The Honorable Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale is Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Cummins, Inc. (NYSE: CMI), a Fortune 200 global power leader that designs, manufactures, distributes and services a broad portfolio of power solutions, where she serves as an officer on the company’s leadership team and has global oversight and responsibility for the company’s legal matters. Prior to Cummins, Lamb-Hale was a Managing Director at Kroll, head of its Washington, DC office, and a Kroll Institute Fellow. She joined Kroll from Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy consultancy, where she was Senior Vice President.
Lamb-Hale has more than 30 years of executive level experience and a unique viewpoint on global commercial and compliance matters from her extensive service in both the public and private sectors. Lamb-Hale was nominated by the President and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA). In this role, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the industry-facing unit of ITA, serving as the liaison between U.S. industry and the federal government with respect to access to international markets and U.S. policies impacting the competitiveness of U.S. exports. In this role, she also served as the Department’s lead on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) where she represented the interests of business in some of the most significant cases before CFIUS in recent history. In addition, she regularly led business delegations on international trade and trade policy missions during which she negotiated with senior foreign government officials on the elimination of regulatory and legal impediments to trade to create policy environments conducive to free trade and to mitigate market access barriers to U.S. exports.
Prior to serving as Assistant Secretary, Lamb-Hale served by presidential appointment as the Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that role, she was the Chief Operating Officer of the Office of General Counsel and assisted the General Counsel as the legal advisor to the Secretary of Commerce.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Lamb-Hale practiced law in two major law firms in which she specialized in business restructuring and public finance. After practicing as an equity partner with the Michigan based law firm of Dykema Gossett PLLC, where she served as the chair of the bankruptcy practice and as hiring partner, she joined the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP as an equity partner where she continued her counseling of corporate clients in significant business transactions, including out of court restructuring and bankruptcy. In addition to her client work, Lamb-Hale served as the managing partner of Foley & Lardner’s Detroit office where she was responsible for managing operations, new business development and the implementation of the firm’s business strategies and objectives in the Michigan market.
Lamb-Hale earned her A.B. with high honors from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.