November 14, 2013

Students, faculty welcome Georgia Keresty to campus


A visit by a recognized leader in business operations showcased Fisher’s holistic approach to business education, as both students and faculty gathered to welcome Georgia Keresty, PhD, vice president of Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP), a Johnson & Johnson Company.

She spoke and moderated panel discussions on lean methodology with Fisher faculty members and industry leaders last week at the Operations and Logistics Management Association’s annual Link Symposium, sponsored by the Center for Operational Excellence. The panels focused on manufacturing and service industries, and participants stressed the overall value of sound lean strategy.

“For companies to be successful with lean, it has to be end to end,” Georgia told first- and second-year MBA students. “If we just look at it as something just for the technical folks or the engineering folks or the manufacturing folks, that company is missing out on huge opportunities.”

She also praised Fisher’s partnership with the external business community: “When I was in graduate school both for my MBA and my PhD, I took advantage of forums like this. I know how important it is to hear from executives what it is like in the real world and some of the things they deal with.

“Hearing about what didn’t work is just as valuable as hearing about what did work.”

Fisher faculty, including Peter Ward, Aravind Chandrasekaran and Mike Tanner also participated in the panel discussion, along with representatives from companies such as Greif, Cardinal Health, Huntington, Emerson Climate Technologies, and Nationwide.Panelist Geoff Merchant, a Fisher alumnus and manager of global commercial excellence at Greif, studied lean methodology under Peter Ward as a student.

“The lean skill set I developed at Fisher was key to me getting a position at Greif and doing well in the organization,” he told students.

During her two-day stay at Fisher, Georgia also met and shared insights with the Fisher Graduate Women in Business group and members of the COE and its Women’s Leadership Initiative, among others. She has 30 years of experience working in the health care industry. Past roles at Johnson & Johnson included Chief Quality Officer and Vice President of Quality and Compliance for the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies; Vice president of Pharmaceutical Compliance; and Leader, Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy.