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KB Kleckner Bio


KB Kleckner Profile

Manufacturing, Process Engineering, and Operations Executive having served positions from the factory floor to the Corporate Vice President level.  Consistently able to lead development of corporate strategies, bridging them to successful execution, and lead focused interventions.  Global experiences include North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

Experienced leader with strong values, interpersonal skills, and coaching skills with a management style that builds culture, focuses teams, and develops leaders.

Focus Core Strengths & Experiences:

  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Safety
  • Waste & Quality
  • Sustainability & Zero Landfill
  • Culture Development and Transformation
  • Mentoring, Coaching, and Training Leaders
  • Re-organizing Work and Teams, from Manufacturing to Operations to Marketing

Expertise also includes Plant Turnarounds and Startups, Asset Maintenance, Communications Management, Multi-Plant Management; Joint Ventures, Union & Non-Union; and Procurement.

Results Delivered in Key Leadership Role spanning recent 5 years

  • OSHA IR Reduction                        65%
  • % Off Quality Reduction                60%
  • Labor Unit Reduction                     50%
  • Energy Cost/Unit Reduction         36%
  • Compliance Penalty Reduction     57%
  • Output/Work Hour Increase         40%
  • Sites to Zero Landfill                       16

Professional Positions Served:

Consulting, 2014 – Current

Mohawk Industries Inc, 2003-2014

  • Vice President – Manufacturing, Mohawk Home Division
  • Director of Special Projects, Corporate Operations & Supply Chain

         KB Kleckner Consulting, LLC, 2002-2003            

  • Consult with Fortune 500 Global Industrial clients, coaching and training leaders to improve performance, integrating industrial, technology, and team solutions.

         Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, 1971-2002

  •  Vice President, Elected Officer – Global Engineering & Manufacturing Technology
  •  Vice President – Manufacturing & Operations, Kelly Springfield
  •  Director – Manufacturing, Latin America
  •  Director – Global Purchasing
  • Plant Site Manager: Napanee, Ontario, Canada: Greenfield Startup of High Technology Manufacturing Facility; Lawton, Oklahoma: Goodyear’s largest manufacturing facility; Madisonville, Kentucky
  • Additional Manufacturing Positions Served in Goodyear: Production Manager, Engineering Manager – Great Britain;  Engineering & Maintenance Manager – Oklahoma;  Engineering & Maintenance Mgr, Mechanical Engineer, Maint Supv – Tennessee

Education and Professional Development

  • University of Illinois, BS Mechanical Engineering – Champaign, IL.
  • University of Tennessee, Post-Graduate Study in Engineering Administration
  • Zero Landfill Certification Training (US Zero Waste Business Council) 2014
  • Motorola University, Six Sigma Green Belt Training
  • Mahler, Executive Advanced Management Program
  • Thunderbird Graduate School of Business, Global Business Leader Program
  • Harvard Graduate School of Business, Manufacturing in Corp Strategy Program
  • Kaizen Institute, Tokyo, Japan, Kaizen & TQC
  • Karrass, Effective Negotiating

Professional and Personal Affiliations

  • Organizational Member, US Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC), 2014
  • University of Illinois Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Alumni Board, 1998–2005
  •  National Society of Professional Engineers Industrial Advisory Group, 1997–2005
  •  Finance Chair of Church, 2006 – 2012; Staff Parish Relations Chair, 2013-Current
  •  Featured on Cover Article of The Business of Management, Performance Magazine, Fall 1999
  • CXO Manufacturing Executive Summit 2013
  •  Author of Weekly Leadership Blog, http://frontlinefocus.us/ , Mar 20013 – current

Email: kb.frontlinefocus@gmail.com

5 Responses to “KB Kleckner Bio”

  1. Pres Jenkins says:

    Good Article

  2. Steve cuddihy says:

    Well Written KB.

  3. Sue Brown says:

    KB, your comments about mentoring are right on target. I had the benefit of some excellent mentors and have seen some of the people I mentored go beyond what they thought they could do and be successful. It’s one of the most rewarding parts of my years with Goodyear.

  4. Jean Bahnsen says:

    KB, Terry forwarded your blog and it was timely. I look forward to reading more. Thank you!

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