Canadian Manufacturing

Penny Wise to lead 3M Canada as president

Wise has held a variety of senior leadership roles at 3M; in business, commercialization, brand and corporate marketing

February 18, 2020  by CM Staff

Penny Wise. PHOTO: 3M

LONDON, Ont. — On Feb. 18,  industrial and consumer products manufacturer 3M Canada announced the appointment of Penny Wise as president.

Wise has more than 20 years of international experience at 3M and began her career at the Canadian head office based in London, Ont.

“I am so thrilled and proud to be returning to Canada,” said Wise in a statement. “It’s an exciting time to be re-joining 3M Canada and I look forward to working alongside the incredible team here to continue creating and elevating exceptional customer experiences.”

Wise has held a variety of senior leadership roles at 3M; in business, commercialization, brand and corporate marketing. In her most recent role based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Wise led 3M’s largest business as global marketing director of the Safety and Industrial Business Group. Prior to joining 3M, Wise was a marketing professional in the Canadian Hardware industry.

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The firm says in 2015, as the 3M international marketing director and chief branding officer, Wise was instrumental in successfully launching a new global tagline for the company known as “3M Science. Applied to Life” and has been responsible for several award-winning marketing transformation projects at the company.

Wise succeeds the former 3M Canada president, Lars Hanseid, who has taken on the new role at 3M of vice-president of Europe the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Corporate Affairs and governance and managing director of 3M North Europe Region based out of London, U.K.


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