3M Names New CEO, Creates New Role for Outgoing CEO

Inge Thulin is stepping away from the CEO's post but will still maintain a leadership position within the company.

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St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M announces the appointment of Michael Roman as its new CEO, effective July 1. He succeeds Inge Thuline, who is moving to the newly created position of executive chairman of the board.

Roman, 58, has served as chief operating officer and executive vice president since July 2017, with direct responsibility for 3M’s five business groups, along with the company’s international operations.

He has held several other key leadership roles throughout his 30-year career at 3M. Roman led the company’s largest business group, Industrial, which accounts for one-third of its worldwide sales. Before that he served as 3M’s chief strategist, where he worked closely with Thulin to develop 3M’s strategic roadmap. He has also lived in and led 3M businesses around the world, including the United States, Europe and Asia.

Roman holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

“After a thorough and thoughtful succession planning process, Mike is the clear choice to lead 3M into the future as CEO,” says Thulin. “He is an accomplished, results-oriented and high-integrity leader, with an excellent track record of growing sales, improving operational efficiency and increasing value across a wide range of global businesses.”

For his part, Roman says he’ll move forward with the company’s strategic plan that has been laid out.

“It is an honor to lead 3M into the future,” he says. “Inge’s leadership has taken 3M to new heights, and I look forward to building on our momentum and delivering value for customers and shareholders.”

In his new role as executive chairman of the board, Thulin will continue to chair 3M’s board of directors while also working closely with Roman on longer-term strategic initiatives for the company. Thulin has served as 3M’s chairman of the board, president and CEO since 2012.


Tony Kindelspire

Tony Kindelspire is the former digital content editor of Sign & Digital Graphics & WRAPS magazines.

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