Peter Ganz represents the best of dynamic 21st century legal executives. Driven by a relentless focus on strategy, combined with exceptional legal expertise, well-honed business acumen, and extensive leadership experience, he has served as a trusted advisor in a variety of roles, including Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. With a deep background in guiding private and publicly traded Fortune 500 global companies through periods of significant transition, he has taken the lead in complex transactions, including major acquisitions, divestitures, and initial public offerings. He has been a trusted advisor to boards of directors on strategy and corporate governance, including with regard to shareholder activism and proxy contests. Peter managed highly complex and “bet-the-company” litigation, created cultures of corporate ethics, and built high-functioning, business-focused global legal departments committed to developing the potential of junior and senior lawyers — across the specialty chemicals, engineering and construction, and consumer products industries.
Most recently, as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Ashland Global Holdings, Inc., Peter oversaw all legal, government affairs, corporate compliance, and governance functions for the publicly traded, global, specialty chemicals company in diverse consumer and industrial end-markets. A core member of the executive leadership team, he was responsible for successfully transforming Ashland from a $10B conglomerate of businesses into a high-margin specialty chemicals company with revenues in excess of $2.5B and a focus on life sciences, coatings, personal care, and other differentiated products. Peter was the key strategist and advisor to the CEO and board of directors in effecting the structural and governance changes resulting from the transformation, and he led the response to a series of activist shareholder campaigns including the successful resolution of proxy contests. In addition, he led the management of significant legacy litigation, completed a comprehensive redesign of legal, compliance, and related functions, and restructured a global compliance program along with implementing a redesigned anti-corruption program.
Prior to joining Ashland, Ganz was a partner in the law firm of Sedgwick LLP. Before that time, he served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Foster Wheeler AG, a $5B international engineering, construction and project-management contractor, and power-equipment supplier. Peter rebuilt the legal function after the company’s restructuring and served on the executive committee to direct company strategy, priorities, and governance. He also established an international anti-corruption compliance program, creating and directing policies, education, and enforcement.
Earlier in his career, Peter served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of G-I Holdings Inc., formerly GAF Corp., a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals and the largest U.S-based manufacturer of roofing products. Holding positions of increasing responsibility in the $3.5B group of related companies, he managed complex litigation, served on the senior leadership team, and led multi-year state and federal legislative campaigns to develop and direct lobbying strategies to achieve significant tort litigation reforms.
Currently, Ganz serves on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the organization is dedicated to ensuring that the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action today.
Peter graduated from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics, summa cum laude, from Duke University. He is a member of the New York and New Jersey state bars and of the American Corporate Counsel Association.
Building High Performance Teams
Succession Planning & Development
Talent Retention & Development
Business Alignment & Cultural Transformation
Effective Reporting to the CEO & Board
Effective Reporting to the GC & CCO
Implementing a Strong Culture of Compliance
Managing a Global Compliance Program
Developing a Strategic Compliance Plan
Legal & Compliance Function Assessment
Managing Outside Counsel & Third-Parties
Managing Through Mergers & Layoffs
On-boarding Acquired Companies
Planning & Managing Turnarounds
Crisis Management, Process & Communication
Corporate Secretary Function
Developing the Secretary & Board Relationship
Advising Board in Times of Change
Board & CEO Transitions
Leadership for Women & Diverse Talent