Greenville Attorney Elizabeth O. Temple Joins Messer Board of Directors
March 17, 2023
Messer, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Womble Bond Dickinson CEO Elizabeth “Betty” Temple to its Board of Directors. As Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Womble Bond Dickinson, based in Greenville, South Carolina, she’s responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the business to meet the needs of the firm’s clients, talent and communities.
“Messer is focused on growing our people and our customer relationships. Betty has an impeccable record of impact when it comes to geographic expansion, launching innovative services, developing diverse talent and giving back to the community,” said Tim Steigerwald, President and CEO of Messer Construction Co. and Chairman of the Messer, Inc. Board of Directors. “Her guidance will be invaluable as we further advance Messer’s purpose: to build better lives for our customers, communities and each other.”
Temple has been CEO of Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP since 2016, and also serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Womble Bond Dickinson (International) Limited, which oversees more than 1,000 lawyers across the United States and United Kingdom. Prior to her current leadership roles, she was Vice Chair of the Management Committee and Chair of the Public Company Practice Team. For 27 years, she was a practicing Corporate and Securities lawyer, representing Fortune 500 and international companies in mergers and acquisitions, as well as compliance and governance. Through her work, she has been instrumental in building companies within and beyond South Carolina.
Temple leads and implements Womble Bond Dickinson’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy, as well as designed the firm’s first Environmental, Social and Governance strategy and plan for net zero emissions for the U.S. business.
In the community, Temple serves on the Board of Trustees for the Peace Center in downtown Greenville and for Foothills Family Resources, which provides crisis services and manufacturing job training to Upstate families. She has also been part of the Board of Directors of ScanSource since 2017, and has served as outside general counsel to the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District for the past eight years. She is a graduate of University of North Carolina School of Law.