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, Sharon 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 IP’s Papers businesses and Wood Products business. Sharon was promoted to associate general counsel – Corporate Law in 2006, in 2009 assumed the additional role of Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. She was appointed vice president in February 2011 and, in May 2011, was also named acting general counsel and corporate secretary.
Sharon was promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary November 1, 2011. She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis Board of Directors, National Association State Courts and has been appointed to the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission
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.