CHICAGO, Jan. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Archdiocese of Chicago today announced the appointment of Mary Ann Hynes as its general counsel. Ms. Hynes was the first female general counsel of a Fortune 500 company and has most recently been senior counsel at the Chicago office of Dentons, the world's largest law firm by number of lawyers.
"Mary Ann brings enormous experience and a solid record of high performance that has won her the admiration of her colleagues and community leaders," said Archbishop Blase J. Cupich. "We welcome her to our team and look forward to the contribution she will make to our mission."
Ms. Hynes, who joined Dentons in 2013 is a governance and compliance expert with more than 20 years of service on the boards of Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit organizations. She is a seasoned strategist with extensive mergers and acquisitions and integration experience and a focus on mining, high tech aerospace and industrial products, commodity-based manufacturing and media /software companies. She worked for seven years at Ingredion, Inc., (formerly Corn Products International), as a senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer. Ms. Hynes began her career and spent 25 years at CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business, rising to the rank of vice president and general counsel.
She serves on the Board of Trustees for the John Marshall Law School and is a board member of the Dr. Scholl Foundation. She served as a member of the Advisory Manufacturing Council to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. She has also served as a member of the boards of directors for GHD Pty Ltd, IMC Global Affiliates, Rafhan Maize and other subsidiaries of Ingredion, Inc. and its predecessor companies.
Ms. Hynes, a native of Chicago, holds a BA degree from Loyola University, an MBA from the Lake Forest School of Management and JD and LLM degrees from the John Marshall Law School.
About the Archdiocese of Chicago
The Archdiocese of Chicago, the third largest in the United States, serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in 353 parishes in Illinois' Cook and Lake Counties, a geographic area of 1,411 square miles. The Archdiocese, pastored by Archbishop Blase J. Cupich employs more than 15,000 people in its systems and ministries, including Catholic Charities, the region's largest nonprofit social service agency. The Archdiocese also has one of the country's largest seminaries. The Archdiocese's 230 elementary and secondary schools comprise the largest U.S. private school system and have garnered more U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Awards than any system of any type in the nation.
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