Lydia I. Beebe
Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer
Lydia I. Beebe is corporate secretary and chief governance officer of Chevron Corporation, a position she has held since 1995. She provides advice and counsel to the board of directors and senior management on corporate governance matters and manages the company's corporate governance function. Beebe also serves as secretary to the board, the Executive Committee, and the Board Nominating and Governance Committee.
Previously Beebe was a senior manager and tax counsel in Chevron's Tax Department from 1985 to 1995 and a Washington, D.C., representative from 1981 to 1985.
Throughout her career, Beebe has been active on many public and nonprofit governing boards. In 2003, President George W. Bush appointed her to the board of directors of the Presidio Trust, where she served until 2008. Governor Pete Wilson appointed Beebe to the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission in 1991, where she was chairperson from 1995 through the end of her term in 1999. In recognition of the accomplishments made during her tenure leading the commission, she was honored as a Civil Rights Hero by the state of California.
Beebe has been named Corporate Secretary of the Year by Corporate Secretary magazine and a distinguished alumna by both Golden Gate University and the University of Kansas School of Law. In May 2010, she received the Founder's Award for exceptional business leadership from the Women's Initiative for Self Employment. In 1996, she received the Breakthrough Award from the Professional Business Women of California. In 2012, the San Francisco Business Times inducted her into its "Forever Influential Honor Roll" of the most influential businesswomen in the Bay Area. She is a frequent speaker and panelist on corporate governance topics.
Beebe serves on the governing boards of the National Judicial College, Kansas University Endowment Association, Kansas University Law Alumni, the National Association of Corporate Directors of Northern California and the San Francisco Symphony. She is an advisory board member of both the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance and the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance. She also serves on the board of directors of the Chevron Employees Political Action Committee.
Previously Beebe served on the governing boards of the Council of Institutional Investors, the Professional Business Women of California, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Golden Gate University, and the San Francisco Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee.
Beebe was born in Kansas in 1952. She joined Chevron in 1977 as a contracts attorney. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1974 and a J.D. law degree in 1977, both from the University of Kansas. She earned an M.B.A. in taxation from Golden Gate University in 1980.
Updated: January 2014