Beattie is an American lawyer currently serving as Chairman of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, a law firm, a position he has held since May 2004. Beattie has been a partner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP since 1977 and has served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of that firm since 1991.
Beattie is an expert in corporate governance issues, serving as counsel to numerous oards and non-management directors. Beattie also has a distinguished record of public service, including serving as General Counsel of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare during President Carter’s administration and as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State for Reorganization Issues in 1997 during President Clinton’s administration. From 1995 to 1997, Beattie served as President Clinton’s Emissary for Cyprus. Beattie is also a director of Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.