As Vice President/General Manager for Degussa Corporation, the North American subsidiary of this German multinational specialty chemical company, Pflederer led the Silicas/Chemical Catalysts Division. He gained prior experience with the Monsanto Company's international division as Managing Director of Japan and as Director, Far East, handling general management of businesses in Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and Greater China. He also served five years for Monsanto in Brazil as head of a manufacturing complex. While working in these overseas assignments he acquired additional experience in negotiating and managing international joint ventures. In between these international assignments he managed strategic planning and manufacturing functions at the corporate level for Monsanto.
Pflederer currently serves on the Boards of Picus Financial (London); Educational Assistance Ltd., a not-for-profit company in Chicago; and the Olde Towne Medical Center locally. He lectures on a variety of subjects at The College of William & Mary and Old Dominion University.
Pflederer has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University, completed the Key Manager Program at Thunderbird School of Global Management, and completed the Executive Program in International Management at Columbia University.