With many years of industry experience behind her Linda Katz is a strong choice to lead the PMA. Sarah Houlton reports
PMA’s new president, Linda Katz, is steeped in the plastics world – her father ran an injection moulding company in Wisconsin, and she worked there as a press operator in the summers during her time as a mechanical engineering and materials science student at Duke University. ‘I loved the interface between human and machine, and really liked making a tangible product,’ she said.
The manufacturing management training programme at GE – where she met her husband Mike – led to an MBA at Harvard Business School, and after time at Cummins Engines and then Fleetguard Filters (now Cummins Filtration), they started a family and returned to Wisconsin, where her husband worked with her father for a time.
And a search for a company of her own to buy began – specifically a converter. One of PMA’s founders, Jay Meili, was looking to sell Molded Dimensions so he could retire, and in 2001 Katz became its owner and chief executive; her husband also works there. ‘I own 63% of the company, and the employees own the remaining 37%,’ she said. ‘Molded Dimensions is proud to be both woman-owned and employee-owned.’
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