Following more than 35 years of global business experience, Marie is now founder and CEO of Red Dirt Road, Inc. (red-dirt-road.org), a social enterprise business benefiting impoverished women in rural Cambodia through the design, manufacture, and marketing of handmade silk fashion accessories. In addition she provides business consulting services under her limited liability company known as Norton Eckstein Associates.
Previously, Marie was Chief Operating Officer at EJ (formerly known as East Jordan Iron Works) from 2012 through 2015. In her role at this fifth-generation family-owned business, she was responsible for operational profit & loss and overall leadership of the American, Europe and Asia regional companies.
Prior to EJ, Marie held a variety of executive leadership roles during her 30-year career with the Dow Corning Corporation, retiring in 2009 as Corporate Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. In this role, Marie was responsible for a diverse set of responsibilities: Public Affairs, Corporate Communications and Dow Corning’s Enterprise Shared Services unit.
From 2005 to 2008, Marie served as Corporate Vice President and General Manager for the Advanced Technologies and Ventures Business, and was responsible for Dow Corning’s electronics and solar units during the time of rapid expansion in the solar industry. This role included executive responsibility for Dow Corning’s joint venture, Hemlock Semiconductor, the world’s leading supplier of polycrystalline silicon.
Other roles Marie held at Dow Corning included Executive Director for the corporation’s global Paper and Process Industries unit, and resided in Brussels, Belgium. She led the American Rubber Business, returning it to profitability during her tenure. Marie has also served in a variety of commercial and technical leadership roles in the electronic business.
Marie also serves on the board of The Harpswell Foundation, an organization dedicated to developing the next generation of women leaders in Cambodia. In addition she has served on several non-profit boards and worked with the United Way organization in Midland, Michigan.
Marie has a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Illinois, and completed Northwestern’s Kellogg Executive Education “Women on Corporate Boards” program in 2009. She is married to Mark; they have three sons ages 29, 27 and 22. She is an enthusiastic skier and road biker, an avid reader and continuous learner, and is active in supporting programs which empower women and girls in the developing world.