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Robert Klym named Chief Operating Officer

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Robert Klym has been named Vice President and Chief Operating of Operating Performance Solutions, Inc. (OPS.)

OPS Chairman John Beakes, Jr. stated that "Robert has led our operations with great competence since he joined the team a few years ago. He has insured that each client receives superior assistance, and that all OPS projects are executed with excellence and delivered on time and within budget. OPS looks forward to continued success under Robert's leadership."

Robert began his process improvement career as a plant floor worker at Toyota's Georgetown, Kentucky plant, and then spent a decade at General Motors as the U.S. automotive industry adopted the process improvement methodologies that had been refined by Toyota.

Over the past fifteen years, Robert has assisted clients in transportation, the military, healthcare, insurance, government operations, and engineering with highly successful process improvement activities.

During his nine years at Toyota, Robert was promoted to Team Leader and then Group Leader and benefitted from Toyota's highly respected leadership training. He was involved in three new model launches, which always require mastering complex new systems and technical processes. Training his team and developing standardized work were key responsibility, and. he led a number of process improvement events, one of which eliminated a JD Powers defect and led to savings of $1.25 million.

As the U.S. automotive industry began to adopt process improvement methodologies, Robert became the Manager, Competitive Manufacturing Group for General Motors Corporation (GM) at Pontiac, Michigan. In this capacity, he served as a coach and mentor for the leadership teams of 21 Powertrain plants across North America, focused on helping those teams develop and execute strategic Lean Manufacturing implementation plans. He participated in the Lean Manufacturing Assessment Program and evaluated the status of implementation and performance at Powertrain facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Australia. During his eight years at GM, Robert trained over 1,000 employees in Lean Simulations and Problem Solving.

In August 2005, Robert formed the Barek Group, LLC, to provide his knowledge and skills, plus those of his team to a variety of organizations. His clients have included The Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART), The United States Air Force, and the Detroit Medical Center.

At OPS, Robert utilizes his extensive background in all aspects of Lean to assist with training and process improvement projects for clients in government, healthcare, the insurance industry, and manufacturing.

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