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R. Gary Butler

Executive in Residence, Management Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Lean Manufacturing
Six Sigma


Executive MBA, University of Rochester
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh


R. Gary Butler has worked for the Eastman Kodak Company for more than 34 years through which he has extensive experience in quality assurance, Lean methodology and manufacturing management. During his time with Kodak, he has started up new factories in Asia, Europe, North and South America. He has managed Kodak operations in Peabody, Massachusetts, and Shantou, China, and speaks "casual Mandarin."

Gary’s extensive background with Lean manufacturing gives him an ability to mentor others in business system changes that are reshaping manufacturing and service organizations today. He developed his leadership teams through the use of Foundational, Just-In-Time and Jidoka methods and applied them throughout the organization.

Having lived in both western and eastern cultures, Gary brings applications and understandings to business applications that go beyond the insights learned through visiting.

In addition to his work at Eastman Kodak, Gary has taught "Operations and supply Chain Management" at Rochester Institute of Technology’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business and at the U.S. Business School in Prague, Czech Republic.

Contact Information

640 Fisher Hall
Fisher College of Business
2100 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 247-1729