Sharon R. Ryan
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary (Retirement effective June 30, 2022)
Sharon Ryan joined International Paper in 1988 as an attorney in the Land and Timber/Forest Products Division. In 1992, she was named vice president and general counsel of Masonite Corporation, an International Paper subsidiary. In 1997, Ryan was named general counsel - building materials group, adding wood products and decorative products to her Masonite responsibilities. She became general counsel of consumer packaging and corporate sales & marketing in 2000, and, in 2005, expanded her responsibilities to include International Paper’s papers businesses and wood products business. Ryan was promoted to associate general counsel - corporate law in 2006, and, in 2009, assumed the additional role of chief ethics and compliance officer. She was appointed vice president in March 2011 and in May 2011, was also named acting senior vice president, acting general counsel and corporate secretary.
Ryan was promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary November 1, 2011. In May 2022, she announced her plans to retire on June 30, 2022.
Prior to joining International Paper, she was a real estate attorney with Baker, Smith & Mills in Dallas, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from George Washington University in 1981. In 1985, she received her JD degree from Boston College Law School where she was an editor for the Boston College Law Review.