Information, insights, and advice for ACS industry members
March 25, 2020
 
 
 
As Alexa Dembek, DuPont’s Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer put it, “… we have not faced a crisis as multifaceted as COVID-19 in generations.” Indeed. Which is why we asked executives in several industries to let us know what they have learned so far about moving their businesses forward in the face of such an overwhelming, complex, and dynamic challenge.

My thanks to Alexa Dembek, DSM’s Marcus Remmers, Pfizer’s Charlotte Allerton, ExxonMobil’s Vijay Swarup, and Genentech’s Wendy Young for escaping the crucible long enough to share their thoughts with ACS Industry Matters readers.
 
John C. Katz
Executive Editor
 
 
Presumably there is no playbook on your bookshelf labeled, “Open in case of Global Pandemic.” What have you learned to-date about moving your business forward in the face of an exceptionally disruptive ‘black swan’ event?
Marcus Remmers, Chief Technology Officer, DSM
Chief Technology Officer,
DSM
"First and foremost, your employees’ well-being should be..." Read More
 
 
"In the face of this unprecedented healthcare challenge, the well-being of our colleagues, their families and... " Read More
Charlotte Allerton, Head of Medicine Design, Pfizer
Head of Medicine Design,
Pfizer
 
 
Vijay Swarup, Vice President of Research and Development, ExxonMobil
Vijay Swarup
Vice President of Research and Development,
ExxonMobil
"The quick rise and spread of COVID-19 around the globe had shown us just how interconnected we have become as..." Read More
 
 
"During any crisis – I have a motto: put people first. It is..." Read More
Alexa Dembek, Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer, DuPont
Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer,
DuPont
 
 
Wendy Youmg, Vice President of Small Molecule Drug Discovery, Genentech
Senior Vice President of Small Molecule Drug Discovery,
Genentech
"One of the most important things we’ve learned is something we already knew..." Read More
 
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