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Sylvia J. Kerrigan is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Marathon Oil Corporation (Marathon), a Fortune 200 global exploration and production company. With more than two decades in the industry, Ms. Kerrigan has extensive experience in corporate strategy, governance, and risk alignment. Her expertise is in responding to complex and challenging regulatory and compliance matters, as well as identifying opportunities for growth and innovation. Ms. Kerrigan also manages the company’s engagement of and relationships with local, state and national government officials, media, shareholders, and key partners.
Ms. Kerrigan is a leader on the executive management team. She has considerable governance responsibility, participating in the Executive Committee that oversees the management and strategic direction of Marathon, evaluates business opportunities, and identifies and manages enterprise-level risks. A trusted advisor toMarathon’s board of directors, she is secretary to the Corporate Governance, Audit and Finance, and Health, Environmental, Safety and Corporate Responsibility Committees as well as the board itself.
Ms. Kerrigan currently serves on the board of directors for public policy organizations such as the American Leadership Forum, the American Petroleum Institute General Committee (Chair), and the United Way Law Initiative (Co-Chair). She serves as a director of Marathon Oil Company, the chief operating subsidiary for Marathon Oil Corporation as well as several other Marathon subsidiaries. Ms. Kerrigan has previously served on the board of directors for various professional organizations, including Chairman for the State Bar of Texas International Law Section and the Center for American and International Law.
Ms. Kerrigan joined Marathon in 1995 and has served in a number of positions at increasing levels of responsibility. She was named Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in 2009, assumed responsibility for compliance and business integrity in 2011, was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2012, and began managing all of the company’s communications and public policy matters in 2014.
In addition to Marathon, Ms. Kerrigan’s experience includes an appointment to the United Nations Security Council's Commission d'Indemnisation in Geneva, Switzerland, where she led the team responsible for evaluating the losses sustained by international companies in the Middle East. She also worked in private practice with energy, construction, manufacturing and transportation clients on complex international, commercial and insurance matters. During law school, she clerked for the Texas Supreme Court.
Ms. Kerrigan is a graduate of Southwestern University and the University of Texas School of Law. She currently serves on the boards of both institutions. She is also on the board of Team, Inc., an S&P 600 industrial services company, where she sits on the Audit and Finance and Corporate Governance Committees.