New Canaan, Conn. (VLS trustee since 2007)
William B. Lytton is Senior Counsel at Dechert LLP. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Tyco International Ltd., from 2002 to his retirement in 2007. In addition to serving as chief compliance officer and leading the global law department of almost 200 lawyers, he had responsibility for the Corporate Secretary's office, the Environment, Health and Safety organization, the Public Affairs group and the Global Security team.
Lytton joined Tyco in September 2002 after serving as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for International Paper - the world's largest forest-products company - where he was responsible for all legal and compliance matters affecting the corporation.
Lytton came to International Paper in 1996 from Lockheed Martin Corp., where he was the Vice President and Associate General Counsel for the Electronics Sector. Prior to this, he served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Business Operations and International Law at Martin Marietta. He joined Martin Marietta as part of a merger with General Electric (GE) Aerospace, where he served as Vice President and General Counsel beginning in 1989.
Lytton joined GE Aerospace from the Philadelphia law firm of Kohn, Savett, Klein and Graf, P.C., where he was a trial lawyer handling a variety of criminal and civil matters. While at the law firm, he served as staff director and chief counsel in 1985 for the Philadelphia Special Investigations (MOVE) Commission, and led the questioning of witnesses during five weeks of televised hearings.
In 1987, he left his law firm for a six-month assignment as Deputy Special Counselor to President Ronald Reagan. In that position, he coordinated the White House response to the congressional inquiries and independents counsel's investigation of the Iran-Contra matter. Upon his return to the law firm, he continued as a consultant to the President throughout the Reagan Administration. He also served as special counsel to President George H.W. Bush on issues relating to the Iran-Contra matter.
From 1978 to 1983, Lytton was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), serving as Chief of the Criminal Division and later as First Assistant U.S. Attorney. Prior to that assignment, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago) from 1975 to 1978.
He also served on the staff of U.S. Charles H. Percy from 1972 to 1975. While living in Easttown Township, Pennsylvania, in the late 1970s and the 1980s, he served in municipal government for almost ten years, as a member of the Zoning Board, the Planning Commission, and then spent six years on the Board of Supervisors. While on that Board, he served as its Chairman for one year as part of a rotating cycle among Board Members. He was also a Republican Committeeman in Easttown Township. He was a frequent panelist on "Inside Edition", broadcast on the local ABC TV affiliate on Sunday mornings in the Philadelphia area in the late 1980s.
Lytton served as the chairman of the board of directors of the American Corporate Counsel Association in 2002. He serves on the board of the Pro Bono Partnership and the Board of Trustees of Vermont Law School. He is an emeritus member of the Association of General Counsel He also has served as a member of the U.S. China Business Council.
In 1998, he received the Excellence in Corporate Practice Award. He is a member of the Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut bars.
Lytton holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from American University.