Sheila K. Davidson

Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

Sheila Kearney Davidson is executive vice president and chief legal & administrative officer of New York Life Insurance Company. She oversees the Office of the General Counsel, Corporate Compliance, Corporate Communications, Corporate Events, Corporate Responsibility, Human Resources, the Office of the Corporate Secretary, and the Office of Governmental Affairs.

Ms. Davidson joined New York Life in 1991, and she has served in many leadership positions in legal, compliance, and administrative areas. She was appointed to New York Life’s Executive Management Committee in January 2001.

Ms. Davidson is a member of the New York State Bar. She serves on the boards of Fairfield University, Madison Square Park Conservancy, and the Citizens Budget Commission. She is a frequent speaker on legal and compliance best practices and diversity.

In 2018, the New York City Bar Association honored Ms. Davidson with its Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award. In 2016, the National Law Journal named Ms. Davidson one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel, citing her commitment to diversity. She is the founding executive sponsor of The Women’s Initiative, New York Life’s Employee Resource Group that connects and empowers women across the company.

Ms. Davidson graduated cum laude from Fairfield University with a BA. She received her JD from George Washington University.


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