Inge G. Thulin

Chairman, President and CEO


Peter G. Peterson Business Statesmanship Award

Inge G. Thulin, 61, was named president and chief executive officer of 3M Company in February of 2012.  He was named Chairman of 3M’s Board of Directors in May of 2012.

A 35-year veteran of 3M, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of 3M since May of 2011, after having served as Executive Vice President, 3M International Operations since 2003.  Mr. Thulin joined 3M Sweden in 1979, working in sales and marketing, and subsequently assumed levels of greater responsibility.

With hands-on experience building businesses in both developed and developing economies, Mr. Thulin’s grasp of societal trends is impressive.  For example, his business background and Nordic upbringing helped shape his view that the global trend toward sustainability presents tremendous opportunity for 3M to both improve the environment, and 3M’s business performance, simultaneously.

Mr. 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.
A native of Malmo, Sweden, Mr. Thulin is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys skiing, skating and hiking.  He and his wife Helene are citizens of the United States, and reside in the Twin Cities.

Mr. Thulin earned degrees in Economics and Marketing from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1978. He is a Board of Director of the Chevron Corporation, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Business Roundtable, and Sällskapet.

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