Kim VanGelder (2015)
Kim VanGelder joined Kodak in 1984. In 2004, she was appointed Chief Information Officer. The Board of Directors elected her a corporate vice president in 2004 and senior vice president in 2014. She reports to Chief Executive Officer Jeff Clarke.
VanGelder’s early responsibilities included leading the Corporate group responsible for defining Kodak’s global IT architecture and standards. In 1996, she was appointed Director of the Global ERP Competency Center, where she built the organization responsible for supporting Kodak’s worldwide SAP implementation. In 2000, she was appointed Director of Information Technology for Kodak’s Research & Development organization, where she was responsible for the strategic and operational aspects of IT for worldwide R&D. In addition to her role as CIO, in 2007 she was asked to lead a set of initiatives focused on the transformation of key business processes across the company. In 2011, she assumed the additional role of Director of Worldwide Customer Operations, responsible for driving a more customer-centric, streamlined, and information-enabled go-to-market operating model.
VanGelder holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a member of RIT’s Board of Trustees, the Dean’s Council for RIT’s Golisano College, and the Board of Directors of the Rochester Area Community Foundation.
Eastman Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging.
We provide hardware, software, consumables and services to customers in graphic arts, commercial print, publishing, packaging, electronic displays, entertainment and commercial films, and consumer products markets.
With our world-class R&D capabilities, innovation solutions portfolio, and highly trusted brand, Kodak is helping customers around the globe to sustainably grow their businesses and enjoy their lives.
Though Kodak has mostly been known for its historic role in photography, the company has served imaging needs of numerous industries since the early 1900s. Kodak’s current portfolio is based on deep technological expertise developed over the years in materials science, deposition and digital imaging science.
Using this expertise, the company that delivered the first roll film and the first digital camera is now delivering leading solutions for today’s business customers.
Today we are building new growth businesses based on our technology and the value of the Kodak brand.
These days there is a surprising number of people who don’t know the Kodak story. For those who remember, the yellow Kodak box once held the moments and memories that our smartphones and computers do today. Our name was synonymous with photography and brand recognition on the scale of Nike and Coca-Cola. But long before that, it was our founder George Eastman who used science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to revolutionize the world’s relationship with images.
Mr. Eastman understood the power of these academic disciplines more than anybody. He also understood that the real agents of change were the people who used STEM to make the breakthroughs that helped Kodak become one of the biggest brands in history.
George Eastman began giving to academic institutions when his salary was $60 a week — with a donation of $50 to the Mechanics Institute of Rochester, now the Rochester Institute of Technology.
He was an admirer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) because he had hired some of its graduates, who had become his best assistants. Eventually this led to an anonymous gift of $20 million to M.I.T. from a “Mr. Smith,” later revealed to be Mr. Eastman himself.
His generosity was not just altruistic – it was pragmatic. By supporting schools focused on education in STEM, Eastman enriched the well from which he drew some of Kodak’s greatest minds. With this focus he built one of the worlds greatest and most memorable companies.
And despite the challenges of the last few years, Kodak has never waivered in its dedication to supporting STEM in academia. Thanks to our visionary founder, it’s who we are and who we’ve always been.
As Kodak’s Chief Information Officer, I see the minds that speak the language of STEM drive innovation every day.
This is no more apparent than at the Kodak Research Labs where we are dedicated to supporting the development of the next generation of practicing scientists. We regularly invite advanced degree (Ph.D.) candidates to work side by side with our research scientists for 10 to 16 weeks. During this time candidates focus on chemistry, materials science, device physics and computational science in a hands-on research setting. Time and time again we’ve heard just how invaluable these hands-on experiences can be for students.
Kodak’s Research Labs are headed by Dr. Nancy Ferris, who joined Kodak after receiving her Ph.D. degree in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout her career, Nancy has also personally supported STEM educational initiatives for young women at the high school level and continues to serve as an advisor to the Chemistry Department at the University of Texas at Austin.
Kodak also supports the development of scientists and engineers through a long-standing Kodak sponsored fellowship program at Stanford University. Selected Ph.D. candidates are working on new STEM related research topics in areas as diverse as multi-media information processing, organic semi-conducting films and protein hydro-gels for drug delivery. Our relationship with Stanford and other universities provides a great opportunity for soon-to-be professionals to see real world challenges and face them.
Beyond PhD level commitments, we have several volunteers from our research and development department that help students on the FIRST Robotics teams as mentors during the plan & build phases as well as being there during the competition. In fact, our Chief Technology Officer Terry Taber continues to serve on the Executive Advisory Board for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Finger Lakes Region.
Terry also serves as Chair of Roberts Wesleyan College Board and leader of the Board effort to expand Science & Nursing schools through modern lab facility including virtual (simulation) labs for nursing.
Additionally, as we rebuild and develop our talent pipeline, we are focusing on building a diverse pool of candidates both at the college and mid-career level. Indeed, a diversity of thoughts, ideas, perspectives, and experiences truly leads to excellence in innovation. Throughout Kodak’s history, this is always been the case. Our goal today is to have a more integrated approach where diversity and inclusion are truly part of our culture. Diverse perspectives enrich science and are critical to creating innovative solutions.
You see, STEM isn’t just about hiring people with a background in science, technology, engineering and math. It’s about supporting institutions that develop brilliant minds, just as Mr. Eastman did more than 100 years ago. As a Trustee for the Rochester Institute of Technology, I have the opportunity to continue our tradition of linking our company with great minds in academia. By finding ways to support diverse students in STEM, we position ourselves to meet the challenges of our world.
Kodak is ready to meet these challenges. We have so much to be excited about these days. 3D printing and touchscreen technology are just some of the areas where we are mining for advancements and breakthroughs. At the end of the day, we are an imaging company in world that understands itself through images. Continuing to invest in our future through students studying the principles of science, tech, engineering, and math will always be key to our success.