Mary Ann Hynes

Mary Ann Hynes

GHD Group Pty. Ltd., 2012 to 2015

Global C-suite Leader, Board Member, Trusted Advisor
Adept with private and public company board structures/cultures.    MBA; LLM, Taxation; JD
A track record of consistently achieving innovative solutions for companies and boards
Strategic governance for business disruptors and platform shifts, global growth, compliance, M&A


Dr. Scholl Foundation: private independent foundation assisting organizations committed to improving our world Board of Directors:  Lead Director and Chair, Audit/Governance/Nominating/Compensation    2002 – present Engaged in strategic planning for the Foundation.

GHD Pty: $1B global engineering, architecture, environmental consulting ESOP Australian firm on five continents
Board of Directors:  Non-executive Director and Member, Risk Committee    2013 – 2016
Assisted in the acquisition of the Firm’s largest merger with a Canadian-based North American private corporation, including: vetting; structuring; and explaining the three countries’ boards/corporate cultural and legal differences.

Participated in succession planning of GHD Chair and senior leadership.
Contributed to strategic planning of new lines of businesses, resulting in Firm gaining additional profitable returns. Aided Firm with successfully implemented compliance approaches to different world regions and cultures.


DENTONS privately held—awarded “Most Innovative” last two years—70 international locations    2013 – present
First career GC hired for Advisory Practice for global firms wanting senior governance, strategy, or compliance advice.
Recommended Firm commence extensive international expansion: Firm now has offices across China—beyond Beijing and Shanghai—throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Australia/New Zealand.

INGREDION, INC. NYSE listed $6.3B ag-based ingredients for food, beverage, health, paper, pharma, and textiles Assisted Board with CEO succession planning and rebranding Firm through name change.
As Corporate Secretary, Board Director on numerous Firm boards, including Rahfan Maize, Karachi Exchange.
Won the largest NAFTA case in history before international panel at the World Bank, involving a trade issue that had created significant financial geopolitical concerns for the Firm, which this win resolved in Firm’s favor.
More than quadrupled stock value with NAFTA win and National Starch transformative acquisition, a relationship developed over time that added a seed bank, natural technologies, and talented executives who rocketed growth.

IMC GLOBAL INC. NYSE listed $4B+ agricultural fertilizers, animal feed, oil and gas, salt, specialty chemicals, sulphur
Served on numerous Firm boards including: IMC Phosphates; MP, Inc.; the Administrative Managing General Partner, Phosphate Resources Limited Partnership—a publicly traded company with independent directors under PLP.
Merged acquired firms into IMC Global brand, then merged IMC Global and Cargill Crop Nutrition into Mosaic, Inc.

SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION $2B global supplier of technologically advanced aerospace/industrial products
Acquired 11 companies in 15 months—company is now part of United Technologies.

WOLTERS KLUWER U.S. (acquired CCH, Inc.) Amsterdam Exchange listed global information services company First GC and Management Committee Member; first woman in American corporate history to become Fortune 500 GC.