Sabine Chalmers

Senior Advisor

Citizen of the world, Sabine Chalmers offers her clients a global perspective having lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the Americas. She brings incomparable world-class leadership experience from serving as Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI), one of the world’s top five consumer product companies and leading brewer with a portfolio of more than 400 beers and 200,000 employees. While at ABI, Sabine led a 600+ person high-performance team that managed the company’s legal affairs, compliance program, media relations, government affairs and corporate social responsibility initiatives supporting the business. She skillfully navigated the complex issues faced by a company with the breadth of ABI’s operations in 50 countries and the diversity of its employees, vendors and customers.

Among Sabine’s accomplishments was in leading the legal, regulatory and communications teams in the successful acquisition and integration of some of the world’s largest and most complex public company transactions, including:

  • The integration of Interbrew (Belgium) and AmBev (Brazil) to form InBev
  • The $52 billion acquisition of Anheuser-Busch (U.S.), the world’s largest all-cash hostile takeover completed during the financial crisis of 2008
  • The $20 billion acquisition of Grupo Modelo (Mexico), including extensive negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice

Active on a variety of boards, her involvement includes the Audit and Finance Committee for Coty, Inc.; Royal National Theater London; and the Association of Corporate Counsel, the largest not-for-profit professional association serving the business interests of in-house attorneys around the world with more than 43,000 members in 85 countries.

Sabine’s education reflects her global background. She spent her formative years as a student in the Philippines at the International School Manila, went on to graduate from London School of Economics, and received her Solicitor distinction at London’s College of Law. She is on the Board of Advisers at Harvard Law School’s Center for the Legal Profession, where she also received its Legal Profession Award for Excellence in 2016.

Expertise

Legal & Compliance Department Assessment

Building High Performance Teams

Business Alignment & Culture Transformation

Change Management

Compliance & Ethics Programs

Effective Reporting to CEO & Board

Establishing Performance & Reporting Metrics

Legal & Compliance Structure & Development

Managing Through Mergers & Layoffs

On-Boarding Processes for Acquired Companies

Executive Coaching

General Counsel & CCO Confidant

Leadership for Women & Diverse Talent

Motivation & Retention of Key Individual Contributors

New Leader and Team Assimilation

Succession Planning, Assessment & Development

Strategic Advisor Development

Speaking Engagements