Kelly Reo

Executive Director
The Ohio State University Center for Operational Excellence

Kelly Reo is Executive Director at the Center for Operational Excellence (COE) at The Ohio State University, a business consortium that connects organizations of all industries on their journeys to build and sustain a culture of problem solving and continuous improvement. Kelly’s passion for operational excellence stems from her 20 years in IT and business consulting – first as a program and project manager of strategic initiatives and business transformations for clients in financial services, utilities, retail, healthcare, and higher education – then as Vice President of Operations & Marketing. She is a committed leader with a proven track record of managing technology-enabled business transformations and managing and mentoring teams.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and a master’s of Operational Excellence, both from The Ohio State University. Kelly also received a Marketing Management certificate from Harvard University and maintains several other certifications including the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma Blackbelt.

Kelly also applies her a depth of business experience and commitment to community and advocacy by sitting on boards of non-profits including Mental Health America Franklin County, Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team, and Grandview Heights Public Library Foundation.

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