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Corning Incorporated: Connecting the Digital Economy

Michele Holbrook
Running Time:60:00 minutes
Event Date(s)
9:00 AM EST
Thursday, November 9

Today’s world depends on fast-flowing information, and plenty of it — Corning continues to revolutionize the way data keeps moving.  We helped enable the Internet explosion when our scientists developed the world’s first low-loss optical fiber in 1970.  Today, we continue to set the standard for the cutting-edge fiber, cable, connectivity, and wireless solutions to keep the world more connected than ever before. Learn how Corning is bringing optical fiber and other glass-related innovations to the continuously evolving communications and entertainment industries.

Michele M. Holbrook was appointed Wilmington plant manager, Optical Fiber and Cable, Corning Optical Communications in March 2014. In this role, Holbrook is responsible for directing overall plant operations and staff functions within the Wilmington, North Carolina facility.

Holbrook joined Corning in 1995 as an environmental engineer at the Corning Asahi Video Products State College plant. She was appointed senior process engineer in 1997, funnel finishing & process engineering department head in 1999, and facilities & environmental manager in 2002. In 2003, Holbrook joined a nationwide leader in unfinished furniture as their operations manager and served on the company’s strategic leadership team.

In 2005, Holbrook returned to Corning Incorporated in the Environmental Technologies division as plant quality manager for the Blacksburg, Virginia plant. In 2006, she moved into the plant engineering manager role and in 2009, was appointed plant operations manager. In 2012, she joined Corning Optical Communications where she was appointed plant operations manager of the Wilmington, North Carolina optical fiber plant. She held that role until moving into her current role of plant manager.

Holbrook holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson University. She is on the executive board of directors for the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and is also a member of the Virginia Polytechnic Material Science and Engineering Department advisory board.