James E. DeVries (Jim) was named a Corporate Vice President and Executive Officer of Nordson Corporation in November 2011. DeVries serves as Nordson’s Vice President, Global Continuous Improvement, reporting directly to Nordson President and CEO Michael F. Hilton. DeVries’ current responsibilities include leadership of a global team tasked with setting productivity goals, defining key metrics, ensuring overall process consistency across the company, and leading large enterprise step-change projects.
Prior to being named Vice President of Global Continuous Improvement in October 2010, DeVries held a variety of operational and engineering positions with increasing responsibilities during his 25 year career at Nordson. As Adhesive Dispensing Systems Vice President, North America and China Engineering & Operations, he was responsible for two Nordson facilities being selected as winners in IndustryWeek magazine’s prestigious Best Plants competition. Nordson’s plants were recognized for excellence in operational improvements, agile production systems, supplier partnerships, customer focus, employee empowerment, quality systems, management practices, proactive environmental and safety practices, and manufacturing capability. DeVries also previously served as Vice President of Adhesives Dispensing Systems’ nonwovens product line and as a systems engineering manager.
He began his Nordson career in 1985 as an engineer in the company’s Industrial Coating Systems segment. DeVries earned an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University.