VP, Worldwide, Workplace Health and Safety, Amazon
Heather MacDougall is the Vice President of Worldwide Workplace Health & Safety at Amazon, overseeing workplace health and safety for global operations. Ms. MacDougall is leading Amazon’s charge to relentlessly pursue the highest standards and become Earth’s Safest Place to Work. Ms. MacDougall’s team uses Amazon’s innovation, technology, and data insights to uphold its responsibility to keep each of its employees and partners’ employees safe. Her vision is to synthesize leading health and safety expertise with Amazon’s tech capability and relentless innovation to create new industry benchmarks.
Prior to joining Amazon in April 2019, Ms. MacDougall served as the Chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, where she also served as Commissioner. The Commission is an independent federal agency that provides administrative trial and appellate review and was created to decide contests of citations or penalties resulting from OSHA inspections of American workplaces. She was nominated to the Commission by President Obama and elevated to Chairman by President Trump.
Prior to her appointment to the Commission, Ms. MacDougall had 20 years of experience representing employers throughout the U.S. with regard to matters involving labor, employment, and occupational safety and health law where she held positions with Akerman LLP in West Palm Beach, Florida; Faegre Drinker in Indianapolis, Indiana; and Ogletree Deakins in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Earlier in her career, she was Associate General Counsel to the HR Policy Association, a public policy organization that advocates for the chief human resource officers of major employers. In this role, Ms. MacDougall represented the association as amicus curiae in U.S. Courts of Appeals and Supreme Court cases. Ms. MacDougall received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from Marquette University Law School.