Corporate Council Leadership

The Meridian Corporate Council is the premier commercial diplomacy forum in Washington, D.C. that provides a platform for exchange, dialogue and networking among diplomatic, government and corporate leaders to discuss key global issues. Its members represent major Fortune 500 corporations that are leaders in corporate social responsibility and international initiatives. For more information on the council, visit our main page.

Executive Committee

Name Title
Leila Afas Group Manager, Global Policy @ Toyota
Ruben Duran Director, Global Public Policy - International Government Affairs (China) @ Merck
Jason Grove Divisional Vice President – International Government Affairs @ Abbott Laboratories
Robert Kapla Partner @ Squire Patton Boggs
Karim Lesina Executive Vice President, Chief External Affairs Officer @ Millicom
Lance Mangum Staff Vice President for Government Affairs @ FedEx Corporation
Steve Morrissey Vice President – Regulatory and Policy @ United Airlines
Anne Brady Perron Director, Institutional Relations @ Temasek
John Phipps Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Asia Pacific, South Asia and Latin America @ S&P Global
Kristin Solheim Director @ CITI
Principal Members
Name Title
Gina Adams Senior Vice President for Government and Regulatory Affairs @ FedEx
Leila Afas Group Manager, Global Policy @ Toyota
Michael Allen Managing Director @ Beacon Global Strategies
Flavia Alves Head of International Institutions and Relations @ Facebook
Tiffany Atwell Leader, Global Government and Industry Affairs @ Corteva
Kate Beale Associate Vice President @ PhRMA
Ben Belton Director of Global Partner Engagement @ AARP
Leah Campos Senior Strategic Adviser - Latin America @ SAS Institute
Samantha Carl-Yoder Director, Marketing and International Affairs @ Tellurian
Jim Carter Vice President of Government Affairs @ Emerson
Michaela Chen Vice President, International Government Affairs @ Boston Scientific
Joe Daly Senior Partner @ Gallup
John R. Dashwood Vice President of International Government Relations @ Exxon Mobil Corporation
Larry Di Rita Greater Washington D.C. Market President @ Bank of America
Ruben Duran Director, Global Public Policy - International Government Affairs (China) @ Merck
Sahra English Vice President of Global Public Policy @ Mastercard
Barry Featherman Executive Director for Government Affairs @ Gilead
Andrew C. Florance Founder and CEO @ CoStar Group, Inc.
Jason Grove Divisional Vice President – International Government Affairs @ Abbott Laboratories
Tom Higgins Executive Vice President, Head of General Services @ Fiserv
Fred Humphries Corporate Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs @ Microsoft
Robert Kapla Partner @ Squire Patton Boggs
Kris Karafa Founder and COO @ Gen X Energy
Scott Kicker Founder and CEO @ Gen X Energy
Brad Knox Senior Vice President & Counsel, Federal Relations @ Aflac Incorporated
Karen Knutson Vice President and General Manager, Government Affairs @ Chevron
DeDe Lea Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Relations @ ViacomCBS
Chris Leahy Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs and Chief Public Policy Officer @ Intuit
Karim Lesina Executive Vice President, Chief External Affairs Officer @ Millicom
Ambassador Mark Lippert Vice President @ Boeing
Eric H. Loeb Executive Vice President, Government Affairs @ Salesforce
Caitlin McDonnell Director, Global Government Relations @ Visa
Erin L. McGrain Senior Vice President @ SK Group
Alex Mistri Vice President, Government & External Affairs @ Hess Corporation
Steve Morrissey Vice President – Regulatory and Policy @ United Airlines
Jim O'Malley Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations @ Brown-Forman
Missy Owens Director, Government Relations, Federal & Diplomatic @ Coca-Cola
Ann-Marie N. Padgett Government Affairs Manager @ Caterpillar Inc.
Anne Brady Perron Director, Institutional Relations @ Temasek
Justin Peterson Managing Partner @ DCI Group
John Phipps Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Asia Pacific, South Asia and Latin America @ S&P Global
Shellie Purvis Senior Vice President @ Cogent Strategies
Molly Ryan Head of Government Affairs and Advocacy @ Otsuka
The Honorable Robert M. Scher Head of International Affairs @ BP America
Pierce Scranton Managing Director @ Temasek
J.B. Simko Vice President of External Affairs @ PMI
Prosser Stirling Senior Director, International Relations, Government Affairs @ Oracle
Ria Strasser-Galvis Europe Lead, International Government Affairs @ Google
Phil Tahtakran Head of Federal Government Affairs @ Comcast / NBCU
Omar Vargas Global Head of Government Affairs @ 3M
Philip Vaughn Executive Director, International Government Relations @ Fluor Corporation
Heather Wingate Senior Vice President – Government Affairs @ Delta Air Lines
Candi Wolff Managing Director and Head of Global Government Affairs @ Citi
Van Yeutter Vice President @ Cargill