Laura Plunkett Lesker

Director – External Venture Strategy

Saint-Gobain

Laura is the Director of External Venture Strategy at Saint-Gobain where she gets to meet and think with extremely talented entrepreneurs and industry experts every day. For over 10 years, Laura has worked in finance and strategy roles in the United States and abroad, including a memorable two years in Shanghai, China working on sustainable development with the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy. Her experience in corporate development- including new market entry, new product/service development, technology commercialization, route to market optimization- has enabled her to forge pathways to cooperation between Saint-Gobain, with its 350 years of experience and in-market leadership and startups all over the world.

Laura holds a BS in Business and Economics from Lehigh University and earned an MBA at INSEAD, a leading European business school based in Fontainebleau, France and Singapore.