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Professor Riad (Ray) Ardahji

A. Professor Riad (Ray) Ardahji


Ex Managing Director

• 20+ Years of experience in Automotive, Medical Devices, Metal Fabrication, and Furniture Industries.

• Led the Global Cooper Production System Team for Cooper Tire and Rubber (2018 – 2020).

• Implemented a global eLPA (Layer Process Audit) at Cooper Tire and Rubber, with +500 global users and over 1000 audits per week.

• Championed I&I (Innovate and improve) Corp. initiative and reported directly to Zimmer CFO (2013- 2015).

• Completed Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Examiner training by NIST (2014).

• Received Sourcing Functional Team of the Year Award at Zimmer (2014).

• BTOES 2017 Advisory Board, Global OPEX Conference 2017/2018.

• Distinguished Speaker at OPEX Week 2017/18, BTOES 17, NORIA, etc.

• Handpicked by TBA CEO to lead Toyota’s Monozukuri activities in (2012).

• Awarded CEO CI Excellence Award at Leggett & Platt (2010).

• Completed Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at the Center for Executive Education (UT-Knoxville 2008).

• Nominated as Elkhart County’s Best and Brightest (2007). • BSIE/MSIE ‘97, Industrial Engineering / Supply Chain UT- Knoxville.

• Developed a new Andon system (“Honky-Tonk”), improving OEE based on the Jidoka concept(2010).

• A. Engr. Professor/Consultant, Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne, IN (2010-2019)


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