Vanessa Allen Sutherland

by Justin Cates
Vanessa Allen Sutherland
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Phillips 66

Vanessa Allen Sutherland is Executive Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for Phillips 66, a diversified energy company. She has over 25 years of legal experience.

In this role, Vanessa leads and manages the legal department, global compliance, government affairs.

Prior to Phillips 66, Allen Sutherland served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Norfolk Southern Corporation, a major transporter of industrial products.

During her tenure at Norfolk Southern, Allen Sutherland helped lead a review of the company’s safety program, managed government relations initiatives, introduced automation at multiple levels within the law team, and collaborated with industry peers on matters related to short line railroads.

Prior to joining Norfolk Southern, Allen Sutherland was appointed by President Obama to serve as Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board in Washington, D.C.

Previously, she served as Chief Counsel with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; Counsel and Senior Counsel with Philip Morris USA.

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