Janet Langford Carrig
ConocoPhillips | Former Senior Vice President, Legal, GC, & Corporate Secretary
Janet Carrig served as Senior Vice President, Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of ConocoPhillips from August 2007 through September 2018. She is an experienced executive who has worked extensively in both the energy and consumer products industries, and managed every staff function except finance.
As General Counsel, Carrig had oversight of the company’s extensive litigation and arbitration portfolio, which includes a pending multi-billion dollar claims against the government of Venezuela, a $2 billion award against Petroleos de Venezuela and a net $360 million award against the Republic of Ecuador. She also oversaw the legal support for mergers and acquisitions, capital markets activity, commodity marketing, treasury, securities, human resources, compliance and ethics, and the security department. She has negotiated over $100 billion of transactions during her tenure with the company.
Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, she was a partner at Zelle, Hoffman, Voelbel, Mason and Gette. She also previously served as Kmart Corporation’s senior vice president, chief administrative officer and chief compliance officer, as Kellogg Company’s executive vice president of corporate development and administration, general counsel and corporate secretary, and as Sara Lee Corporation’s senior vice president, secretary and general counsel. She began her career as a law clerk on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and was thereafter an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and a partner at Sidley & Austin. She also previously taught mergers & acquisitions as an adjunct professor at the Northwestern University School of Law and served as a Commissioner of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession.
She serves as a trustee for the Columbia Threadneedle Funds, as the Chair of the Houston Grand Opera Board and as a member of the Houston Grand Opera Endowment Board, where she is the Chair Emeritus. She also serves on the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors Texas TriCities Chapter.
She previously served on the board of United Airlines, which she resigned to join ConocoPhillips, as well as on the boards of Grinnell College, The Joffrey Ballet, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Yellowstone Park Foundation and on the New York Stock Exchange’s Legal Advisory Committee.
Ms. Carrig’s contributions have been recognized with numerous honors and awards throughout her career, including the National Law Journal’s 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America, the Burton Awards Legends in the Law, the Houston Business Journal Women in Energy – Women in Leadership, and Crain’s Chicago Business’ 40 Under 40.
Carrig received a bachelor’s degree in history, with honors, from Grinnell College and a juris doctorate from Yale University.