Wanda K. Denson-Low is senior vice president of the Office of Internal Governance (OIG) for The Boeing Company, the world's leading aerospace company. A member of the company's executive council, Denson-Low was named to her current position in May 2007. She is responsible for the advancement and effective implementation of the company's internal governance policies and plans. She has management oversight for Corporate Audit; Ethics and Business Conduct; and, Global Trade Controls, which includes all import and export activities. She also has responsibility for all other related regulatory and compliance matters. As an integrated compliance organization, OIG is uniquely positioned to enhance the company's activities in gathering and analyzing compliance related data to enable early detection of potential issues and proactive strategies to mitigate future risks. Formed in 2003, OIG's mission is to maintain a comprehensive risk management system that supports a compliant, accountable and transparent environment, enabling Boeing to remain responsive and competitive in the rapidly changing global marketplace.
Previously, Denson-Low served as the company's vice president and assistant general counsel with responsibility for leading the legal staff for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), the company's defense and space unit, and its Phantom Works organization. Prior to that position, Denson-Low was the vice president of human resources for IDS and was responsible for the successful implementation of employee policies, strategies, and processes for the IDS workforce.
With more than 30 years of experience in corporate law, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, data rights, government contracts, and intellectual property law, Denson-Low has a distinguished professional career that began in 1981 as a patent attorney at Union Carbide Corporation. She joined the $16 billion Hughes Aircraft Company in 1985 and in 1989 was named Hughes' chief patent counsel, making her the first minority woman chief patent counsel of a Fortune 500 company. Denson-Low became a member of the Boeing legal team in October 2000, as part of the Boeing acquisition of Hughes Space and Communications, where she had risen to the position of general counsel for the $3.5 billion company.
As an active community leader, Denson-Low is currently a member of the board of trustees for the Windward School in Los Angeles, and for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. She also serves on the board of directors for the National YMCA. Her professional and business affiliations include the Los Angeles County Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Corporate Counsel Association, Black Women Lawyers Association and the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association.
Her extensive list of professional achievements and awards include receiving the 2011 Pioneer Award from Black Engineer of the Year, the National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans and the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund Award, which recognized her as one of the thirty most powerful women in business in 2001. In 2000, she was awarded the Silver Anniversary Award from the Los Angeles Black Women Lawyers' Association for her invaluable contributions to the community.
Denson-Low earned her juris doctor from Brooklyn Law School and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is admitted to practice law in California and Connecticut. Denson-Low is married and has two children.