Lawrence L. Watts

Mr. Watts is Executive Director of The Association of Professional Arbitrators and Mediators and was a founder of the Mediation and Arbitration company Perry, Watts and Associates. Larry spent over twenty-five years with a Fortune 500 corporation, attaining dual positions of President of the International Company and Chief Administrative Officer. He was member of the Corporate Executive Committee and a member of several international boards. Larry has directed the creation of businesses and joint ventures around the world and supervised a staff that included the corporate general counsel. His leadership responsibility has included corporate legal and governmental affairs, master labor contract negotiations, major supply contracts, executive compensation and internal audit. Larry is a graduate of the Harvard University Advanced Management Program and a past member of the American Arbitration Association commercial panel.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience

  • Experienced mediator and arbitrator
  • Panel member, Perry, Watts & Associates
  • Former member, AAA Commercial Panel

Past Board Memberships

  • President, Kaiser Aluminum, Russia
  • President, Kaiser Aluminum, China
  • Board of Directors, Alumina Partners of Jamaica
  • Board of Directors, Queensland Alumina Limited
  • Vice President and Board of Directors, Yellow River Aluminum Company
  • Vice President, Kaiser Aluminum, Venezuela
  • Officer and Member of Executive Committee, Kaiser Aluminum
  • Director, Louisiana Arts and Science Center
  • Director, Marine Institute of Baton Rouge
  • Director, Council for a Better Louisiana
  • Director, Leadership Louisiana

Business Highlights

  • Over 25 years of business leadership experience, 15 at the senior level in a fortune 1000 company
  • Proven organizational leadership with broad and deep experience in conflict resolution
  • Experienced issue manager, with proven ability to distill complicated business situations
  • Proven international business and commercial experience in China, South America, and former Soviet Unionv
  • Extensive background in developing, valuing, negotiating, and implementing complex business deals
  • Experienced contemporary administrator with management responsibility for human resource, labor relations, legal, compliance, and information technology

Education

Southeastern Louisiana University (BA, 1969); USAF Pilot 1969-1974; Harvard University (Advanced Management Program, 1990)

Location

Office located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Areas of Concentration

Business Disputes, Corporate Disputes, Commercial Disputes, Contract (Other Than Consumer, Construction, and Employment), Labor Disputes, Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Employee Disputes, Retaliation, Wrongful Discharge

Previous Experience and Accomplishments

  • 1974-1999 Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation
  • 1995-1999 Dual Roles as President of Kaiser Aluminum International (responsible for international business development, international partner management and board membership) and Chief Administrative Officer (responsible for administrative leadership pertaining to legal, safety and health, human resources, labor relations, audit and environmental issues), Houston, TX.
  • 1990-1995 Vice President and General Manager Alumina Business Unit, Baton Rouge, LA. Responsible for providing executive leadership for a business that manufactured and sold products in locations throughout the world, with revenues in excess of $800 million annually. This business was the second largest third-party supplier of alumina in the world.
  • 1974-1989 Various positions in operations, sales and industrial relations, Baton Rouge, LA.