Maureen has incomparable experience in leading global legal teams and advising management and corporate boards, serving more than a decade at an industry-leading multinational company, after a successful career as a partner and practice group leader at an international law firm. Throughout her career, she has coached and mentored many attorneys and non-attorneys at all stages of their careers.
Most recently, as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Ethics Officer of The Chubb Corporation, one of the largest publicly traded property and casualty insurers, operating in 25 countries, Maureen led a 135-person global team, overseeing legal, regulatory, compliance, government affairs and corporate secretarial functions. One of Maureen’s most noteworthy accomplishments was her critical role in Chubb’s $28 billion acquisition, including negotiations, integration planning, internal communication, and transition management. During her tenure, Maureen also spearheaded numerous risk and compliance initiatives, including creating an award-winning compliance and ethics program; establishing a regulatory compliance group; and implementing a global enterprise risk management assessment process. Within the legal department, she also revitalized its functioning, productivity, efficiency, and morale through various restructurings and innovative development initiatives. Beyond her role as the company’s legal leader, Maureen was involved in diversity activities across the Chubb organization, in addition to mentoring individuals both inside and outside of the company.
Prior to joining Chubb, Maureen was a partner at White & Case LLP, where she headed the Global Securities Practice Group and a global staff of more than 150 lawyers. In addition to her leadership role, Maureen represented domestic and international companies in diverse industries with regard to securities offerings, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other corporate transactions, as well as advising on corporate governance, crisis management, SEC reporting, and general corporate matters.
Maureen currently serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of MAPFRE U.S.A. Corp., which is the U.S. holding company of MAPFRE S.A. and Massachusetts’ largest private passenger automobile insurance writer, with operations in over 10 other states. An accomplished speaker, Maureen also frequently presents on such topics as pathways to the board service, risk and strategy in the boardroom, leadership, cybersecurity governance and managing mergers.
Maureen also has been active in non-profit organizations, including serving on the Board of Jersey Battered Women’s Service, Inc., and as Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of its CEO Search Committee. She also is a member of the International Boards Committee of DirectWomen (whose mission is to increase the number of women attorneys serving on Boards of Directors) and has been a panelist and advisor at DirectWomen’s annual Board Institute and other events.
A graduate of New York University School of Law, Maureen was editor-in-chief of its Annual Survey of American Law. She received a B.A. in Economics from Fordham University and also attended The London School of Economics.
Legal & Compliance Department Assessment
Annual Capital & Resources Planning
Building High Performance Teams
Business Alignment & Culture Transformation
Compliance & Ethics Programs
Corporate Secretary Function & Governance
Crisis Management Planning
Effective Reporting to CEO & Board
Establishing Performance & Reporting Metrics
Legal & Compliance Structure & Development
Managing Through Mergers & Layoffs
Outside Counsel Management
General Counsel Confidant
Leadership for Women & Diverse Talent
Motivation & Retention of Key Individual Contributors
New Leader and Team Assimilation
Succession Planning, Assessment & Development
Strategic Advisor Development