ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M today announced that Dr. Ashish K. Khandpur has been appointed senior
vice president, Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer,
effective immediately. He replaces Dr. Frederick J. Palensky, who is
retiring after a successful 37-year career with the company.
“Ashish is a highly accomplished and respected leader with a proven
track record of success across multiple 3M businesses and geographic
regions," said Inge G. Thulin, 3M’s chairman, president and chief
Dr. Khandpur joined 3M in 1995 in the company’s adhesive technology
center in St. Paul. He earned multiple promotions within 3M’s Central
Research Laboratories before moving to the company’s Office Supplies
Division Laboratory. In 2006, he relocated to 3M India to establish and
lead the company’s first local laboratory. He subsequently served as
technical director for the Industrial and Transportation Business in
Asia Pacific, and in 2012, he was appointed vice president, Research and
Development for the worldwide Industrial and Transportation Business.
Dr. Khandpur’s most recent leadership role was vice president and
general manager for 3M’s Personal Safety Division.
He was born in India and earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical
Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, and a
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota,
specializing in polymers.
“As our chief technology officer, his global experience is a huge
asset,” said Thulin, “and I am confident that he will lead our research
and development teams to even greater success in the future.”
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M
is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $31 billion
in sales, 3M employs 89,000 people worldwide and has operations in more
than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com
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