George W. Buckley
GEORGE W. BUCKLEY, retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of 3M Company, was elected Chairman of the Board effective January 1, 2017 and has been a director of the Company since March 2010. Mr. Buckley also served on the Board of The Black & Decker Corporation from 2006 until 2010. From April 2015 through December 2016, he served as Lead Independent Director of the Board.
Mr. Buckley served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of 3M Company from December 2005 until May 2012. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Buckley served as the Chief Technology Officer for the Motors, Drives, and Appliance Component Division of Emerson Electric Company. Later, he served as President of its U.S. Electric Motors Division. In 1997, he joined the Brunswick Corporation as a Vice President, became Senior Vice President in 1999, and became Executive Vice President in 2000. Mr. Buckley was elected President and Chief Operating Officer of Brunswick in April 2000 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in June 2000. As noted above, he was elected Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of 3M Company in December 2005. Mr. Buckley serves as Chairman of Smiths Group plc, a director of Hitachi Ltd. and a director of PepsiCo, Inc. Within the past five years Mr. Buckley has served on the board of 3M Company.
Mr. Buckley, who is 72 years old and is our Chairman of the board, also serves as Chair of the Executive Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation and Talent Development Committee.
As the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of 3M Company, Mr. Buckley provides the Board with the expertise and knowledge of managing a large, multi-national corporation. This knowledge, combined with his prior experience as the Chief Executive Officer of Brunswick Corporation and his expertise related to technology-driven manufacturing, provides a valuable resource to the Board and management.