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3M Appoints New Leader for 3 of 4 Business Units

The staffing changes come amid restructuring actions for 3M, including laying off 6,000 positions.

Amid restructuring actions that include laying off 6,000 positions, PPE and household adhesives manufacturer 3M has made several changes to its senior leadership team, the company announced April 25.

Michael Vale has been appointed to Group President and Chief Business and Country Officer, a new role on the company’s Corporation Operations Committee. Vale will be responsible for three of 3M’s four business groups — Safety and Industrial, Transportation and Electronics, and Consumer — as well as customer operations, country governance and emerging markets, according to 3M. Vale, who has been with 3M for 30 years, previously served as Group President of 3M’s Safety and Industrial Business.

Chris Goralski will take Vale’s place as Group President of the Safety and Industrial Business. Goralski was most recently President of 3M’s Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division.

3M has also appointed Karina Chavez as Group President of Consumer Business. Chavez previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer.

Ashish Khandpur will continue to serve as Group President of 3M’s Transportation and Electronics Business, while Jeff Lavers will remain Group President of 3M’s Health Care Business.

3M also announced expanded responsibilities for Executive Vice President and Chief Finance and Transformation Officer Monish Patolawala and Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer John Banovetz. Patolawala adds responsibility for enterprise strategy development and the company’s Global Service Centers, while Banovetz assumes responsibility for new growth ventures, which include the company’s venture investment arm and early-stage R&D organization, according to 3M.

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