Retail Connect

Retail Connect 2018

Innovation and Leadership in an Era of Disruption

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

6:00 PM Registration and Reception | 6:45-8:30 PM Program
McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall

Featured Speaker

H. C. (Hak Cheol) Shin, Vice Chair and Executive Vice President 3M Research & Development, Supply Chain Operations, Business Transformation & I.T., Business Development & Marketing-Sales

Drawing on his extensive global experience—including six years as head of 3M’s international operations—Shin will share his perspective on the fast-changing world and evolving technology landscape. He will also discuss his leadership principles while offering insights on how 3M is transforming to meet the needs of its customers and the marketplace.


6:00 PM
Registration & Reception, Memorial Hall
6:45 PM
Program Welcome + Table Talk
7:10 PM
Keynote Presentation
7:55 PM
Table Talk
8:05 PM
8:30 PM
Event Ends | Open Networking and Guest Departures


Tickets are free to all participants thanks to our sponsors. Advanced registration is requested.


About the Speaker

HC Shin

By education and upbringing, H.C. (Hak Cheol) Shin has gained global perspective and experience that he puts to daily use as 3M’s vice chair and executive vice president. In this role, he leads critical 3M functions including research and development, strategy and business development, supply chain operations, and information technology. Business transformation, which is enabling 3M to serve customers with even greater agility and efficiency, is also part of his responsibilities.

Born in Chungju, South Korea, H.C. earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Seoul National University. Just a few years later, he launched a career with 3M that has spanned upwards of three decades – and two continents. He began as a technical service supervisor with 3M Korea in 1984. He went on to become a sales and marketing manager for two divisions, then a business group manager, where he came to value meaningful customer relationships. Throughout his career, H.C. has made it a priority to dedicate a significant portion of his time to listening to customers' challenges, and learning all he can about their businesses.

He eventually moved to 3M Philippines in 1995 to become managing director. H.C. takes a measure of pride in the three years he ran 3M Philippines, which overcame regional challenges to double its sales. After his Philippines assignment, he ran three operating divisions at 3M’s headquarters in Minnesota. Then H.C. assumed the role of executive vice president of 3M’s Industrial and Transportation Business in 2005, the position he held until 2011 when he was named executive vice president for International Operations. In July 2017, he was appointed vice chair and executive vice president, reporting directly to 3M chairman, president and CEO Inge Thulin. H.C.’s background has provided broad experience in different geographies, markets and businesses around the globe.

3M puts core strengths to work to overcome challenges across the world. “Not many companies can claim the depth and breadth of our technologies, our manufacturing intricacies, our supply chain capability, the capabilities of our global reach – or our integrity,” H.C. says. “Our people underlie all of it, and you soon realize that our people are what make 3M such a strong company.”

H.C.’s deep-rooted curiosity about the world extends to his off-work hours. When he's not in the office, he can be found reading everything from analyses of recent political dynamics to historical novels set in China. He is also active with his church and organizations that support Asian adoptees.

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Table sponsorship is $100 (payable through the online registration process) and includes four seats at a table marked with your company’s name (no logo).

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This annual event is held each fall semester. Presented by the University of Minnesota College of Design's Retail Merchandising Program and Advisory Board.

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