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Anastasia Kelly

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Co-Managing Partner (Americas), DLA Piper

Anastasia D. Kelly, Co-Managing Partner (Americas) at DLA Piper, is the former Vice Chairman of American International Group (AIG), a role she held until the end of 2009. In this role, she was responsible for the global legal, compliance and regulatory functions, government relations, communications, corporate affairs and human resources. Ms. Kelly joined AIG in September, 2006 as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer. She assumed her additional responsibilities in January, 2009. Prior to AIG, Ms. Kelly was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of MCI/WorldCom, where she served as the Chief Legal Officer in the restructuring of the company from 2003 until its acquisition by Verizon in 2006.

Prior to MCI, Ms. Kelly was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Sears, Roebuck and Co. where she restructured the legal and compliance teams. Before her tenure at Sears, Ms. Kelly served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Fannie Mae. At Fannie Mae, she centralized the company’s legal and compliance function and upgraded the talent across Fannie Mae’s five offices nationwide. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Ms. Kelly was a partner and associate with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer Hale) where her practice spanned several areas of law, including regulation of financial institutions and securities firms and corporate and securities. Ms. Kelly was also associated with Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, of Dallas, where her practice encompassed general and business litigation.

Ms. Kelly received her law degree magna cum laude from George Washington University, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and the George Washington Law Review. She received her undergraduate degree cum laude from Trinity University in Washington, DC. She serves as a director of Owens-Illinois, the world’s largest manufacturer of glass packaging, and Huntington Ingalls Industries, builder of more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder.

Ms. Kelly is on the Advisory Board of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. She is a director and past Co-Chair of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee (WLC), past Chair of Equal Justice Works, and a director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. She is on the Board of the Center for Law, Economics and Finance at George Washington University Law School.