Mary Kate Wold
On August 1, 2011, Mary Kate Wold assumed the role of President and CEO of the Church Pension Group, a pension and financial services company associated with the Episcopal Church and headquartered in New York City. A finance and operating executive, and former law firm partner, she has served in leadership positions in the corporate, legal, and government sectors.
Most recently, Ms. Wold served as Senior Vice President, Finance, and a Principal Corporate Officer of Wyeth, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, leading its Treasury, Tax, Procurement, and Business Process Outsourcing organizations.
As a member of the Wyeth Investment Committee, she was a fiduciary of that company’s multi-billion-dollar defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans. She also served on Wyeth’s Human Resources, Benefits, and Compensation Committee that had oversight responsibility for all of the company’s benefit and healthcare plans. She led a reassessment of Wyeth’s global insurance programs, and designed and implemented Wyeth’s corporate-wide enterprise risk management system. As a member of numerous executive oversight committees, she provided direction across a spectrum of Wyeth’s business and finance operations.
Prior to joining Wyeth, Ms. Wold was a partner at and chaired the tax practice group of Shearman & Sterling, one of the nation’s leading law firms. Earlier in her career, she served in the United States Department of the Treasury as a member of the Office of International Tax Counsel.
A faithful Episcopalian, she has served on the vestry of Christ Church in Hudson, New York, and on the vestry and as Chancellor of St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City. She has served on the boards of various professional and non-profit organizations, and is a director of the Unilife Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed medical device company.
Mary Kate Wold was born and spent her early years in Bottineau, North Dakota. She attended Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, from which she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English and Theater; she was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She later graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
The Church Pension Group consists of the Church Pension Fund, an independent agency of the Episcopal Church incorporated by a special act of the New York State legislature in 1914, and its affiliated companies, which include Church Life Insurance Corporation, the Episcopal Church Medical Trust, the Church Insurance Companies (collectively, the Church Insurance Agency Corporation, the Church Insurance Company, the Church Insurance Company of New York, and the Church Insurance Company of Vermont), and Church Publishing Incorporated. CPG serves Episcopal clergy and lay employees and their families, as well as Episcopal churches and institutions, through the provision of pension benefits and services, retirement planning, life and disability insurance, health benefits, wellness strategies, property and casualty insurance, and book and music publishing including the official worship materials of the Episcopal Church.