Michael Roman


3M Corp.




After a 13-year period in which 3M Corp. was led by European-born CEOs (Englishman George Buckley from 2005 to 2011 and Sweden’s Inge Thulin from 2012 to 2018), the multinational this year went back into the hands of a Midwesterner and University of Minnesota graduate. Wisconsin native Michael Roman earned an electrical engineering degree from the U’s Institute of Technology in the early 1980s before launching a 30-year career at the $32 billion industrial giant, culminating in his appointment as CEO in March. He is expected to focus on strategic acquisitions, building on Thulin’s successful efforts to improve profitability.