WINDY L. LAWRENCE is Chief Compliance Officer, Senior Vice President and Counsel at AXA Distributors, LLC, an affiliate broker-dealer of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (AXA Equitable). She earned her Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law and Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College. Ms. Lawrence is admitted to practice law in New York and is a general securities registered principal.
In her capacity as Chief Compliance Officer, she leads the AXA Distributors Compliance Department, and is primarily responsible for ensuring the continuous compliance by AXA Distributors with all federal and state securities and insurance regulations. Ms. Lawrence also leads the Advertising Compliance Department, which supports AXA Equitable and all of its affiliated broker-dealers. As head of Advertising Compliance, she is responsible for the regulatory and legal review of all corporate public communication, social media, advertising, direct marketing and product training. She also represents AXA Equitable on advertising-related insurance industry efforts and regulatory rule-making initiatives.
Ms. Lawrence joined AXA Equitable's law department in 2004, as counsel in the Corporate, Tax and Investment practice group, specializing in securities regulations, transactional and general corporate matters. Immediately prior to joining AXA Equitable, Ms. Lawrence practiced as a corporate associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, as a member of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets groups.
Ms. Lawrence serves on the advisory board of directors of InMotion, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which provides pro-bono legal services to economically disadvantaged women in the New York City area. Ms. Lawrence is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a 501(c)(6) non-profit leadership organization comprised of senior level African-American executives in Fortune 500 companies.
In 2008, Ms. Lawrence received the 40 Under Forty Achievement Award by The Network Journal, a monthly print and online business magazine for African-American professionals and business owners.