Profiles in Leadership

Each month, we highlight manufacturing executives with ideas worth sharing, offering a unique story and a fresh approach to managing teams and operations in a transformative time.


US Steel Corp.
The exit end of the pickle line in the automated coil storage room, Big River.
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US Steel Bets on Mini-Mills, EV Motors for Near-Term Sustainability

July 24, 2023
The steelmaker is on target to reduce emissions 20% by 2030, says chief strategy/sustainability director Richard Fruehauf. Getting to net zero by 2050 has a lot more variables...
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PPG CEO: Keeping up with Aerospace Demand, Innovating Around Energy Use

July 5, 2023
Tim Knavish, with 36 years at the global paint and coatings company, is very familiar with its footprint. 'I try to get out on the frontlines where we make stuff as much as possible...
BMW Group
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‘We Transform While We Perform’: BMW Spartanburg Revs Up for the Shift to Electric

June 8, 2023
The president of BMW Manufacturing talks about the plant's $1.7 billion expansion and adding EVs to the assembly line.
Nora Toure
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Women in 3D Printing: ‘I Knew I Belonged in This Industry the Same Way Everyone Else Belonged’

May 1, 2023
How Nora Toure went from feeling like an outsider in Silicon Valley to building a community that now has 150 chapters around the world.
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Synergies for the Win: Mativ CEO on the Power of a Manufacturing Merger

Feb. 24, 2023
Julie Schertell brought together two specialty paper makers, Neenah and SMW, last year. Has she found $65 million in savings yet?


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eBook: Generation Now Leadership

Aug. 28, 2023
Manufacturing's young talent steps forward in this talent management guide from IndustryWeek.
Laura Putre
Navistar's Rod Spencer speaking at the San Antonio plant's grand opening in April.
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‘It’s Your Plant; It’s Your Responsibililty’

Aug. 29, 2022
In this segment of Profiles in Leadership, Navistar’s San Antonio plant director talks about the grassroots (and virtual) effort it to build and staff a 970,000-square-foot truck...
Guayente Sanmartin, left, and Mariona Company
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HP’s Power Women of 3D Printing

May 13, 2022
Guayente Sanmartin and Mariona Company talk about how their leadership styles have evolved and their “work with purpose,” from mass-produced sustainable packaging to adaptive ...
Alex Rodrigues, CEO of Embark

The CEO Who Gave Up His Salary to Pay It Forward

April 20, 2022
Alex Rodrigues, CEO of Embark Trucks, donated his 2022 salary and bonus to fund Little Robots.
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Employees at Stuckey's factory in Wrens, Georgia, make the iconic candies that will eventually bear the family company's name and logos.

Stuckey’s Sweet, Sweet Comeback

April 6, 2022
After decades of highs and lows for her family business, Stephanie Stuckey is spearheading the brand’s recent rebirth.