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Mary Kate Wold is a finance and operating executive, public company director and former Wall Street law firm partner. She has an established record of leading and repositioning organizations to excel. Throughout her varied legal and business career, one of her hallmark characteristics has been her ability to troubleshoot and resolve seemingly intractable and complex corporate problems. She currently serves as CEO, President and Board Member of Church Pension Group.
Ms. Wold was Senior Vice President – Finance and a Principal Corporate Officer of Wyeth, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, until its merger with Pfizer in late 2009. In that role, she led each of the Treasury, Tax and Procurement organizations through major performance-enhancing transformations. Ms. Wold designed and implemented Wyeth’s corporate-wide enterprise risk management system, delivering centralized transparency of cross-functional risk. She drove the redesign of Wyeth’s global business process outsourcing initiative, which eliminated significant obstacles to operational efficiency throughout the company.
As a member of numerous executive oversight committees, Ms. Wold provided direction across a spectrum of Wyeth’s business and finance operations -- from financial reporting and disclosure to investor relations to supply chain management. She was a key member of the company’s investment committee, which provided supervision and management of Wyeth’s multibillion dollar pension plans. She was a frequent speaker at professional and industry events, including as the principal Wyeth presenter at leading healthcare investor conferences.
Prior to joining Wyeth, Ms. Wold was a partner and chaired the tax practice group of one of the world’s largest law firms, Shearman & Sterling, leading an aggressive global expansion and business reorientation of the group. She joined the firm in 1984 and focused her practice on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, merchant banking, capital markets and international tax planning for multinational corporate clients.
During the Reagan Administration, Ms. Wold served in the United States Department of the Treasury, advising on international legislative policy, regulations and treaties as a member of the Office of International Tax Counsel. She represented Treasury as a member of the four-person delegation that negotiated the first income tax treaty with China.
Ms. Wold is currently a director of Unilife Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed medical device company. She sits on Unilife’s Audit Committee, and she chairs its Strategic Partnerships Committee. She has served on boards of various professional and non-profit organizations.
Ms. Wold graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English and Theatre from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa.