Alison A. Quirk

ALISON A. QUIRK is a 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 40 locations on 6 continents.  She also serves as a Sr. Advisor at Weber Shandwick, a global communications and engagement firm; an operating company within The Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG).  Alison 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 team of more than five hundred people globally.  Over the course of her career, she led major organizational transformations and merger and integration initiatives.  Known as a businessperson first, she 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. Throughout her career Quirk has developed a reputation as a confidant, coach and advisor to C-suite executives.  As an effective public speaker, she was a lead company spokesperson and 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. Quirk started her career at Boston Financial Data Services, where she later served as a director, then moved to Liberty Financial Companies and FleetBoston Financial before joining State Street Corp.  She graduated with honors for the University of New Hampshire and currently serves as vice chair and member of the executive committee of Boston Ballet.  She was a founding member of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, appointed by the Mayor of Boston to develop solutions around gender pay equity.  Quirk has also been recognized by numerous organizations including Women’s Political Caucus, Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, Working Mother Magazine and the Diversity Journal.

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