Patricia Whaley
Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Zurn Water Solutions
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
phone 414-223-1611
With over 30 years of global manufacturing experience, Patricia Whaley is a proven leader on the executive team of Rexnord Corporation (NYSE: RXN), a multi-platform industrial company that serves diverse global markets. As the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Rexnord, Ms. Whaley has provided strategic guidance and leadership in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, risk management, executive compensation, global operations, complex commercial and financing transactions, as well as a broad range of legal, regulatory and trade matters.

Board Profile

Ms. Whaley's demonstrated leadership, strategic insight and business acumen as an executive leader and legal counsel of a global manufacturing publicly traded company make her particularly suited to serve on the board of either a public or private company. Her extensive experience in the areas of strategic planning, global operations, risk assessment and management, corporate governance, executive compensation, equity programs, data privacy and cyber security will allow her to make valuable contributions as a director and committee member. Ms. Whaley regularly presents to Rexnord's Board and its Audit, Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees on topics including enterprise risk management, data privacy, corporate governance, litigation and international trade matters.

Board Experience

Ms. Whaley has held positions with various non-profit organizations including United Community Center, Rexnord Foundation, Advocates for Education Inc, and Milwaukee Women Inc.

United Community Center –  Director and Member of Fund Development Committee; 2012 – present

Milwaukee Women Inc. – Steering Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee member; 2013 – present

Rexnord Foundation – Director; 2012 – present

Advocates for Education –  Program Committee Co-Chair; 2009 –  2012

Ms. Whaley also participates at all of Rexnord Corporation’s board and committee meetings and also serves as a director for numerous global subsidiaries of Rexnord Corporation.

Professional Summary

Ms. Whaley has been the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Rexnord Corporation since 2012.  In that position, she is responsible for all legal, corporate governance and compliance affairs including foreign and domestic mergers and acquisition, securities, commercial transactions, international trade, intellectual property, real estate, labor and other global legal strategies.  She also serves as the Chair of Rexnord’s Benefits and Enterprise Risk Management Committees.

Prior to that, she held various corporate legal positions with Rexnord Corporation, Invensys plc and BTR Inc.  Her legal career began as a litigation associate at the law firm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen and Dixon in Chicago, Illinois.

Ms. Whaley received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Recognition & Awards

Recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal – Top Corporate Counsel-Community Champion award in 2013


Ms. Whaley is the executive sponsor of Rexnord's charitable giving and volunteerism program and enjoys participating in volunteer activities in the Milwaukee community.



Functional Expertise

Human ResourcesLegalOperations

Business Accomplishments

  • Member of executive team involved in developing and implementing corporate strategic plans
  • Key leader of successful transition of Rexnord from private to public company
  • Responsible for implementing and overseeing all corporate governance, regulatory and secretarial functions for public company, as well as approximately 100 foreign and domestic entities, ensuring compliance with SEC, NYSE, SOX and local requirements
  • Implemented public company equity program; deep knowledge of various equity vehicles, executive compensation, change of control and retention arrangements
  • Completed over 15 international acquisitions, divestitures and mergers, the largest of which was the acquisition of Zurn Industries, Inc. for approximately $942 million
  • Chief compliance officer responsible for implementation and oversight of code of conduct, ethics hotline and global training for company with approximately 7,400 employees in over 100 locations
  • Chair of Benefits Committee (2010 to present) responsible for overseeing pension and 401K assets
  • Successfully resolved significant asbestos, environmental, insurance coverage, intellectual property, antitrust and complex class action litigation
  • Managed complex legal, regulatory and diligence matters related to numerous refinancing arrangements and tender offers
  • Effectively managed risk, insurance coverage and legal issues associated with fatal propane explosion at manufacturing facility
  • Managed numerous reductions in force, plant closings and other domestic and international employment matters