Mary Jane Hellyar joined Eastman Kodak Company in 1982 as a research scientist in the Kodak Research Laboratories and over the next ten years held a variety of positions within R&D, Film Manufacturing, and chemical process development. Following a one-year program at the Sloan School, she joined Consumer Imaging in the Strategic Planning function in 1994.
In 1995, Ms. Hellyar became director of the Color Product Platform, responsible for development and commercialization of all color films, papers and chemicals.
Effective May 1999, Ms. Hellyar was named general manager, Consumer Film Business, Consumer Imaging and was elected a corporate vice president. Subsequently, her responsibilities were expanded to include professional films, photographic paper and chemicals.
In November 2004, Ms. Hellyar was named President, Display and Components Group. In January 2005, the Board of Directors elected her a senior vice president.
In September 2005, the company moved to four vertical businesses. Ms. Hellyar became President, Film & Photofinishing Systems Group, while also continuing responsibility for Kodak’s Display business.
In January 2007, Ms. Hellyar's business was renamed the Film Products Group reflecting its three core businesses: Entertainment Imaging, Film Capture, and Aerial and Industrial Markets. In October 2007, the Board of Directors elected Ms. Hellyar an executive vice president. In January 2008, the business was renamed Film, Photofinishing & Entertainment Group.
Ms. Hellyar received a BA in chemistry and mathematics from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an MBA in the Management of Technology from the Sloan School at MIT.