Mary Ann Hynes

Board Experience

GHD Group Pty. Ltd.

2012 to 2015


Mary Ann Hynes is an International Governance, Regulatory and Innovation Expert with over 20 years in Fortune 500 Boardrooms. She’s a seasoned strategist with extensive transformational, global M&A and integration experience. During her tenures, Ingredion’s stock nearly tripled in a 3-year period with the acquisition of National Starch; IMC Global transformed into The Mosaic Company; and Sundstrand, after many acquisitions, was combined into United Technologies. And, CCH became the cornerstone of Wolters Kluwer, a Dutch-based global information company where Mary Ann spent 2 years acquiring numerous businesses. She’s a unique problem solver with expertise in resolving issues with governments. She has enjoyed a high security clearance with the US government and served on the Manufacturing Advisory Council to US Secretary of Commerce.

Mary Ann currently sits as an independent director on the board of GHD Group Pty Ltd, which is one of the world’s leading engineering, architecture and environmental consulting companies. GHD employs thousands across five continents and serves clients in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. She sits on GHD’s Risk Committee and is engaged in Succession Planning at the Company. Mary Ann also is a Director of the Dr. Scholl Foundation (Chair of Audit/Comp Committee) and the John Marshall Law School Board of Trustees (Chair of Audit/Budget Committee). She has served as a key executive with five major companies. And, she’s served on the boards of numerous affiliate and subsidiary companies. 

In 2016, Mary Ann joined the Archdiocese of Chicago as their General Counsel. Mary Ann was a Partner at Dentons from 2013-2016. Before joining Dentons in 2013 as Senior Counsel, Mary Ann was a senior officer at Ingredion Incorporated (a $6.3B company, formerly, Corn Products International producing food, pharma and industrial ingredients around the world). Prior, she was a senior executive officer with IMC Global and PLP (mining specialty chemicals, oil & gas as well as salt). Both companies dealt with cyclical commodities changing to specialty profiles, strategies and growth issues. Before that, at Sundstrand, she represented complex, highly engineered aerospace systems and three manufacturing arms (petrochemical pumps, filtration, air compressors and helical ring gears). She started her career at CCH Inc., a public company, majority-owned by a single family, which was subsequently acquired by Wolters Kluwer (Holland). In addition to mega, bolt-on and strategic mergers, Mary Ann has acquired, restructured and exited global affiliate companies utilizing sophisticated tax and corporate strategies, and creating tremendous shareholder value.

An innovative, growth-driven executive with diverse national and international experience, Mary Ann possesses a proven track record of creating and sustaining competitive advantage, creating and safeguarding intellectual capital, squelching competitive threats, formulating novel strategies, mitigating risk, lowering costs and supporting long-term profitability. Throughout her career, Mary Ann has devoted herself to professional and civic leadership.