Ivan Fong


Ivan Fong is Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Policy Officer, and Secretary of the 3M Company, where he oversees all legal, legal policy, compliance, government affairs, and global security matters for the company. Prior to joining 3M in October 2012, Ivan was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to serve as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He was previously Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Cardinal Health, Inc.; Senior Vice President and General Counsel of GE Vendor Financial Services; and GE’s first Chief Privacy Leader and Senior Counsel, Information Technology. Ivan also previously served as Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law, and a partner with the law firm of Covington & Burling. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Abner J. Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ivan is active in his community and currently serves on the boards of Cboe Global Markets, Inc., Equal Justice Works, and American Public Media Group (Minnesota Public Radio). He has been named one of “America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel” by the National Law Journal and is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute. Under Ivan’s leadership, 3M’s legal department was recently named Best Legal Department / Legal Department of the Year by the American Lawyer. He has received, among other honors, the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association; the Justice-in-Action Award from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; a Lifetime Achievement Award from Minnesota Lawyer; the Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; and a Meritorious Public Service Award from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Ivan received a B.C.L. with first class honors from Oxford University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar; a J.D. (with distinction) from Stanford Law School, where he was president of the Stanford Law Review; and an S.B. in chemical engineering and S.M. in chemical engineering practice from MIT, where he was chairman of the editorial board of the student newspaper and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is a registered patent attorney.