Alison A. Quirk
ALISON A. QUIRK is a former member of the board of directors of Legg Mason Global Asset Management (NYSE:LM), a diversified asset management firm with $3B in annual revenue, $750B in assets under management and 3,300 employees in forty locations on six continents. She served as Chair of the Compensation Committee, member of the Finance and Nominating / Governance Committees and a Special Committee member that provided governance oversight to the sale of Legg Mason to Franklin Templeton. Alison also serves as a senior advisor at United Minds, a consultancy within Weber Shandwick. Quirk spent the first thirty years of her career in the financial services industry. She retired from State Street Corporation, where she worked for fifteen years, the last seven as a member of the management committee, the company’s senior-most strategy and policy making group. Known as a skilled and collaborative problem solver, she worked closely with State Street’s board of directors during times of significant change following the financial crisis. As chief human resources and citizenship officer, she was responsible for all aspects of global human resources and corporate citizenship company- wide, leading a global team of more than five hundred people. Known as a businessperson first, Quirk has a passion for developing and evolving talent management systems, with a strong focus on engagement and inclusion, in support of the company’s strategy. As an effective public speaker, she was a lead company spokesperson, and she was a regular contributor of thought leadership to publications including The Huffington Post where she had a regular column. In 2012, she was one of twelve State Street employees selected to deliver a TEDTalk.