National Constitution Center Corporate Council and as a member of the Board of Directors and Development Committee chair of ACHIEVEability, an organization dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty through education and promotion of home ownership.  Walker has been broadly recognized for her achievements, including being a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel (2020), having been named by the Financial Times as a Global 20 General Counsel (2019), a “Legend in the Law” by the Burton Foundation (2014) and having also been named a Philadelphia Woman of Distinction (2011).  

    Ms. Walker received her B.S. from Louisiana Tech University in 1987 and her J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 1992.    

  • Sarah C. Dodds-BrownSarah C. Dodds-Brown

    Sarah Dodds-Brown serves as Executive Vice President & Managing Counsel at American Express where she leads the U.S. Business Legal Group – a team of over 75 attorneys located in New York, Florida and Illinois which provides legal and regulatory support for the company’s U.S. Consumer, Commercial and Global Merchant and Network Services businesses.  These business divisions generate over $29B in annual revenue for American Express.  Sarah also serves as the Executive Sponsor for the Company’s Black Engagement Network employee affinity group.  Over the course of her 14 year career with American Express, Sarah has been recognized as a strategic business partner who effectively challenges the status quo and creates momentum for change and evolution, and she has been instrumental in redefining the culture and expanding the engagement of the legal function at American Express.   

    Prior to her current role, Sarah led the Global Merchant & Network Services legal team in the wake of a District Court ruling against American Express and its merchant business in an antitrust case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice.  Sarah and her team helped drive decisions that enabled growth and balanced the needs of customers and shareholders while navigating the implementation of a permanent injunction issued by the District Court, as well as its reversal several months later by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  In 2018, the Supreme Court ultimately affirmed the appellate decision in favor of American Express. 

    For several years, in addition to her business responsibilities, Sarah also led the global privacy law center of excellence and set the agenda for the broader privacy organization during an extended transition period between Chief Privacy Officers, including leading the development of a principle and risk-based approach to how the Company partners with third parties and governs its “Big Data” capabilities.  During the time of her tenure leading the privacy legal function, the Company was recognized six years in a row as ‘The Most Trusted Company for Privacy’ in a survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute.   Sarah also served as an Adviser on two American Law Institute projects focused on developing principles of law for data privacy and principles for a data economy. 

    Sarah has been active with educational and civic organizations since the beginning of her career.  She was elected and served as a “Young Trustee” on the Duke University Board of Trustees following her undergraduate studies and went on to subsequently serve two terms on the Board of Advisors for Duke’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences.  In addition to serving in other leadership capacities for Duke, in 2006, Sarah was asked by the University President to serve on a specially created Presidential Council to scrutinize Duke's response to allegations made against several members of its men’s lacrosse team.  During a time of acute crisis for the University and incredible reputational vulnerability, she and the other members of the Council advised the President on whether Duke's responses were appropriate and effective.     

    In 2013, Sarah was appointed by the Mayor of the City of New Rochelle to the City Planning Board and took over as Chair in 2016 as the City implemented a novel, fast-track zoning process and use of generic environmental reviews to spark an unprecedented redevelopment initiative which has resulted in 31 projects – totaling six million square feet and more than 4,000 housing units – being approved through the City’s planning process.  In 2019, Sarah was also nominated and served as a member of the Local Planning Committee (LPC) in connection with a $10M grant received by the City from the State of New York as part of its Downtown Revitalization Initiative.  The LPC developed a strategic investment plan for the grant money to better connect the City’s Lincoln Avenue Corridor with its downtown development and advance its vision for revitalization.  Sarah is also a member of the Advisory Board for DirectWomen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards, and she serves as the Chair of the Legal, Policy & Risk Committee of the Board of Trustees of Rye Country Day School in Rye, NY. 

    Prior to joining American Express, Sarah was an M&A and private equity lawyer at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York.    She is a graduate of Duke University and Columbia University School of Law.  She currently resides in New Rochelle, NY with her husband and three children.