Alumnus/Trustee Moody Cited Among Most Influential Black Corporate Executives

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Darin Moody speaking at Rose-Hulman 2019 graduation ceremony.

Chemical engineering alumnus Darin Moody’s engineering and leadership skills continue to shape Eli Lilly and Company’s global manufacturing operations. As a Rose-Hulman trustee, he has supported the institute’s diversity initiatives.

Darin Moody believes in something American educator and author Booker T. Washington once said: “Success always leaves footprints.”

That’s why the alumnus and trustee has led efforts to increase diversity within Rose-Hulman’s student body, funding scholarships to attract talented students from underrepresented minorities. Those efforts are bringing results within each incoming class of first-year students.

Professionally, Moody’s engineering and leadership skills are helping Eli Lilly and Company become a global leader in pharmaceutical product manufacturing. He is senior vice president for manufacturing who has managed people and production facilities throughout the world, along with coordination of a global network of external manufacturing partners.

Savoy magazine recently named Moody as one of the 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America. The group of African American men and women were recognized for their executive and business leadership in national and global-leading corporations.

The magazine’s publisher L.P. Green II states, “These innovative trailblazers have led efforts to foster growth for some of the country’s highest-performing companies throughout and beyond the U.S. market.”

Moody has spent his entire professional career with Lilly, after earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1987 from Rose-Hulman. He started as a process design engineer within the corporate engineering organization before spending three years as general manager of a plant in Liverpool, England. He returned to the company’s headquarters in Indianapolis as an operations general manager and then vice president of the division overseeing corporate engineering, global health safety and environment.

Along the way, Moody has been a loyal supporter of Rose-Hulman. He became a member of the Board of Trustees in 2007, serving on oversight committees involving audit, board affairs, enrollment management and honorary degrees.

Moody was presented an honorary degree from his alma mater before presenting the Commencement Address to the Class of 2019.

“I am very grateful to those who went before me, breaking down barriers and facing far greater challenges than I did,” Moody states in a Savoy profile. “I am also grateful to so many people at the company of every background who have supported me in some way over the years. I feel an obligation to invest in the next generation. My focus is increasing opportunities for minorities to enter and prosper in STEM fields.”

Moody is a past member of the Board of Advisors for the Minority Engineering Program of Indianapolis. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of Downtown Indy Inc., and previously served as a member of the International Leadership Forum of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers.