Canadian Manufacturing

3M reorganizes industrial business groups

The new structure will be comprised of five business groups



ST. PAUL, Minn.— 3M today announced a realignment of its major business groups in relation to the changing marketplace.

The new structure will be comprised of five business groups: Consumer (2011 sales of $4.2 billion), Industrial ($9.6 billion), Health Care ($5.0 billion) and two newly formed business groups: Safety & Graphics ($5.5 billion), and Electronics & Energy ($5.7 billion).

Previously, 3M operated six major business segments.

“The change is a natural outcome of our strategy to increase relevance to our customers and to broaden our presence in the markets we serve,” said Inge Thulin, 3M chairman, president and chief executive officer. “By building scale more broadly, we create critical mass in each business group to take full advantage of innovation and commercialization opportunities.”

The company also announced new leadership roles for a number of its senior leaders.

Electronics & Energy is led by Executive Vice President Mike Kelly, former head of 3M’s Display and Graphics business. The new business group includes the following operating divisions:

  • 3M Touch Systems
  • Communication Markets
  • Electrical Markets
  • Electronic Solutions
  • Electronics Markets Materials
  • Infrastructure Protection
  • Mobile Interactive Solutions
  • Optical Systems
  • Renewable Energy

Safety & Graphics is led by Executive Vice President Julie Bushman, former head of 3M’s Safety, Security and Protection Services business. The new business group includes the following operating divisions:

  • Architectural Markets
  • Building & Commercial Services
  • Commercial Graphics
  • Industrial Mineral Products
  • Mining, Oil & Gas Solutions
  • Occupational Health & Environmental Safety
  • Security Systems
  • Traffic Safety Systems

Industrial, led by Executive Vice President Brad Sauer, remains unchanged, with the exception of Renewable Energy moving to Electronics & Energy. Sauer formerly led 3M’s Health Care business.

Health Care, led by Executive Vice President Joaquin Delgado, remains unchanged. Delgado formerly led 3M’s Electro and Communications business.

Consumer is also unchanged and will continue to be led by Executive Vice President Mike Vale.

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