Elaine E. Whitbeck was senior vice president, general counsel for Alcon, a division of Novartis. Ms. Whitbeck joined Alcon in 1986 and was responsible for all Alcon legal matters, including those pertaining to securities, intellectual property and patents, acquisition and divestiture transactions, employment issues, litigation, transactional matters, environmental law, real estate/construction, computer/internet issues, regulatory concerns (FDA, FTC, PDMA, OSHA), antitrust issues, benefits, banking/treasury, contract administration and records management. Ms. Whitbeck was also elected to the Supervisory Board of WaveLight AG in March 2008 and retired from Alcon in 2012.
Ms. Whitbeck received a Bachelor of Arts, Highest Distinction, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Echols Scholar, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. She completed the Harvard Business School’s Program for Management and Development in 1993.
Ms. Whitbeck served as the statewide president for the Texas General Counsel Forum in 2002 and 2003 and continues to serve on the statewide board. She also served on the Advisory Board for the SMU Corporate Counsel Symposium, was a 2004 Honoree for the YWCA’s Tribute to Women in Business and was honored with a Women of Influence Award for the “2005 Great Women of Texas Event” by the Fort Worth Business Press. Ms. Whitbeck was a board member of Prevent Blindness America – Texas Chapter from 2004-2008 and the Lena Pope Home (child protection and adoption). Ms. Whitbeck is a former board member of ORBIS International (the “Flying Eye Hospital”). Ms. Whitbeck received the Dedman Ethics and Law Award in 2009, was elected as one of the Power Attorneys of Fort Worth in 2011, and was recognized as outstanding General Counsel in 2011 by the ACC and DCEO Corporate Counsel awards.