Honeywell names new general counsel, replacing departing exec

Morris Plains-based conglomerate Honeywell has promoted an executive to senior vice president and general counsel, it announced Friday.

Anne T. Madden, who had been the company’s vice president of corporate development and global head of mergers and acquisitions since 2002, replaces Kate Adams, who is leaving the company to serve as Apple’s general counsel.

“We appreciate all of Kate’s contributions to Honeywell and, under her leadership, we built a deep bench of legal talent,” CEO and President Darius Adamczyk said in a prepared statement. “Anne has a strong business acumen and deep legal expertise, and she is a welcome addition to Honeywell’s leadership team. She has a proven track record not only of facilitating transactions, but supporting Honeywell’s growth around the world.

Madden will serve as a company officer and report to Adamczyk, the company said.

During her tenure as global head of M&A, the company has executed about 100 acquisitions, representing $15 billion in sales, as well as about 70 divestitures, representing about $8.5 billion in sales.

“Anne has also been instrumental in developing and executing our disciplined integration process that has driven the high payback we have achieved with the vast majority of our deals,” Adamczyk said. “Our successful M&A strategy and the returns we have generated have differentiated Honeywell from its peers.”

Madden, who served as vice president and deputy general counsel for the Performance Materials and Technologies business group prior to her current role, has worked in private law practice and as an auditor.