3M Organizational Changes & Executive Appointments
Oct 1, 2002
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Organizational changes at St. Paul, MN, U.S.-based 3M went into effect today. The strategic re-alignment of the organization is designed to enable faster growth. Changes include forming seven businesses designed to be closely focused on markets and customers.
"These structural changes - driven by our strategic planning process - represent an important step toward better access to bigger, faster growing markets," said W. James McNerney, Jr., 3M chairman and CEO. "In addition, the emergence of key new leaders affirms the vitality of our leadership development process."
New Business Units
Three new businesses, with new leadership, will be formed from existing divisions and departments.
The Safety, Security and Protection Services Business will be headed by Fred Palensky, executive vice president. The business will include:
Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division
Commercial Care Division
Safety and Security Systems Division
Industrial Mineral Products Division
The Display and Graphics Business will be under the leadership of Jim Stake, executive vice president, and will include:
Traffic Control Materials Division
Optical Systems Division
Commercial Graphics Division
Specialty Film and Media Products Division
The Transportation Business will be under the leadership of Steve Landwehr, executive vice president, and will include:
Automotive Aftermarket Division
New Leadership For Existing Businesses
Chuck Reich, formerly executive vice president, Electro and Communications, was named executive vice president, Health Care Business, succeeding John Benson. He will be responsible for:
Drug Delivery Systems Division
3M ESPE Division
Health Information Systems Division
Personal Care and Related Products Division
Brad Sauer, formerly executive director, Six Sigma, was named executive vice president, Electro and Communications Business. He will be responsible for:
Electrical Products Division
Electronic and Interconnect Solutions Division
Microinterconnect Systems Division
Telecom Access Division
The executive vice president appointments and the resulting realignment were effective today, with a 3-month transition period planned. The changes come about in response to the retirement plans announced by three executives: John Benson, executive vice president, Health Care; Paul Guehler, vice president, Research and Development; and Ron Weber, executive vice president, Transportation, Graphics and Safety Markets.
"These three leaders have made many significant contributions to 3M and have been instrumental in 3M's success," Mr. McNerney said. "I'm delighted that they have agreed to stay as long as necessary to ensure an effective transition."
Other Organizational Changes
Additional organizational adjustments include moving the Dyneon, Performance Materials, and Specialty Materials Manufacturing units to the Industrial Business. The Protective Materials Division moved to the Consumer and Office Business.
The Consumer and Office Business will continue to be led by Moe Nozari, executive vice president, and will include:
Office Supplies Division
Stationery Products Division
Construction and Home Improvement Markets Division
Protective Materials Division
Home Care Division
Visual Systems Division
The Industrial Business will continue to be led by Harold Wiens, executive vice president, and will include:
Coated Abrasives Division
Engineered Adhesives Division
Industrial Tape and Specialties Division
Packaging Systems Division
Superabrasives and Microfinishing Systems Division
Surface Conditioning Division
Performance Materials Division
Specialty Materials Manufacturing Division
Several new executive appointments also became effective today:
Jay Ihlenfeld, formerly executive vice president, Sumitomo 3M, was named vice president, Research and Development, succeeding Paul Guehler.
Joe Harlan, formerly staff vice president, Financial Planning and Analysis, was recommended to the board of directors of Sumitomo 3M Ltd. for the position of executive vice president, succeeding Jay Ihlenfeld.
Steve Webster, formerly staff vice president, Research and Development, Corporate Technology, and Transportation, Graphics and Safety Markets, was named staff vice president, Six Sigma, succeeding Brad Sauer.
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