Sherry D. Williams, Esq. is Senior Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance officer for Halliburton, leading the Company’s global compliance function. In this capacity, she also serves as a member of the Legal Management Team, the governing body that determines the function and development of Halliburton’s Global Law Department. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Williams served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary (2007-2010) and Senior Litigation Counsel (2005-2007) for the Company.
Ms. Williams was formerly an attorney with the AmLaw 100 law firm of K&L Gates LLP, where she practiced in the areas of complex commercial litigation, employment, and class-action defense.
Ms. Williams earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1992 and is a 1995 graduate of the University of Miami School of Law. She is a member of the state bars of Florida, New Jersey and New York. Her professional affiliations include The Greater Houston Business Ethics Round Table, the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.
Ms. Williams is currently a director of Houston’s Alley Theatre. She has formerly served on the board of directors of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (2007-2011), Women of Tomorrow (a nonprofit organization that mentors at-risk young women) and the University of Miami Law Alumni Association.
In 2013, OBABL – On Being a Black Lawyer Magazine named Ms. Williams to its “Power 100 List of the 100 Most Powerful Black Lawyers in America”. In 2012 Ms. Williams was named one of Houston’s Most Influential and Powerful Female Attorneys by Women Looking Ahead Magazine. Additionally, ExecRank, the definitive ranking service of leading executives named Ms. Williams number #74 (out of 1500) in its 2012 “Top Chief Compliance Officer Rankings”.
Ms. Williams is a frequent public speaker and panelist on many topics, including compliance, ethics, internal investigations, client management and client development for outside counsel, career management, leadership, and diversity.