STEM Professional of the week

Héctor Marmolejo Garcia      
Kimberly Clark Corporation

Now an accomplished corporate professional with a decade of distinguished performance in the personal care industry, Hector Marmolejo Garcia was born in Torreon in the Mexican state of Coahuila, with a determination to succeed. 

Hector knew early on that a career in engineering would be his chosen profession. However, he understood that his parents did not have the financial means to support his college education and that in order to continue his education he would need a stellar high school performance in order to earn an academic scholarship - and that he did.  After graduating from high school, Hector was accepted into the Chemical Engineering program at the Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla, Mexico, on a full scholarship. By 2001, Hector had earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and was offered an engineering position at Kimberly-Clark in Mexico – one of the leaders in providing essentials and innovative products for a better life.  One of his first major responsibilities was to support and lead process activities for the installation of a $10MM Personal Care converting line that had projected net sales of more than $70MM per year. After two years of leading that particular process team, Hector was transferred to the Nonwovens Business Unit to lead and support a $20MM capital investment of the high-performance materials. 

Based on his impressive abilities and tremendous results in Mexico, Hector was offered a life changing opportunity that would require him to leave his beloved hometown. Kimberly-Clark in Hendersonville, North Carolina was interested in Hector and offered him a position, which meant he and his young family would begin a new life in the United States. Set on making a difference in corporate America, Hector recognized that this change was also a valuable way to gain international experience and continue to leverage his technical, engineering and managing skills that he could then implement into improvement programs in different cultural environments. Since arriving to the U.S., Hector has maintained a steady growth up the corporate ladder and in 2014 was promoted to Product Supply Leader, where he currently provides leadership, coordination and direction to ensure nonwoven material supply for the Adult and Feminine Care Sector within the company. To date, Hector continues to drive operating profit, contribute to multimillion dollar capital expansions and commercialize innovative materials globally.

Hector has worked in multiple business areas and countries across Kimberly-Clark and has significantly contributed to the growth and profit of the corporation through his innovative activities and participation in employee networks. Hector has been an active participant in volunteer events to raise  money and support the youth Hispanic community in Henderson County, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. He is actively involved in The Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity and The Sandy Springs Education Force. Most recently, Hector enrolled in the “Launch with a Leader” program as  part of the Sandy Springs Charter Middle School System with the intent of sharing his life experiences and in the process inspire and motivate middle school students to continue their education and achieve their dreams. 

Hector currently resides in Johns Creek, Georgia with his wife Marcela and two young daughters.

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