Ms. Welke held executive positions for more than 25 years at 3M Corporation where she last served as Group Vice President of its Medical Markets Group. During her tenure at 3M, she also had significant international experience, having served as Managing Director of 3M France for four years and previously as the European Healthcare Group Product Director headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. She is retired and currently serves as a director of Millipore Corporation (NYSE: MIL).
“We are very pleased to have a person of Karen’s caliber join our Board of Directors,” said Walter Loewenbaum, 3D Systems’ Chairman. “Karen brings a unique blend of business experience that we expect to enhance the range of skills and expertise within our Board of Directors.”
“The addition of Karen Welke to our Board underscores our commitment and drive to improving all aspects of our business,” said Abe Reichental, 3D Systems’ President and CEO. “The medical systems’ sector is of great interest to our company and its future growth plans, particularly in the areas of 3-D Printing and Direct Digital Manufacturing. We expect that Karen’s extensive industry experience, coupled with her comprehensive strategic, operating and international background, will make her a valuable addition to our Board.”
About 3D Systems
3D Systems is a leading provider of 3-D Modeling, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing solutions. Its systems and materials reduce the time and cost of designing products and facilitate direct and indirect manufacturing by creating actual parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used for design communication and prototyping as well as for production of functional end-use parts: Transform your products.