Roger H.D. Lacey



Roger Lacey

Roger H. D. Lacey is a former Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development for 3M. He was the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global M&A with 72 transactions worth over $5B. In addition Roger was a member of the Corporate Venture Capital Board, for internal and external new venture investments. He is Vice Chairman of Communications Systems, Inc. JCS (Nasdaq ) and presently Interim CEO. A Board Member of Johnsonville Sausage Corp, a leading US food company, Member of the Board of Governors for Opus Business School, University of St. Thomas, Visiting Professor of Strategy and Corporate Development, Huddersfield University and a founding member of the Innovation Lab at MIT.



Vice Chairman of the Board

Communication Systems Inc

September 2013 – Present (10 months)

Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Visiting Professor

Corporate Strategy and Development

University of Huddersfield

September 2013 – Present (10 months)


Board Member

Johnsonville Sausage

August 2013 – Present (11 months)

Sheboygan, Wisconsin Area


Member of Compensation Committee Vice Chairman 

Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation

January 2008 – Present (6 years 6 months)

Minneapolis, MN


Board Member and Chair of Finance & Investment Committee Board Member

University of Saint Thomas, OPUS Business School

March 2010 – Present (4 years 4 months)

Minneapolis, MN Strategic


Board of Governors Board Member

Communications Systems, Inc.

July 2008 – September 2013 (5 years 3 months)

Minneapolis, MN


Board Member and Member of the Audit, Compensation and Governors Committees, 

Senior Vice President


January 2000 – August 2013 (13 years 8 months)

St. Paul, MN

Responsible for 3M's overall strategy, M&A, and corporate development reporting to the CEO. In this capacity, specific accountability for the following:

  • Acquisition, integration, and performance for more than 80 M&A transactions representing more than $8 Billion in investment

  • Strategic planning across 38 divisions and 5 major business groups

  • Member of 3M's Corporate Venture Capital Board

Vice President and General Manager


January 1989 – January 2000 (11 years 1 month)

Austin, Texas

Responsible for 3M's Global Telecommunication Business. In this period revenues were increased from $340M to more than $1 Billion in annual sales. Telecommunications had 3000 employees worldwide and sales in more than 100 countries.


General Manager, 3M United Kingdom Electro/Telcom


January 1987 – January 1989 (2 years 1 month)

United Kingdom General Manager for 3M UK responsible for 50M British Pounds and more than 250 employees.