COE welcomes Kelly Reo as executive director

A new executive director is joining the COE team Dec. 3 and will be formally introduced at the center’s members-only quarterly seminar on Dec. 7.

kelly reo coe
Kelly Reo joins COE as executive director Dec. 3.

Kelly Reo (pictured, right) brings more than 20 years of management experience to the role. Most recently, she served as vice president of Columbus-based Navigator Management Partners. Reo succeeds Peg Pennington, who departed the role this summer after a decade of leadership to serve as president of Powell, Ohio-based online lean/Six Sigma training provider LLC.

At Navigator, Reo was responsible for the firm’s operations, marketing, sales operations, and technology/enterprise data business functions. In her 14 years at Navigator, Reo also served as account owner and project manager on consulting engagements with organizations including Ohio State, NiSource, LBrands, and BMW Financial Services.

Prior to joining Navigator, Reo ran her own independent consulting firm. She also served in project management and analyst roles at Chase, Bath & Body Works, and Advanced Drainage Systems. She has a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Ohio State and recently completed Harvard Extension School’s Marketing Management Certification program.

Academic Director Peter Ward

“Kelly brings a strong track record of collaborative problem solving with a variety of companies, and we’re thrilled to welcome her to our team,” said Peter Ward, Richard M. Ross Chair in Management at Fisher College of Business and longtime COE academic director. “We look forward to introducing her to the many partners in our operational excellence community.”

When COE’s final event of the year kicks off at 10:30 a.m. next Friday, Reo will be formally introduced before Central Ohio Transit Authority CEO Joanna Pinkerton takes the stage for her keynote. This event remains open to members for in-person attendance and via livestream.

Reo’s university e-mail will not be active until Dec. 3 at the earliest, but starting that week she can be reached at

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *