Kathy Wishnew is a dynamic and intuitive global business operations leader with extensive experience in process improvement, program management, quality assurance, Six Sigma, lean manufacturing, and goal deployment. She has helped organizations achieve bottom-line performance improvements through the alignment of strategy, systems, processes and people.
Prior to working with The ProAction Group, Kathy was principal and owner of LeanOn Consulting LLC, where she helped companies achieve margin enhancement, cost reduction, productivity improvement and risk reduction by focusing on process reengineering, scoreboard development and deployment, leadership development and quality management. While Vice President at Jarden Safety & Security, Kathy established a Continuous Improvement Program, resulting in a cost reduction of $8.9M in the first year. She focused on creating transparency and linkage to Strategic Plan initiatives, which led to a record number of new product launches and centralized their quality management system. Her work led to a 360 view of product records and an improved rapid response to customer concerns from years to 2 weeks. As Executive Director of Global Business Process Optimization at Panduit Corporation, Kathy paved the way for achieving record-level Six Sigma cost savings of $3M in manufacturing and business office improvements.
Kathy has a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University where she was inducted in to the Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society. Kathy is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt, ASQ Quality Engineer, Lean Leader, Shainin Red X Problem-Solver; and holds numerous FranklinCovey facilitator certifications including the following: Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results; 4 Disciplines of Execution; and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.