Debra Phillips serves as senior vice president of Global Industry Services (GIS), which is responsible for certification, standards-setting, training, events, publications and safety programs for onshore, offshore and refinery operations.
Leading a team of more than 100 safety and engineering professionals in Beijing, Dubai, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, Houston, and Washington, D.C., Ms. Phillips oversees the natural gas and oil industry’s standards development and suite of programs that enable the industry to innovate and manufacture superior products consistently, provide critical services, ensure fairness in the marketplace for businesses and consumers alike, and promote the acceptance of world-class products and practices globally.
Prior to joining API, Phillips served on the leadership team at the American Chemistry Council for nearly two decades. Phillips managed the chemical industry’s Responsible Care® initiative—the global environmental, health, safety, and security performance program operated in more than 60 countries worldwide. In recent years, she was the catalyst behind the chemical industry’s sustainability strategy, developed through her leadership of a CEO Taskforce established in 2016. She also initiated ACC’s value chain outreach initiative in 2013, leading to strategic relationships with members of the chemicals value chain to advance science and sustainability-based decision-making surrounding chemical selection and use in retail, building and construction and other consumer product applications.
Phillips has served as the global Secretariat for the International Council of Chemical Association’s Responsible Care Leadership Group, which sets and carries out the programmatic direction of the global initiative. Phillips previously worked as an environment, health, and safety professional in both the chemical and pulp and paper industries. She holds a master’s degree in environmental toxicology from Duke University and an undergraduate degree in biology from Albright College. Debra lives in Virginia with her husband and their four children.