Senior Vice President
Shirley Westcott is Senior Vice President at Alliance Advisors, where she advises public companies on their corporate governance practices and issues of concern to shareholders. She has been involved in corporate governance since 1994, including at two of the nation’s most influential proxy advisory firms, PROXYGovernance and Institutional Shareholder Services, where she oversaw the development of their proxy voting policies.
Through her years of following governance trends and working with constituents throughout the governance community, Shirley has acquired a keen faculty for understanding and bridging the corporate and investor perspectives on a broad range of issues, including board structures, executive compensation, takeover defenses and regulatory matters. A recognized governance expert, Shirley is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a contributor to articles of major business publications.
Shirley has previously worked in the U.S. intelligence community, management consulting and international development. She holds an M.B.A. in international business and finance from the George Washington University, an M.A. in international affairs from American University, and a B.A. in Spanish from Purdue University.