Barbara Fochtman
Global Operations Director
FMC Corporation

"My passion in manufacturing stems from producing something for our customers in the safest, most efficient way and having a sense of accomplishment. Solving problems in the world of manufacturing is extremely satisfying. The drive for continuous improvement and meeting targets and challenges never before achieved is extremely rewarding."

Barbara is a trail blazer and a role model for her peers. After graduating from the University of Texas, she quickly progressed from plant process engineer to plant manager, distinguishing herself by improving operations, optimizing production processes and cost models. She has become a leader throughout the organization, balancing technical skills with leadership talents that drive business results.  Over time, Barbara transformed the Sales & Operations Planning process, a global effort involving change in both culture and process. The new process now enables continuous improvement in regional and global S&OP while aligning demand, supply, and financial plans. Barbara’s leadership resulted in the implementation of an advanced planning system and processes. 
As a woman in a male-dominated field, Barbara’s focus is in giving back and leading other women to find their own path. She mentors several women, focusing on those in the company’s manufacturing facilities who want to move into management. Her friendly, understated attitude, ever-present genuine smile, and approachability are character traits that others hope to learn from and emulate.
She is also passionate about giving back to the community. Among many other efforts, Barbara has been part of FMC Philanthropy, launching the program and working to make a difference in the Philadelphia community. As a result of her team’s efforts, the company implemented a “Philabundance” program, significantly increasing United Way’s involvement to become one of the biggest contributors in the Philadelphia region.  

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