IEEE Names Muirhead as Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer
Thursday, September 22, 2022 | Comments

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) announced that Sophia Muirhead will become its executive director and chief operating officer (COO), effective on January 1, 2023.

"Sophia has a proven track record of working in collaboration with the Board of Directors and a deep understanding of our organization," said IEEE President and CEO K. J. Ray Liu. "Her breadth of experience will enhance the board's continuing work to provide a professional home for our members, and to serve the engineering and technology community worldwide."

Since 2019, Muirhead has served as the general counsel and chief compliance officer of IEEE. Prior to joining IEEE, she was the senior vice president, chief legal officer, and corporate secretary at the Conference Board, a global business membership organization. She was the first chief legal officer in the Conference Board's more than 100-year history. Throughout her career, Muirhead also has had operations roles where she established new practice areas and capabilities, found new pathways to growth, and acted as a catalyst in transforming organizations' effectiveness for the future.

"I was attracted to IEEE in 2019 because it is a mission-based organization designed to benefit the public interest, its members, and serve a greater purpose, so I am truly honored and excited to be selected as IEEE's next executive director and COO," Muirhead said. "I am looking forward to collaborating with IEEE's leadership, members, and staff to further IEEE's mission around the world."

Muirhead is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hunter College Foundation, where she serves on the Audit, Pre-Law, and Pre-Business Committees. She received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. magna cum laude in political science from Hunter College.

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