Working side by side with her executive team, Sarah continues to build on our strength in product innovation while identifying new markets and strategies that position the company for long term success.
When Sarah took over as the Chair and CEO in 2018, Novagard was a regional manufacturer of industrial grade silicones that were mainly sold to the construction industry. Novagard also manufactured silicone greases and foam used primarily in the automotive market.
But the markets were changing and she saw the broader role silicones could play in the manufacturing process. As the world became increasingly focused on the electrification of everything, more and more companies were looking for world class protection of their critical components. Silicones, with their superior stability, durability, and flexibility across broad temperature ranges, provide excellent insulation, vibration damping, and barrier protection against weather and other intrusions in electronics applications.
Sarah made the strategic decision to shift from an industrial to an electronics grade manufacturer of silicones. She began a multi-year, multi-million-dollar investment plan in Novagard’s people, plant, and processes.
She continues to set the strategic direction and is committed to working with business leaders and supply chain partners to deliver innovative solutions.
Sarah is active on a number of public, private, and non-profit boards. She is currently the Executive Chair of Bath & Body Works, and was the Interim CEO of Bath & Body Works while the company searched for a permanent CEO in 2022.
She spent almost 30 years at J.P Morgan, helping to transform it from a commercial to an investment bank. She retired in 2005 as Vice Chairman of Global Investment Banking.