Rachel Clingman is an experienced business leader known for her creativity and judgment. As Vice President Legal of BHP Billiton, Ms. Clingman has been an executive team member and led a global team with responsibility for strategic commercial matters including acquisitions and divestments; mining and petroleum operations in Latin America and the U.S.; closure of prior uranium and other mines in the U.S. and Canada; risk assessment and mitigation and incident response. Her team achieved best-in-class results on performance in an external survey by The Hackett Group, and two CEOs describe her as “a trusted advisor.”
Before joining BHP, Ms. Clingman led the development of the Houston office of a national law firm into the most diverse and profitable office in the firm; served as an elected member of the executive committee; and published a book on Litigation Management. She was recognized as one of “45 under 45” top women attorneys in Texas and one of the “Top 250 U.S. Female Litigators.” (Benchmark Litigation, 2012).
Ms. Clingman is passionate about inclusion and fair process. She serves on BHP’s global inclusion and diversity council where she helped develop training on unconscious biases, and she has had many speaking engagements in support of effective inclusion and diversity. Ms. Clingman is also an active mentor with non-profit and leadership activities dedicated to helping women, children and minorities. She is a past president of the Women’s Energy Network where her board established a bi-annual fundraiser to benefit Houston non-profits and an annual STEM and college-focused event for women in high school and their parents. She has served the Board and chaired a fundraising event for the Houston Area Women Center and helped establish the Law Initiative Steering Committee for Children at Risk.
Ms. Clingman is a third-generation Texan, a graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas and the very proud mother of a daughter and a son.