Monish Patolawala

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Monish Patolawala

, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Transformation Officer


With more than 25 years of extensive experience leading the financial operations of industrial and healthcare businesses, Monish Patolawala, 3M’s executive vice president and chief financial and transformation officer, understands what it takes to drive profitable growth in an ever-changing environment.


“To effectively drive growth, it is important to keep the customer at the center of everything we do. It begins with actively listening and then relentlessly working to deliver outcomes to solve customer problems,” says Monish.


Monish joined 3M as senior vice president and chief financial officer in July 2020 and was drawn to the company for its history of innovation, ethics and global reach.


“3M is not only a world leader in innovation but was built on a foundation of strong ethics, customer centricity, a global mindset and a deep and diverse team,” says Monish.


Prior to 3M, Monish spent 26 years at GE where he held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility across GE’s businesses. As vice president of operational transformation, he led the company’s transformation initiatives driving operating rigor and lean management across the company. Most recently he served as CFO of GE Healthcare. Prior to GE, Monish gained experience at A.F. Ferguson & Co, a former KPMG affiliate.
Monish is a certified chartered accountant and a certified cost accountant from the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce in Bangalore, India.


Outside of work, Monish enjoys reading, music, watching cricket, playing tennis or badminton and spending time with his family.

“Leadership is all about making a positive impact on another person’s life. Leaders should serve their employees by finding ways to help them achieve their potential by being fully committed to their growth. To do this we need to be open to new ideas, be empathetic, listen well, celebrate diversity, be transparent and set clear goals.”