Chief Executive Officer
Vicki has more than 34 years of experience in world-class manufacturing companies in various executive and roles. She currently serves as President & CEO of Proto Labs (NYSE PRLB), a leading online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer of custom parts for prototyping and short run production. Proto Labs provides “Real Parts, Really Fast” to product developers worldwide who are under increasing pressure to bring their finished products to market faster than their competition. The company utilizes computer numerical control (CNC) machining, injection molding, and additive manufacturing to manufacturer custom parts for our customers. With operations in the United States, Europe, and Japan, the company is services the largest geographic markets where product developers are located.
Previously, she served as President and CEO of Spartech Corporation, a $1.2 billion NYSE company focused on delivering sustainable plastic solutions to customers in the sheet, compounding and packaging markets. Vicki successfully sold Spartech Corporation to a strategic buyer, PolyOne Corporation in March, 2013, delivering significant shareholder value and providing synergies for the business to accelerate its business transformation. Vick is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Waste Management, Houston, TX, and Watlow Electric, St. Louis, MO. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
Prior to joining Spartech Vicki was the Senior Vice President of PPG’s Glass and Fiber Glass division where she was responsible for $2 billion of global sales of glass and fiber glass products into a broad set of end use markets including commercial and residential construction, renewable energy, automotive, energy infrastructure, appliance and consumer products. Vicki was a frequent international traveler visiting the more than 20 sales offices and manufacturing operations located across North America, Europe, and Asia.
Vicki started her career in 1979 as a sales representative with Monsanto Company in New York. She worked for 23 years in numerous positions at Monsanto Company culminating as Vice President Acrilan and its spinoff company, Solutia. She was the Vice President of Performance Films at Solutia before joining PPG in 2003. She has moved several times in her career with several assignments at the St. Louis headquarters of Monsanto and Solutia.
Vicki earned a chemistry degree from Duke University and received a Masters of Business Administration from Pace University. Vicki is passionate about sustainability and is exploring opportunities to pursue her passion and make further contributions.
Vicki and her husband Curt live in Wayzata, MN. Curt has a doctorate in molecular biology who has retired from research for a career in landscape design and holding down the fort while Vicki travels. She has two children, Lauren, 26 and Matt, 24. She enjoys gardening, exercising and cooking.
Vicki is disciplined and balanced and believes you lead best through effective communication and a flexible approach to each challenge you and your team face. She notes that a leader must also be able to engage hearts, not just minds, of those you lead. Vicki’s foundation is a set of values that begins with integrity and respect for people and, then be an avid listener and learner. From there, rely on the strength of diversity and trust in the people around you as you work together to help the business reach its highest potential.