A. Lynne Puckett, general counsel with Celanese Corp. Courtesy photo. A. Lynne Puckett, general counsel with Celanese Corp. Courtesy photo.

Fortune 500 global technology and specialty materials company Celanese Corp. has hired A. Lynne Puckett, a former operative for the Central Intelligence Agency, as senior vice president and general counsel.

Puckett joins Dallas-based Celanese after having served as chief lawyer for another global manufacturer, Colfax Corp., in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. She begins her new role on Feb. 13, according to an announcement on Thursday from Celanese.

Celanese, which describes itself as a leader in the “production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications,” employs about 7,700 people worldwide and reported $6.1 billion in net sales for 2017.

“Lynne’s extensive experience and her leadership approach make her a valuable addition to our Celanese team,” company chairman and CEO Mark Rohr stated in a news release. “Her balance of strategic insights coupled with execution excellence will complement our legal team nicely.”

During her more than eight years at Colfax, Puckett led the legal department as the company grew from $700 million in revenues in 2010 to more than $3.6 billion in revenues currently, according to the Celanese news release.

Before she worked for Colfax, Puckett was managing complex mergers and acquisitions and representing public and private companies as a partner at Hogan Lovells.

She also spent five years working for the CIA, according to a March 2018 profile in Modern Counsel. Her role at the CIA was unclear, but she told the publication that the “agency taught me to control emotions, gather and analyze the facts first, then decide where the data points us.”

Puckett is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and has worked with several nonprofits, including the American Shakespeare Center, the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Baltimore Outreach Services, and the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.