Paulette Dodson is an experienced strategic, legal and operational executive with over 30 years of experience as a trusted advisor to CEOs and boards of directors of Fortune 500 and large privately held companies. As general counsel at Alight Solutions, Paulette provides strategic advice and legal expertise on matters related to board governance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate compliance.
Before joining Alight, Paulette was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of PetSmart, Inc. During her time at PetSmart she helped lead the board and company through leadership changes and a leveraged buyout. Paulette also served in various roles at Sara Lee Corporation, including general counsel and corporate secretary, and chief counsel for North America.
Paulette also enjoyed a 14-year career at Tribune Company where she was assistant general counsel of publishing, responsible for managing legal affairs for the operating units of the publishing business across the U.S., as well as general counsel to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine and the Daily Press in Virginia.
Paulette is on the board of Mather Lifeways, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating senior residences and other ventures related to aging well. Recently, Paulette also served on the Board of Trustees of Phoenix Country Day School, a college preparatory school in Arizona where she was the chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Executive and Finance Committees.
Paulette holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in urban legal studies from City College of New York and a Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School.