Former 3M chief to deliver Sheffield Management talk

Sir George Buckley
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The Sheffield-born former chief executive of one of the world’s most innovative companies is to deliver this year’s Sheffield Management Lecture.

Sir George Buckley, who was born in Pitsmoor, was chief executive, chairman and president of US-based 3M until his retirement from the company earlier this year.

He was the only British chief executive of a Fortune 500 company and the first non-American to be made head of 3M, which continually aims to make 30 per cent of its sales from products launched during the past four years.

George Buckley was born in 1947 and was inspired to study electrical engineering by working on what is now Sheffield Hallam University’s Owen Building as a teenager.

He studied at Sheffield Technical College, gained a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Huddersfield Polytechnic and a PhD in Engineering from Southampton University.

He left the UK for America at the age of 31 and, prior to joining 3M he was chief technology officer for the motors, drives, and appliances division of the Emerson Electric Company and chairman and chief executive of Brunswick Corporation, which manufactures sporting and fitness equipment, boats and marine engines.

Sir George is chairman of Arle Capital Partners, Expro Americas and Expro International Group, and has served as a director of Stanley Black & Decker and Pepsico, among other companies. The Sheffield Management Lecture takes place on Wednesday, June 12 at Sheffield Hallam University.