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Frances Phillips Taft

Frances Phillips Taft

Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE)
Executive Counsel, Global Labor & Employment Leader
Billerica, MA, USA


Fran Phillips Taft, is Executive Counsel for Baker Hughes, a GE company.

Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) is an international industrial service company and one of the world's largest oil field services companies.  BHGE is headquartered in Houston, Texas and employs more than 61,000 employees worldwide and has operations in more than 120 +countries providing the oil and gas industry with products and services for oil drilling, formation evaluation, completion, production and reservoir consulting.

At BHGE, Fran is the Company’s global employment and labour counsel with primary responsibility for data privacy compliance and labor and employment matters pending in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. Fran is responsible for providing strategic and legal guidance to the global human resources team and business leaders and for developing L&E strategy, driving HR compliance, data privacy compliance, anticipating new social legislation/key risks for the business as well as managing global employee relations, L&E litigation and supporting M&A transactions.

Fran is a dual qualified attorney (US/UK) and has over 20+ years of experience in United States and international employment law as in-house counsel and in private practice. Prior to joining BHGE, she worked in Florence, Italy as Global Labor and Employment Counsel for GE Oil & Gas; and for several years she was a Senior Associate with the UK law firm Hammonds in London, UK and implemented Hammonds’ International Benefits Practice.  Fran was also in- house Benefits Counsel with McKinsey & Company, Inc.  in New York.  In addition, she was an environmental toxic tort litigator of the law firm Luce Forward Hamilton and Scripps, LLP.

Fran is a frequent speaker on global labor and employment, ethics and compliance and data privacy issues. She has also written several articles on labor and employment and international pension and employee benefits and has contributed to several textbooks and publications.

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