Sheila Chickene
Vice President Manufacturing
BASF Corporation
Iselin, NJ

“Manufacturing provides unending opportunities when life changes require flexibility and provides many different role possibilities; for a person that loves to learn and be challenged, no two days are ever the same; additionally, manufacturing provides rewarding opportunities to develop people not normally in anyone else’s focus.”

In addition to serving as vice president of manufacturing in the company’s catalyst business, Sheila serves as Chair of the North American Manufacturing Community Steering Committee, leading, via consensus and influence, the strategic direction of BASFs entire manufacturing community in North America. 
Sheila has quickly identified gaps in the organization’s regional manufacturing strategy and is working with the broader manufacturing community to address these gaps. Sheila has responsibility for more than 1,000 employees and achieved over $25M in operational excellence improvements in 2013. With Sheila's proven track record of aligning multiple sites around focused targets and objectives, her leadership will enable North America's 100 sites and multiple manufacturing organizations to succeed at a higher level.
Sheila has had a 25-year career in manufacturing across a range of roles. She earned her BS in industrial engineering from Bradley University and her MS in engineering management from University of Massachusetts Amherst.  With this background, Sheila has utilized tools such as Six Sigma and Lean manufacturing to increase operational excellence with her teams.  Sheila recently received her doctorate in management from the University of Maryland, focusing on organizational effectiveness and cultural integration of acquired/merged companies. 
What really distinguishes Sheila from her peers is her commitment to mentoring and developing others. Through personal development and study, she has honed her ability to take a team to the next level by teaching employees to trust and rely on each other to achieve their team targets.  Sheila's passion, commitment, and intellect are a great combination for mentoring others. Through her mentoring, she is able to influence team dynamics not only at work but also in organizations outside of her own.  In this way, she has a significant impact to the entire BASF organization.

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