3M Elects Inge G. Thulin as President and CEO, Succeeds Sir George W. Buckley
3M, the St. Paul, Minnesota-based conglomerate and parent company of 3M Promotional Markets, announced today that Inge G. Thulin has been elected president and CEO, effective Feb. 24. He succeeds Sir George W. Buckley, chairman, president and CEO, who will retire on June 1.
Thulin immediately becomes a member of 3M's board of directors and Buckley remains chairman of the board until the annual meeting of stockholders on May 8, at which time the board intends to elect Thulin to the position of chairman.
"Inge is a proven leader with a terrific blend of strategic, business and analytical skills, and an excellent record of delivering both sales growth and operational efficiency in a wide range of global businesses," said Vance D. Coffman, lead director, in speaking to the 3M board. "His strengths will serve 3M well and ensure that the company remains on a strong growth track driven by innovation for many years to come."
Thulin, 58, has served as chief operating officer since May 2011, with responsibility for 3M's six business segments and international operations. Prior to that, he was executive vice president of international operations. Under his leadership, international sales grew to nearly $20 billion and today represent two-thirds of 3M's sales. Thulin also has held numerous leadership positions in Asia Pacific, Europe and Middle East and across multiple businesses.
Thulin holds degrees in marketing and economics from Gothenburg University. He currently serves on the board of directors of The Toro Company.
Buckley was appointed 3M's chairman, president and CEO in December 2005. He led the company's successful effort to reinvigorate growth and innovation, which culminated in an all-time high $30 billion in sales in 2011, with new product sales now comprising nearly one-third of total sales.
"We thank George for his exemplary leadership over the last six years," Coffman said. "He achieved tremendous results for the company and navigated 3M successfully through one of the toughest economic times in recent history."