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Todd Kunze

Title: Director of Corporate Quality and Manufacturing

Company: Parker Hannifin

Biography

Education:

MBOE, The Ohio State University

BS, Centre College of Kentucky

BS, University of Kentucky

Todd Kunze is the Director of Corporate Quality and Manufacturing Technology for Parker Hannifin headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. He is responsible for quality and advancement of manufacturing technologies for the corporation. As an experienced global operational excellence professional, he collaboratively developed the Parker Quality Strategy and is currently deploying it corporate wide.

Prior to his current corporate role, Todd was the Lean and Quality Manager for Filtration, one of Parker’s seven operating groups. He strategically implemented operational excellence with a dozen divisions globally comprising 30 locations and provided due diligence and integration support for several successful acquisitions. Additionally in this role, he supported two North American Filtration locations in attaining AME Manufacturing Excellence Awards in 2010. Collaborating with Parker’s other Group Lean and Quality Managers he assisted in authoring the Parker Lean System.   

Todd started his career at Parker in 2001 as Lean Manager for their O-Ring Division in Lexington, KY where he supported the lean transformation for six plants in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Additionally, he completed his six sigma black belt certification, then trained green belts throughout the division and netted several million dollars in savings. 

He was first exposed to lean in the early 1990s when he worked for Lantech, Incorporated in Louisville, Kentucky. An early US Toyota Production System adopter, Lantech regained market share and profitability by slashing lead-times from 4 weeks to 2 days. Its turnaround was chronicled in the 1996 book Lean Thinking by Womack and Jones. As a continuous improvement team leader at Lantech during this time, Todd gained much of his early hands-on operational excellence experience implementing lean in manufacturing, business processes, and product development. 

Todd is a board member for The Fisher College of Business Center for Operational Excellence at The Ohio State University.   He holds two undergraduate degrees: a Bachelor of Science from Centre College of Kentucky and a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. In 2011, Todd earned his Master of Business in Operational Excellence from The Ohio State University. 

In his spare time Todd enjoys boating with his wife and two teenagers on Lake Erie and is an Assistant Scoutmaster for his son’s Boy Scout troop in Bay Village, Ohio.