Christina Lai, Vice President for Corporate Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary at Applied Materials

 Christina Lai, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Christina Lai, Advancing Women Executives Leader.

Christina Lai is a transformative executive with over 20 years of experience sharing her legal wisdom. Her commitment to connection and collaboration drives her approach to problem-solving and creates an environment in which business partners, cross-functional team members, and stakeholders feel comfortable and empowered to seek key legal advice. Christina is passionate about continuous learning, coaching and mentoring others, and building best-in-class teams.

Currently, she is Vice President for Corporate Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary at Applied Materials, which she joined in 2014. In her role, she’s a trusted advisor to the company’s Board of Directors and the executive leadership team with respect to securities, corporate governance, and executive compensation matters. She and her team also support the company’s corporate communications, investor relations, corporate finance transactions, executive compensation, and equity and benefit programs. In March of 2018, she was appointed Corporate Secretary.

Prior to joining Applied, Christina was at Yahoo, where she built the corporate and securities legal function as the company matured and scaled from 3,000 to over 14,000 employees. She held a variety of corporate governance and securities roles in her 11 years at the company, most recently serving as the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel of Corporate Governance and Assistant Secretary. Prior to starting her in-house legal career, she was a Senior Associate with Latham and Watkins in Menlo Park, where she handled securities, governance, M&A, capital markets, and emerging and public company matters.

Christina’s impact reaches beyond the walls of her office. She serves on the Governance Advisory Committee of the Board of Directors of El Camino Hospital, a nonprofit organization with hospital campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos. Additionally, she teaches classes about social media and cyber-bullying to junior high and high school students as part of a local pro bono program and is an active member of Advancing Women Executives -- an organization aimed at accelerating the careers of women in business to improve the global economy. Christina was recognized as one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology” by the California Diversity Council in 2017 and 2018.

Christina received her bachelor’s degree in international relations, with honors, from Stanford University and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where she was a Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif.

When she is not in the office, she can be found practicing tai chi, enjoying outdoor activities with her family, and training their Bernedoodle puppy. Christina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Chris Vickers Tucker, Vice President and General Manager, Professional Products Division at The Clorox Company

 Chris Vickers Tucker, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Chris Vickers Tucker, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Chris Vickers Tucker is the Vice President and General Manager, Professional Products Division at The Clorox Company.  Clorox is a global consumer products company that markets many of the best-known retail brands, including the namesake bleach and cleaning products, Burt’s Bees® natural personal care products, Brita® water-filtration products, and Glad® bags, wraps and containers.

As General Manager of the Professional Products Division, Chris is responsible for driving Business to Business growth across the healthcare, janitorial, food service and B2B eCommerce segments. She is accountable for a diverse portfolio that includes EPA and FDA regulated products, capital equipment sales, three manufacturing locations and a dedicated +100 strong direct sales force that is focused on the acute care segment of Healthcare.  As Clorox is primarily a retail consumer focused company, there are limited operating synergies with the business to business focused Professional Product Division. The unique opportunity this challenge creates enables Chris to leverage her proven entrepreneurial and autonomous management skills to lead one of the highest growth Divisions in the Clorox portfolio.

Chris joined Clorox in 1995 and has held various leadership positions across the marketing and sales functions.  Most recently Chris served as the President and General Manager of the Clorox Company of Canada. During her tenure in Canada, Chris demonstrated her strong business and management acumen to lead the Canadian organization to deliver two years of sales, profit, and market share growth which was a reversal of a five year trend.  Prior to joining Clorox, Chris began her career at The Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, NY in operations and systems management.

Chris holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s degree from Colgate University.  Chris lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two elementary school aged children and spends most weekends as a soccer/swim team mom.

Carol Britton, Managing Director and Chief Procurement & Real Estate Officer at BNY Mellon

 Carol Britton, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Carol Britton, Advancing Women Executives Leader

Carol Britton is the Managing Director and Chief Procurement & Real Estate Officer at BNY Mellon. She is responsible for improving costs to maximize shareholder value. She accomplishes this goal by developing and guiding strategies to strengthen processes and drive efficiencies for expenditures across all addressable expense categories, a global real estate portfolio of 230 locations and the company’s finance operations.

She joined BNY Mellon in 2011 as the Chief Procurement Officer. Her role was subsequently expanded in 2013 to include all real estate activities and, in 2015, finance operations. Prior to her appointment at BNY Mellon, she served as Senior Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer for Regions Financial.

Carol serves on the Corporate Operating Committee, the Executive Committee of BNY Mellon’s Women’s Initiatives Network and the University of Pittsburgh Advisory Board for The Center for Supply Chain Management and the Sourcing Executive Council for HFS Research. Carol has written and presented works at various venues, such as Sourcing Interest Group Global Summits, the Procurement Leaders Next Decade Series and select roundtables of various industries.

She has a Master of Arts from Central Michigan University and earned her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University.