People: Brown & Brown Inc (BRO)
29 Sep 2016
Ms. Chilton D. Varner is the Lead Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Varner has been a member of the law firm of King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia since 1976 and a partner since 1983. A graduate of Smith College, where she was named to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and Emory University School of Law, Ms. Varner was honored with Emory University School of Law’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998. In 2001, the National Law Journal profiled Ms. Varner as one of the nation’s top ten women litigators. With more than 30 years of courtroom experience, she specializes in defending corporations in product liability, commercial and other civil disputes. The author of many books and articles on areas of interest in her practice, she has also served as a member of the faculty of the Trial Academy of the International Association of Defense Counsel and regularly presents at bar association meetings around the country. She was a Trustee of Emory University from 1995 until 2014 and currently continues her services as a Trustee Emeritus. She has also served on the Board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and The Carter Center. She served on the Board of Wesley Woods Geriatric Center from 1996 to 2007. As a practicing attorney and partner of one of the nation’s premier law firms, and a counselor to businesses, their directors and management concerning risk and risk control, Ms. Varner brings a depth of experience and a wealth of unique and valuable perspectives to our Board. She serves on the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee, which she previously chaired, and previously chaired the Compensation Committee and served as our Lead Director.
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