Gail A. Lione

Gail A. Lione

Senior Counsel, Dentons US LLP, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Independent Director, Badger Meter Inc. and Sargento Foods, ESG Center Fellow

Ms. Lione has been a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Sargento Foods since 2006 and now serves on its Compensation Committee; and she has been a member of the Board of Directors of Badger Meter, Inc. (NYSE:BMI) since February 2012, is a member of its Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees, and served as its Lead Director from April 2015 to April 2017. Ms. Lione formerly served as a director of Imperial Sugar Company (NASDAQ:IPSU) and a director of The F. Dohmen Co, a Wisconsin private company in the life science services business. As a current corporate director, she is a member of Women Corporate Directors, Washington DC chapter.

For more than 23 years, Ms. Lione was in the C-suite and served as General Counsel of 3 companies in 3 different industries: global marketing/manufacturing; publishing, printing and digital imaging; and insurance, banking and financial services. In her most recent assignment, she was the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc. until May 2010. She also served as President of The Harley-Davidson Foundation until May of 2011 when she retired from the company. During her almost 14 year career with Harley-Davidson, she was a member of the executive leadership team and also served as Vice President of Human Resources for 2 years. Prior to joining Harley-Davidson, Ms. Lione was General Counsel and Secretary of U.S. News & World Report and its affiliates, The Atlantic Monthly Company, Applied Graphics Technologies, and Applied Printing Technologies. Her first General Counsel position was with Sun Life Group of America in Atlanta, Georgia where she managed the legal and regulatory affairs of 5 insurance companies licensed in 50 states. Ms. Lione started her legal career with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia.

From 2000 to 2010, Ms. Lione served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers and was a Trustee of its Manufacturing Institute from 2002 to 2007. She was also a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA from 1996-1999. In January 2015, she was elected as a member of the American Law Institute.

Ms. Lione is presently a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester and serves on its Audit and Research & Innovation Committees. She is also the founding co-chair of the Global Women's Network for the University. In Washington DC, she is on the Boards of the Abramson Scholarship Foundation, Dog Tag Bakery, Inc. and the International Senior Lawyers Project; and in Milwaukee, she is on the Board of the Milwaukee Art Museum and is an Emeritus member of the Board of Milwaukee Women, Inc. Ms. Lione also served as Chair of the Board of the Community Sports & Entertainment Support, Inc, a support organization for the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, following her service on the board of the Bradley Center (appointed by the Governor) for many years.

Her other professional associations include being a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Ms. Lione recently concluded her terms as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, the Advisory Board of the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Board of Managers of the Law Alumni Society of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the MillerCoors Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Council. From 2017 to June of 2019, she served as the Chair of the Women United Global Leadership Council of United Way Worldwide which represents over 75,000 women.

In October 2017, Ms. Lione was honored by DirectWomen with the Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award for serving with distinction as an independent director of public companies and for
working to advance the value of diversity in board positions. Directors & Boards magazine featured Ms. Lione as a Director to Watch in its 2015 Annual Report and she was listed as a 2019 Most Influential Corporate Board Director by Women Inc. Magazine. Also in 2019, she was featured in Winning the Board Game: How Women Corporate DIrectors Make the Difference, written by Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire.

Ms. Lione is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, intellectual property, and women’s issues. Ms. Lione received her BA degree in Political Science magna cum laude/phi beta kappa from the University
of Rochester and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania.