Episode 373: Manufacturing Matters: Workforce Challenges Faced By Global Manufacturers

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Today’s Episode

Susan Sweeney, President of GGB, engages in a broad-based discussion of workforce challenges faced by global manufacturers. Dr Sweeney discusses the general U.S. manufacturing human capital problem and then focuses on her specific company issues. She describes a number of the workforce development programs and initiatives at GGB. The final part of the interview focuses on the educational system and its adequacy for the rapidly evolving manufacturing workplace.

Today's Guest

Dr. Susan E. Sweeney
Dr. Susan E. Sweeney

Dr. Sweeney is a senior executive leader with extensive experience leading complex business teams in Europe, North America and Asia. She is currently president of GGB, a material science company that invents and produces engineered products globally and is headquartered in Annecy, France.

With over 35 years experience in the field of manufacturing, she is able to quickly assess critical business functions and operations to achieve extraordinary results. Susan combines strategic vision, operational expertise and technical curiosity to lead change and transform businesses across the globe. Her passion is unleashing potential by connecting people and ideas and believes today’s complex and quickly changing environment requires a different kind of leadership model.

Susan holds an EdD in Organizational Leadership and Innovation, a MBA with a focus on union relations and negotiations and a BA in

Economics. She has participated in IMD’s Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is an adjunct professor at Wilmington University and Stockton University and an Executive in Residence at the McColl School of Business at Queens University.

Susan lives in Delaware (USA) with her husband and has two sons currently attending university.