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Thom Keehan

Previously, Thom was Vice President of Enterprise Quality & Operational Excellence for Daikin Applied focused on bringing Daikin’s Quality back to the forefront of the company.  Thom also was the Chief Innovation Officer and Founder of Leanserv LLC, a consulting and Professional Services company. During his 26-year career, he had expat assignments with General Electric in Turkey, Romania, Canada and England. He served as Corporate Vice President at Tenneco leading the global Operational Excellence initiative for the company overseeing Manufacturing & Business Operations.

Thom has an extensive background in the design and launch of enterprise-wide business systems utilizing his comprehensive background of Lean Six Sigma and Problem Solving leading companies through Recovery, Turnaround and Transformation. Previously, he was the Group Vice President of Power Solutions at Johnson Controls. In this role, Thom developed and executed the Business Transformation for Power Solutions five-year business strategy, and led a team of highly qualified experts to directly impact Quality, Cost, and Delivery to customers, both external and internal.

He was the Executive Lean Enterprise & Business Transformation Leader at GE Transportation where he led the re-launch of GE’s Lean Six Sigma program across the enterprise focused on product quality, speed to market, and cost effectiveness. Thom was also the Chief Operating Officer & Business Transformation Leader at GE Capital/ Garanti Bank where he overcame cultural and language barriers to lead the full Operations organization and pioneered Lean Six Sigma methodologies within the Banking industry of Turkey and Romania.

In addition, Thom has held positions in Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Finance, and Banking within the Appliances, Plastics, Corporate, Capital, and Transportation divisions of GE as well as three Joint Ventures. Within his consulting business, Thom re-engineered various functions while acting as interim executive.  He holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of GE’s prestigious Edison Engineering Program and Advanced Courses.