Archive: Executive Forum: Sustainability as a Value Creator and Growth Generator

Recorded On: 10/13/2016


“Sustainability is now a business imperative to ensure the long-term growth of manufacturing operations and the vitality of the communities in which they operate," said Christophe Beck, Ecolab executive vice president and president, Nalco Water, and a keynote speaker at the NAM's Leading Edge Executive Forum held in Chicago on October 13.

Ecolab sponsored the forum, which highlighted how sustainability commitments are transforming manufacturing and driving innovation and positive impacts for manufacturers, their employees and communities.

The forum featured a keynote presentation and discussion with Beck and Rob Bernard, chief environmental & cities strategist, Microsoft Corporation. NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray moderated the discussion.

A panel focusing on integrating sustainability into innovation featured Kirsten Lund-Jurgensen, vice president, innovative product portfolio management & consumer operations, Pfizer Global Supply; Charlene Wall-Warren, director, sustainability, BASF; Emilio Tenuta, vice president, corporate sustainability, Ecolab; and Heidi Brock, president & CEO, The Aluminum Association.

The second panel highlighted the growing demand for greater process efficiency and improved sustainability performance and featured Tenuta; Dr. Gregory Ludkovsky, vice president, head of research and development, ArcelorMittal; Bill Gill, assistant vice president, environmental affairs, Smithfield Foods; and Jamie Mackay, director, global environmental compliance & sustainability, Alcoa, Inc.

Tom Easterday, executive vice president, secretary and chief legal officer, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc., concluded the event with a discussion on the mission of sustainability and how essential it is to manufacturers.



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Christopher Beck

Executive Vice President and President, Nalco Water for Ecolab Inc.

In his current role, Beck leads Ecolab's Water and Process Services business, the global leader in industrial water treatment, which operates under the Nalco Water name. Nalco Water's solutions help companies operate more efficiently and increase productivity while minimizing water use. The business serves many industries, from primary metals, mining, paper, manufacturing, food processing and power generation to hotels, restaurants and hospitals.

Previously, Beck served as executive vice president and president, International Regions to ensure perfect local execution of global strategies, high performance of local and regional operations and continued alignment with the company's global integration efforts.

Prior to his International Regions role, Beck was executive vice president and president of Global Integration, overseeing the merger of Ecolab and Nalco. Beck's earlier roles at Ecolab include executive vice president, Institutional Sector; senior vice president and general manager, Institutional Foodservice – North America; and senior vice president, Corporate Marketing and Strategy.

Prior to joining Ecolab in 2007, Beck was senior executive at Nestlé for 16 years, where he ran major regional and global businesses out of several regions before leading the European corporate sales. Earlier in his career, he worked on a space shuttle project for the European Space Agency.

In 2006, Beck was nominated as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum for his accomplishments and commitment to shape a better world.

Beck holds a degree in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He also serves on the institution's strategic advisory board.

Rob Bernard

Chief Environmental & Cities Strategist, Microsoft

A 19-year Microsoft veteran, Rob Bernard is responsible for defining and implementing the global strategy for the company's environmental initiatives. Under his leadership, Microsoft has achieved carbon neutrality through a first-of-its-kind internal carbon fee.

With datacenters increasingly representing a growing portion of energy use, the company's commitment to increasing its use of solar, wind and hydro energy is a critical component of its sustainability strategy as well as its commitment to working with customers and partners to accelerate the use of technology to improve environmental outcomes.

Previously, Mr. Bernard was responsible for Microsoft's CityNext program which helps cities around the world leverage technology to realize safer, healthier, better educated and sustainable places for people to live and work. Prior to this role, Mr. Bernard was the general manager for the global Independent Software Vendor program, for which he managed teams supporting partnerships with over 50,000 software partners. Previous Microsoft experience includes heading up program management for early Office-based applications. Before joining Microsoft, he founded and ran his own real estate development company.

Mr. Bernard has an MBA from Wharton School of Business and an undergraduate degree from Columbia University. He brings a combination of personal and company passion, knowledge and experience to his role.

Heidi Biggs Brock

President & CEO, The Aluminum Association

Heidi Biggs Brock joined the Aluminum Association, based in Arlington, Virginia, as President in October 2011 and became CEO in October 2013. The Association's 111 members represent members represent 85 percent of primary and secondary U.S. aluminum producers, semi-fabricated product makers and industry suppliers. Members of the Association operate more than 200 facilities worldwide.

Before joining the Association, she was Vice-President of Federal and International Affairs leading the Washington D.C. office of Weyerhaeuser, a Fortune 500 company. Brock's positions over 18 years at Weyerhaeuser included Vice-President for e-Business, Director of Strategic Planning, and Manager for Government Affairs as well as nine years as a corporate officer.

Before joining Weyerhaeuser, she served on the staffs of former U.S. Senators Dan Evans and Slade Gorton.

Brock currently serves as a board director with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) as well Chairman and board director for the NAM's Council of Manufacturing Associations. In addition, she is a board member of the Carlton Club, and recently completed 5 years of service on the advisory council for the US-Japan Leadership Program.

Brock received a bachelor's degree in English literature and economics from the University of Puget Sound, and a master's degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University.

She is married to the Reverend Charles Brock and they have a son, Samuel.

Tom Easterday

Executive Vice President, Secretary and Chief Legal Officer, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.

Tom joined Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) in 1989 as Corporate Counsel, and has been promoted to various positions within SIA. He currently is SIA's Senior Executive Vice President, Secretary and Chief Legal Officer; and a Member of the Board of Directors.

Under his guidance, in 1998 SIA became the first auto assembly plant in the U.S. to achieve ISO14001 certification. Then, in 2002 SIA became the first auto assembly plant in the U.S. to have its entire site designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation; and in 2004 SIA became the first auto assembly plant in the U.S. to achieve zero-landfill status.

SIA has won several EPA Awards and Indiana Governor's Awards for its environmental stewardship; and SIA was recognized as the “Greenest Manufacturing Plant in America" in 2011. SIA has also been featured in numerous television segments and major publications for its environmental stewardship.

Tom serves as a Director for a variety of organizations, including the: Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Past Chairman), Indiana Automotive Council (Past Chairman), Japan-America Society of Indiana (Past President), IU Health, National Association of Manufacturers and the Lafayette Parks Foundation. He is also the Chairman of the Sustainability Committee for the Boy Scouts of America.

He has been a speaker at numerous conferences on legal, business and environmental matters; and has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2009 Excellence in Manufacturing Innovation Award.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University.

Bill Gill

Assistant Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods

Bill graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Bill has worked for Smithfield Foods for 25+ years, holding various project engineering and environmental positions. He is currently Assistant Vice President Environmental Affairs and is responsible for Smithfield's EMS/ISO14001, sustainability metrics collection and compilation, CSR Report development, compliance auditing, environmental training, and technical support for company operations.

Bill is a current member of the North American Meat Institute (AMI) Environmental and Sustainability Committee and Board Chairman for the Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI). Bill is also a current participant in the PMMI OPX Sustainability Solutions Group and a Board member of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. He has been a member of the Environment Virginia Symposium Advisory Committee for several years.

Dr. Gregory Ludkovsky

Vice President, Head of Research and Development, ArcelorMittal

Gregory started his career in Russia as a researcher in the field of solid state physics. In 1979, he was hired by East Chicago, Indiana, Research Laboratory operated by the Inland Steel Company, which was purchased by Mittal Steel in 1998.

Mr Ludkovsky progressed through the research and development (R&D) department to become vice president of R&D in 1995. In 1998, he was named chief technology officer for Ispat International and, later, for Mittal Steel Company. He later became vice president of global R&D for ArcelorMittal.

He holds two dozen patents and is an author of numerous publications in the field of physical metallurgy.

Jamie K. Mackay, PE

Director, Global Environmental Compliance & Sustainability, Alcoa, Inc.

Jamie Mackay has spent her entire professional career with Alcoa in various engineering, manufacturing, and environmental, health, safety & sustainability positions. She worked directly in the smelting, power generation, alumina, rolling, extrusion, powder & pigments, and automotive businesses in leadership roles.Jamie currently directs Alcoa's global environmental compliance function to resolve regulatory compliance issues to achieve sustainable compliance, as well as provide strategic leadership and direction to Alcoa's global sustainability initiatives, including external reporting (such as the Alcoa Annual Sustainability Report, CDP and DJSI questionnaires, and GHG reporting). Jamie has a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Indiana.

Kirsten Lund-Jurgensen

Vice President, Innovative Product Portfolio Management, Pfizer Global Supply

Kirsten Lund-Jurgensen has been with Pfizer since 1999, holding Vice Presidential roles in Global Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Operations, and Product and Portfolio Management. She has been a member of the Pfizer Global Supply (PGS) Executive Team since 2000. As a PGS Leader, she has been a member of several commercial leadership teams including Consumer Healthcare, Specialty Care, Primary Care, Established Products, Vaccines, Oncology and Consumer (VOC), Global Innovative Pharma (GIP), and now Innovative Health (IH).

Prior to Pfizer, Kirsten Lund-Jurgensen worked for SmithKline Beecham from 1987-1999. Several plant operational and functional roles in Germany and Australia ultimately prepared her for her roles as VP European Contractor Management and VP of Global Strategic Planning in the US.

Ms. Lund-Jurgensen has chaired Pfizers Environmental Sustainability Council since 2009 and was elected to the Pfizer Foundation Board in 2008.

A pharmacist by training, she holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Biology from Freiburg University in Germany.

Emilio Tenuta

Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Ecolab

Emilio Tenuta's 30-year tenure at Ecolab, includes 25 years of technical and marketing management experience in various industries including Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Lodging, Healthcare, Primary Metals and Automotive. In the past five years Tenuta has led Ecolabs strategic sustainability journey focused on corporate responsibility, internal environmental stewardship and helping customers operate more sustainably.

Tenuta is actively involved in advancing sustainability practices. He sits on the National Restaurant Association CONSERVE sustainability advisory council. He is also an active member of several industry organizations, including Practice Greenhealth, Net Impact and the sustainability work group for the World Travel and Tourism Council. Over the past four years, Tenuta has forged strong partnerships with a number of NGOs to support management of water and energy risks in the industrial sector, including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), UN CEO Water Mandate, The Nature Conservancy and World Economic Forum (WEF).

Tenuta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Masters Degree in Business from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

Charlene Wall-Warren

Sustainability Director, BASF

As Sustainability Director for BASF in North America, Charlene Wall-Warren leads a team working across the organization to bring BASFs corporate purpose We create chemistry for a sustainable future to life: by further integrating sustainability in business strategies, engaging employees, and collaborating with customers, value chain partners and other external stakeholders. Charlene's roles over the last 24 years include project engineering, process and safety design for manufacturing facilities, business & strategy development, marketing communications, packaging, and life cycle assessment touching industries as diverse as petrochemicals, construction, automotive, food, and personal care. She has been a Board member for Sustainable Brands, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, The Sustainability Consortium and serves as a Chair for the Green Sports Alliance. Charlene holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Welcome Remarks

  • Heidi Brock, President & CEO, The Aluminum Association and Chair of the NAM Council of Manufacturing Associations

Keynote Presentation

Theme: What if we looked at sustainability as not only "minimizing impact," but as a means to optimizing results? What if we stopped treating sustainability as a reactive risk management strategy, and instead made it the foundation of proactive strategies that enable business growth? The NAM's programming on Proactive Sustainability and Resource Efficiency will high-light how sustainability can be a driver for next-generation products, more efficient operations, increased profitability - and capturing the hearts and minds of employees.

  • Christophe Beck, Executive Vice President and President, Nalco Water, Ecolab
  • Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental & Cities Strategist, Microsoft Corporation
  • Moderator:Chad Moutray, Chief Economist, NAM

Panel: Integrating Sustainability into Innovation

  • Kirsten Lund-Jurgensen, Vice President Innovative Product Portfolio Management & Consumer Operations, Pfizer Global Supply
  • Charlene Wall, Director, Sustainability, BASF
  • Emilio Tenuta, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability for Ecolab
  • Moderators:Heidi Brock, President & CEO, The Aluminum Association and Chair of the NAM Council of Manufacturing Associations

Panel: Sustainability in Operations: Driving Efficiency and Enabling

  • Greg Ludkovsky, Vice President, Global Head of Research and Development, ArcelorMittal
  • Bill Gill, AVP Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods
  • Jamie MacKay, Director, Global Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, Arconic
  • Moderator:Emilio Tenuta, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability for Ecolab

Closing Presentation

  • Tom Easterday, Executive Vice President, Secretary and Chief Legal Officer, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.
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