Lessons from 3M, Stanley Black & Decker, PepsiCo, and Hitachi: How Innovation Fuels Growth
Join us to hear from Sir George Buckley, one of the world’s most innovative leaders, on how boards can help drive a culture of innovation that sparks out-of-the-box ideas and transforms those ideas into high-performing products. Best known as the former CEO of the “innovation company” 3M, Buckley increased the market value of the company from $60 billion to $150 billion by reinvigorating growth and driving new product sales to nearly one third of total sales. He will share stories about his successes and failures, with lessons learned that you can apply to your own board work.
Sir Buckley was also formerly the CEO of Brunswick Corporation and currently sits on the board of Hitachi and chairs the boards of Stanley Black & Decker, eGym, and Smiths Group in the United Kingdom. He also formerly sat on the boards of PepsiCo, Tyco International, and Archer-Daniels-Midland Company.
Sir George W. Buckley was Chairman, President and CEO of 3M Company from 2005 to 2012. Prior to 3M, since June 2000, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brunswick Corporation, having previously served as President of Mercury Marine Group, Brunswick’s largest division.
Before joining Brunswick in 1997, he was President of the US Electric Motors Division and the Automotive and Precision Motors Division at Emerson Electric Co. in St. Louis, Missouri. He also served as Chief Technology Officer of Emerson’s worldwide group of motor, electronic drives and appliance-related businesses.
Sir George is Chairman of Smiths Group plc and Stanley Black & Decker Inc, and eGym GmbH. In addition, he is a Member of the Board of Directors of Hitachi. He also sits on the Advisory Board for Schillings.
Sir George is an engineer by training and holds a PhD in electrical engineering along with four honorary Doctorates and approximately 20 patents. He completed joint studies at the Universities of Southampton and Huddersfield in the United Kingdom, where he was awarded a PhD in Engineering and holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an Hon. D.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Huddersfield. He also holds an Hon. D. Sc from the University of Southampton, a Hon. D.Univ. from Sheffield Hallam University and a Hon D.Litt. from St. Thomas University.