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3M Canada announces new president


February 24, 2020
By Kristina Urquhart
Kristina Urquhart

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3M Canada has appointed a new president in Penny Wise, who takes over from Lars Hanseid.

Hanseid is moving to London, U.K. to become 3M’s vice-president of EMEA corporate affairs and governance, and managing director of 3M North Europe Region.

Wise, who began her career at the 3M Canada head office in London, Ontario, brings more than 20 years of international experience at 3M to her new role.

“I am so thrilled and proud to be returning to Canada,” says Wise in a statement.

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“It’s an exciting time to be re-joining 3M Canada and I look forward to working alongside the incredible team here to continue creating and elevating exceptional customer experiences.”

Wise has held a variety of senior leadership roles at 3M; in business, commercialization, brand and corporate marketing.

In her most recent role, which was based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Wise led 3M’s largest business as global marketing director of the safety and industrial business group.

In 2015, as the 3M International marketing director and chief branding officer, Wise was instrumental in successfully launching a new global tagline for the company known as “3M Science. Applied to Life” and has been responsible for several successful, award-winning marketing transformation projects at the company.

Wise holds an MBA from York University, with a specialization in marketing. She also holds a Lean Black Belt in Six Sigma.