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3M CEO to address 'Global Innovation and Leadership'

3M President and CEO Inge Thulin
3M President and CEO Inge Thulin
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The Leadership Institute at St. Catherine University is pleased to welcome 3M Co. President and CEO Inge Thulin to the St. Paul campus for a speech titled “Global Innovation, Global Leadership.”

Thulin will speak Tuesday, March 26, from 8 to 9 a.m. as part of the St. Catherine Forum on Leadership. The breakfast event is open to the public. Tickets are $28 per person ($25 for St. Kate’s alumnae) or $250 for a reserved table of 10 ($200 for alumnae).

As a global business leader with extensive international experience, 3M’s Thulin has formulated relevant perspectives on innovation, global business and the essentials of helping people develop to their full potential. He will share his views on leadership principles, sustainability and strategy, and how to transform principles into practical results.

With hands-on experience building businesses in both developed and developing economics, Thulin is known for emphasizing teamwork, a concept he learned to value as a young hockey player in one of Sweden’s top leagues. He is known for his quick wit and accessibility, for focus and clarity, and for his uncanny ability to effectively prioritize.

Thulin will be interviewed by Associate Professor Rebecca Hawthorne, program director of the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) at St. Kate’s and co-author of the annual Minnesota Census of Women in Corporate Leadership, which examines the percentage of women in the upper echelons of Minnesota’s top 100 public companies.

The event is a collaboration between the School of Business and Professional Studies at St. Kate’s and the 3M Women’s Leadership Network.

About Inge Thulin

Inge G. Thulin has been the chief executive officer and president of 3M Co. since February 2012. Born in Malmo, Sweden, he earned degrees in economics and marketing from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1978.

He began building his business career in 1979, when he joined 3M Sweden in various sales and marketing positions.

Over the years he held positions of increasing responsibility as a business manager at 3M Europe, manager director of 3M Russia, vice president for 3M operations in Europe and the Middle East and, in 2011, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

A former member of the Toro Co. board of directors, from 2007 to 2012, Thulin serves as a member of the international programs advisory council at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, a position he has held since 2003.

About the St. Catherine Forum on Leadership

The St. Catherine Forum on Leadership brings internationally renowned leaders from across the globe to the Twin Cities. Since 1992, distinguished leaders such as Mary Robinson, Jehan Sadat, Elizabeth Dole, Sally Helgesen, Sheila Johnson, Dr. Susan Love, Jane Bryant Quinn, Sally Ride and Dr. Mae Jemison have motivated women and men alike with their achievements, wisdom and courage to work for positive change.

For more information or to register, click here.

March 10, 2013 by Amy Gage

See also: Alumnae/i, Business, Leadership