Victoria M. Holt
Independent Director since: 2013
Victoria Holt joined Proto Labs, Inc. as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director in 2014, retiring in 2021. With manufacturing facilities in five countries, Proto Labs is a leading e-commerce technology enabled digital manufacturer of custom prototypes and on-demand product parts.
Ms. Holt began her career at Monsanto Company, where she held various assignments of increasing responsibility before moving to Solutia, Inc., a divestiture of the Monsanto Company’s chemical business, as Vice President and General Manager Performance Films. Ms. Holt later held various roles with PPG Industries, Inc., a leading coatings and specialty products company, including Senior Vice President of Glass and Fiber Glass. Ms. Holt then served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Spartech Corporation, a leading provider of plastic sheet, compounds and packaging products, until its sale to PolyOne in 2013.
Ms. Holt has a diverse international business background serving a wide spectrum of customers looking for sustainable solutions across diverse end markets including plastics, materials, automotive, medical, aerospace, consumer and general industrial. Ms. Holt brings passion and extensive experience in the areas of sustainable innovation, environmental solutions, plastics operations and management and recycling to WM’s Board. Ms. Holt’s proven success leading large global companies across a broad range of manufacturing, chemical and materials industries has demonstrated her deep understanding of risk management, operations, strategic planning and performance measurement. Ms. Holt provides tremendous insight into the areas of continuous improvement, use of data analytics, e-commerce, digitally connected operations and execution of WM’s technology-led, sustainability-linked strategy to grow our business and mitigate climate risks.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Duke University and a master’s degree in business administration from Pace University.
Ms. Holt also serves as a director of Piper Sandler Companies, deepening her expertise with respect to capital markets and financial services, and she is a director of A.O. Smith Corp., a leading global manufacturer of water heaters and boilers. Ms. Holt has developed expertise in corporate governance as a member of other public and private company boards of directors, and she shares this expertise with WM's Board in her position as Chair of the Nominating & Governance Committee.
She also serves on the board of trustees of Dunwoody College. Ms. Holt has completed the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Cyber Risk Oversight Program and earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight.