Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
Nancy Higgins is Bechtel’s chief ethics & compliance officer, responsible for developing and maintaining Bechtel's global ethics and compliance program, including its international network of ethics and compliance officers.
Prior to joining Bechtel in 2007, Nancy headed the ethics and compliance programs for MCI, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing. Earlier, she practiced law in the Boeing law department, at the Lane Powell firm in Seattle, and at Skadden Arps in New York City.
Nancy is a member and past chair of the Conference Board Global Council on Business Conduct. She has served as chair of the DII Working Group for the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Conduct and Ethics, and been a member of the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association board of directors. She is also a corporate fellow of the Ethics Resource Center Fellows Program and serves on its advisory board.
In 2015, Nancy was awarded the Ethics Resource Center’s 2014 Carol R. Marshall Award for Innovation in Corporate Ethics. Established in 2011 with an endowment from the Northrup Grumman Foundation, the Marshall Award is presented annually by ERC for innovation and leadership in building and enhancing corporate ethics and compliance programs.
Nancy earned her bachelor's degree in Russian history from Western Washington State University in Bellingham, and holds a law degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, an international business school in Fontainebleau, France.