Wanda Denson-Low is corporate senior vice president and member of the Executive Council for The Boeing Company, the world's leading aerospace company. In February, Denson-Low announced her plans to retire from the company in June 2014 after leading the Office of Internal Governance since 2007.
Previously, Denson-Low served as the company's vice president and assistant general counsel for Boeing's defense and space businesses and Phantom Works. Prior to that position, Denson-Low was vice president of human resources, where she was responsible for implementation of employee policies, strategies, and processes for the defense and space unit's workforce.
Denson-Low began her distinguished professional career in 1981 as a patent attorney at Union Carbide Corporation. She joined the $16 billion Hughes Aircraft Company in 1985 and in 1989 was named Hughes' chief patent counsel, making her the first minority woman chief patent counsel of a Fortune 500 company. Denson-Low became a member of the Boeing legal team in October 2000, as part of the Boeing acquisition of Hughes Space and Communications, where she had risen to the position of general counsel for the $3.5 billion company.
As an active community leader, Denson-Low is currently a member of the board of trustees for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Her professional and business affiliations include the Los Angeles County Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Corporate Counsel Association, Black Women Lawyers Association and the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association.
Her extensive list of professional achievements and awards include receiving the 2011 Pioneer Award from Black Engineer of the Year, the National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans, and the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund Award, which recognized her as one of the 30 most powerful women in business in 2001. In 2000, she was awarded the Silver Anniversary Award from the Los Angeles Black Women Lawyers' Association for her invaluable contributions to the community.
Denson-Low earned her juris doctor from Brooklyn Law School and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is admitted to practice law in California and Connecticut. Denson-Low is married and has two children.