Debora Fronczak
VP, Engineering

“My passion for manufacturing is fueled by the connectivity of diverse people, ideas, processes, technology and customer needs. This connectivity creates a culture at 3M that enables innovation and relevance to our customers.”

As Vice President of Engineering at 3M, Debora oversees $1.4 billion of capital spending with an operating budget of $178 million and projects at more than 250 sites around the world. Throughout her 28-year tenure with 3M, Debora has served in various capacities including as Engineering Director and Manufacturing Director for 3M Electronics Markets and Materials Division. Her strong ties to manufacturing sites across the U.S. were established when she worked as a project engineer and a manufacturing engineer. During this time, she installed major assets for particulate emission control to drive sustainability, and led a plant effort to become ISO40001 certified.

Currently, she and her team are working to launch disruptive technology that will deliver hundreds of millions in savings over 5 years to enable growth, operational improvements and innovative new products.

She is deeply invested in supporting women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP), and currently sponsors the Engineering Women's Group. This group, comprised of 80 female leaders, coordinates mentoring, hiring events and outreach with local schools to increase the number of female engineers at 3M. Her leadership has been integral to other initiatives including 3M’s Women's Leadership Forum and a "Lean in Circle" focused on developing women and improving inclusion. In addition to sponsoring DiscoverE, a volunteer group that works with local schools in STEP-related activities, Debora sponsors the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and coordinates the SWE recruiting conference on the behalf of 3M. In partnership with 3Mgives, Debora helped launch a Signature Initiative to build tomorrow's skilled workforce which provided $1.3 million in grants to 16 high schools and 4 trade schools in 2017. Described by her mentees as an “exemplary role model,” Debora also actively mentors women and men within the organization.

Debora is passionate about working in the community. Besides being active in volunteer activities through the United Way, she serves on the board and finance committee of Breakthrough Twin Cities (BTC) and has coached multiple youth sports, including her daughter’s traveling basketball team and her son’s traveling hockey team.

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