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News   February 18, 2020   by Allan Janssen

3M Canada names new president

3M Canada has announced the appointment of Penny Wise as president.

Wise brings more than 20 years of international experience at 3M and began her career at the Canadian head office based in London, Ontario. She will lead the company to deliver on the commitment to serve customers by providing a compelling, differentiated experience that fully leverages all that the 3M brand has to offer.

“I am so thrilled and proud to be returning to Canada,” said Penny Wise, 3M Canada’s new president. “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 leader in the Canadian Hardware industry.

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 successful, award-winning marketing transformation projects at the company.

Wise holds an MBA from York University, with a specialization in marketing. She also holds a Lean Black Belt in Six Sigma.

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, UK.

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