Patrick Deconinck is a true 3M-er. Throughout his 38 years with the company, he has worked his way up the ranks, reaching the position of Senior Vice President West Europe in 2011. Along the way, he seized opportunities to perform a range of functions across 3M’s diversified businesses.

In 2013 alone, 3M generated US$31 billion in sales, and had over 88,000 employees working in more than 70 countries, making it a truly global company. Innovation is the lifeblood of 3M, and the organisation works hard to set the standard for product development, manufacturing, and marketing across its industrial, safety and graphics, electronics and energy, health care, and consumer businesses.