Darin Moody Continues to Improve with Eli Lilly

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Darin Moody

Corporate Leader: Darin Moody, a 1987 chemical engineering alumnus, has had a variety of engineering and operational leadership positions during a 29-year career with Eli Lilly and Company.

Darin Moody's career path with Eli Lilly and Company continues moving forward, with the recent promotion of the 1987 chemical engineering alumnus to senior vice president of the company's global active pharmaceutical ingredient, dry products manufacturing, and continuous improvement division.

For the past nine years Moody has been responsible for global engineering and maintenance activity, as well as the Six Sigma initiative within Lilly's manufacturing plants around the world. His international experiences also have included nearly three years in England as general manager of a plant in Liverpool and head of the operations center in Speke.

"I've been able to walk on the Great Wall of China, and stand next to the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid at Giza. Growing up in Jeffersonville, Indiana, I never thought I'd be doing those kinds of things," Moody commented several years ago during a Rose-Hulman story interview.

The percentage of Lilly's activity outside the U.S. has grown significantly during Moody's 29-year career with the Fortune 500 company that's based in Indianapolis. That makes his work challenging and intriguing. "We regularly work in teams that come from different parts of the world. This teaches you to not make assumptions about people having the same experience," he remarked.

"You really have to understand the various cultures where your operations are, and understand how the cultures affect how the work is done," Moody further explained. "How do you operate with consistent standards across so many cultures? How do you acknowledge the aspects of their cultures while maintaining a consistent approach?"

Safety at construction sites is a good example. "Around the world there are very different perspectives on safety and risk. It presents a challenge to have a consistent level of performance from a safety perspective," he said.

Moody said his first significant exposure to people from other cultures came through his Rose-Hulman experience. He's pleased to see the institution increasing its international opportunities. "There is a much greater emphasis and exposure to international perspectives on campus now," he remarked.

Diversity is another area of interest for Moody, who has been a member of the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees for several years. He has participated in several initiatives to transform the institute by changing attitudes, along with the gender and racial makeup of the student body, out of a conviction that improving diversity is important for the long-term prosperity of the school.

"When the environment gets to the point where we have all dimensions of diversity in the student body, faculty, and staff-when it feels natural and is expected-that will be a signal that we have crossed the threshold."