Elizabeth Matthews is a proven executive leader, businesswoman, and strategist in legal, ethics/compliance, human resources, and governance. She has significant expertise working in an international/cross-cultural setting. She currently serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Head of Government Affairs, and Corporate Secretary for Bristow Group. Publicly traded on the NYSE, Bristow Group is a global leader in vertical flight solutions offering helicopter offshore energy transportation and search and rescue services to civil and government organizations worldwide. Ms. Matthews is a member of the executive team of Bristow Group and is responsible for the company’s legal, compliance, and government affairs functions.
Prior to joining the company, Ms. Matthews worked for over 9 years as Deputy US Managing Director and Executive Vice-President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for French energy major TotalEnergies, SE’s (TotalEnergies) companies in the United States. Ms. Matthews was a member of the executive team of TotalEnergies’ US affiliate and was responsible for legal support to the company’s US businesses, including renewable energy (such as wind, solar and biofuels), batteries, and the exploration and production, trading and shipping, and refining and marketing of oil and gas. Ms. Matthews also (along with the Country Chair) coordinated US-wide shared services functions such as security, communications, and IT.
Ms. Matthews worked for over 11 years at Chevron, including for Chevron’s Downstream and Upstream businesses, as well as for the corporate headquarters. She served in a general counsel role for Chevron’s Energy Technology Company. Early in her career, Ms. Matthews worked at nationally known law firms in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, she supported companies including the National Football League, Starbucks, and Home Depot with advice on labor and employment/human resources matters. She also clerked for a federal district court judge in Philadelphia. She is a cum laude graduate of Yale University and received her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1995.
Ms. Matthews has experience leading significant non-profit boards. She currently serves on the Board of the World Affairs Council of Houston, the American Hospital of Paris Foundation, the Advisory Board of the Houston Women’s Energy Network, and the Board of the Texas General Counsel Forum. She is past President and former Board member of the Women’s Energy Network and National Charity League (Texas Sage Chapter). She also is a former member of the Board of the Harvard Law School Association of Houston and the Board Facilities Committee of St. John’s School.