Andy HendryAndrew D. Hendry retired in 2015 as the Vice Chairman of Colgate Palmolive Company, a $17 plus billion global consumer products company headquartered in New York City. Andy led Colgate’s global legal organization of approximately 250 professionals for more than 24 years as the Company’s Chief Legal Officer and Secretary.

Andy was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in the New York City suburbs, largely in a single parent family when his father became chronically ill. He is married and has one adult son.
After graduating from Georgetown University (where he has served on the Dean’s Advisory Board) and New York University Law School, Andy began his legal career as a corporate associate at Battle & Fowler in New York City. He also served as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force. He moved to the business world when he joined Reynolds Metals Company as a corporate attorney, which led to his appointment as the Associate General Counsel, Corporate Law, for Burroughs Corporation. At Burroughs, Andy progressed through positions of increasing responsibility playing a key role in the acquisition of the Sperry Corporation by Burroughs, forming Unisys Corporation which was then one of the largest computer companies in the world. Shortly after the merger, Andy was elected Vice President and General Counsel of Unisys, a position he held until joining Colgate.

Andy has a proven record of commitment to human rights and equal justice. In law school, he was one of the early editors of the Review of Law & Social Change. He was a Director and Trustee of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law, and received in 2013 its prestigious Segal-Tweed Founders Award and in 2015 its Beacon of Justice Award. Earlier in his career, Andy served as Chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the American Corporate Counsel Association and received its Pro Bono Service Award for Outstanding Achievement. Andy was also a Director and Corporate Advisory Committee Chair of the National Legal Aid and Defender’s Association, receiving the Association’s Award for Commitment and Service to Equal Justice in 1999. He has also served as a Director of Just Say No International and the American Bar Association’s Committee on Substance Abuse.

Andy has been a leader of the legal community throughout his career. He is currently serving on the Development Committee for the American Law Institute and is an advisor to its Compliance Project, having served as a Co-Chair of the 1990 ALI Life Member Class. He is a member of the Berger Society of the National Center for State Courts, a recognition of his many years of service on its Corporate Advisory Board. Earlier in his career, Andy served as Chair of the ABA’s General Counsel Committee and was the founding President of the American Corporate Counsel Association’s Michigan Chapter and a Director of ACCA’s New York and DELVACCA Chapters. Andy is a member of the National Veterans Legal Services Program Honorary Chair Committee.
Andy has lectured numerous times for such organizations as New York University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Ireland at Galway and PLI.

Andy has more than 40 years of experience as a lawyer, corporate officer and business executive. Andy believes deeply that American business, as the driver of our economy and the provider of opportunity, must rededicate itself to the promotion of economic justice and equal opportunity. He believes that only through this dedication can America provide a just society, creating the opportunities all Americans deserve.