Sandra Phillips Rogers
MSA Safety Incorporated
Sandra Phillips Rogers is group vice president, chief legal officer, general counsel and corporate secretary for Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (“TMNA”), where she leads the legal department that provides legal services for the company's North America affiliate companies. Rogers is a seasoned executive and board member with a breadth of experience strategically managing complex corporate issues, integrating business, legal and stakeholder relations into discussions and decision making.
As general counsel and corporate secretary, Rogers provides strategic direction on legal and business issues as a member of the North America Management Committee and as an advisory member of the North America Executive and Audit Committees and the board of directors for TMNA and other North America affiliates. She is a member of the Risk Management and Compliance Advisory Committees that address the most significant risks facing the company. Rogers is a member of Toyota's Global Leadership Team (comprised of senior executives who are positioned to take global leadership roles) and has managed matters that have global implications such as high-profile cross-border transactions, start-up formation for artificial intelligence and connected technology, trade compliance, distressed suppliers, FCPA, litigation and anti-bribery. She directs the strategy to help Toyota’s expansion as a global mobility company, one that is an industry leader in autonomous, connected and sustainable vehicle technologies.
Rogers played a key role in developing a successful, customer-forward resolution for one of the most significant legal, regulatory and business risks in the history of Toyota, building effective collaborations with key stakeholders in the business, government affairs and corporate communications. She has extensive experience in organizational restructuring and has helped lead the company and the legal department in merging the sales and manufacturing organizations into one central headquarters in Plano, Texas. Rogers has a keen understanding of organizational structures and people management necessary to bridge divergent points of view to move the organization forward in an effective and sustainable way.
As a global senior executive in Toyota and Pfizer and representing oil and gas and other Fortune 100 companies as a partner in top global law firms, Rogers has been involved in the most significant business and legal challenges of the last twenty years. She has brought strategic vision and sensitivity to corporate vitality in resolving matters in a way that restores stakeholder confidence and allows the business to continue and thrive. Rogers understands the unique challenges faced by companies operating under corporate integrity agreements, deferred prosecution agreements and government appointed monitors, employing sound compliance strategies to effectively manage these risks and develop sustainable business practices.
Rogers is a board member of MSA Safety Incorporated (NYSE: MSA), a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures. She is a member of MSA’s Audit and Law Board Committees. Rogers is involved in several non-profit boards, including YWCA USA (Audit Committee Chair and Governance Committee), United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, University of Texas Law School Foundation Trustees, and is a Co-Founder and Executive Committee Member of the University of Texas School of Law Center for Women in Law, which is devoted to the success of the entire spectrum of women in the law. Rogers has put her experience in creating organizational efficiencies to work for her non-profit boards to lead change in governance, fundraising and strategic planning. Black Enterprise has recognized Rogers as one of its 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2017) and 300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America (2018).
Rogers is a leader in her profession. She is a sought-after speaker on regulatory, risk management and crisis management topics, and in May 2017 the Burton Foundation honored her with the prestigious Legend in Law Award. She received the 2017 General Counsel Impact Player of the Year Award from Texas Lawyer.
Rogers is a thought leader and pioneer in building organizational diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. She is a member of Toyota's Executive Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which works with the company’s external Diversity Advisory Board in setting strategies for diversity and inclusion. Rogers was recently recognized for her groundbreaking work in this area by the Brennan Center for Justice as its 2016 Legacy Award winner, in addition to receiving the 2017 Champion of Diversity Award by D CEO Magazine. Her legal department has been recognized as a leader in advancing diversity both within the legal department and among outside business vendors.
Rogers is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas School of Law and is an active supporter of these institutions.