Board Director of Hypertherm, Univar Solutions, Zapata Computing and Business Executives for National Security [BENS]
Member of UM’s Department of Chemical Engineering Advisory Board
Member of WashU’s McKelvey Engineering School Dean’s Advisory Council
Chair, President Germany Ballintyn Education Foundation
Retired Corporate Vice President, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer Honeywell
Ms. Germany is a Strategy and Marketing expert with deep expertise in global industrial markets and implementation of strategies, marketing plans and product development including software and Internet of Things. She worked extensively in the aerospace, automotive, electrical/electronics, residential & commercial buildings, chemicals, materials, biotech, and pharma markets. She had global responsibility and worked at the implementation level in most developed and emerging markets. In addition, Ms. Germany was an integral part of the M&A team at Honeywell (over 90 acquisitions) and led integration of major acquisitions during her time as Partner, Booz Allen Hamilton.
Ms. Germany retired as the Corporate Vice President, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of Honeywell in March 2017 after serving 15 years where she reported to the CEO. She had responsibility for strategic planning, strategic marketing, product management (including front-end of product development), customer marketing, vertical marketing, pricing, linkage between marketing and sales, and sales force deployment globally. Her role expanded as the company evolved. The first few years were spent on the Honeywell turnaround team building strategy and marketing capabilities ground up with focus on North America, Europe, China, and India…she also led China and India from 2002 through 2005. For the last 10 years, Ms. Germany built the strategy and marketing functions globally into a leading industrial marketing organization with significant impact on the financial results as well as the succession of the company. Ms. Germany traveled extensively to China, India, ASEAN, Middle East, Russia, Turkey, Eastern and Western Europe, Brazil, Mexico, and across North America. During her tenure, the stock price of Honeywell rose from $20 to $127/share.
Prior to Honeywell, Ms. Germany spent 14 years at Booz Allen Hamilton as Associate, Sr. Associate, Principal and Vice President, Partner and Board Member. She served on the Personnel Committee of the Board, led client work and served as staffing manager for Chicago and Cleveland offices. Prior to Booz Allen Hamilton, Ms. Germany began her career in field market development, marketing and JV leadership in the Advanced Materials and Composites business of Union Carbide.
Ms. Germany serves on the Board of Univar Solutions, a $8B public global chemical distributor located in Downers Grove, IL where she serves on the Audit Committee and Chairs the Nominating & Governance Committee. She is also on two private company boards: Hypertherm, a $750M private ESOP manufacturer of cutting tools where she Chairs the Compensation Committee and serves on the Finance Committee and Zapata Computing, a start-up, focused on developing world class software for generative AI and quantum computing, where she chairs the Audit Committee and is Lead Director. She previously Chaired the Nominating and Governance Committee. Ms. Germany is also on the board of Business Executives for National Security [BENS], a non-profit serving US Government agency, where she is a member of the Nominating and HR Committees.
She also serves on University of Michigan College of Engineering’s Advisory Board for Chemical Engineering as well as WashU’s McKelvey School of Engineering’s Dean’s Council. She also served on two prior public company boards: Integra Lifesciences, a $1.5B global life sciences leader located in Plainsboro, NJ where she served on the Compensation Committee and Aegion, a $1B O&G and water pipeline company, where she served on the Compensation and Nomination and Governance Committees [sold to PE].
While with Booz Allen Hamilton in Chicago, Ms. Germany served on three non-profit boards: Metropolitan Family Services, University of Chicago Cancer Hospital, and the Music Institute of Chicago. She was a member of The Chicago Network, and also served on the Advisory Board of Shields Meneley Partners.
Ms. Germany holds a BS in Chemical Engineering with significant work in Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan and a Finance MBA with highest honors from the University of Connecticut. She is the proud mother of two sons: Ben, a Computational Neuroscience PhD and a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, and Nate, a PhD candidate in Propulsion Engineering at Purdue University and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. She has been married to Nicolaas Ballintyn, a Material Scientist, for 40 years.