Gary Butler is an Executive in Residence in the Management Sciences department. He came to Fisher in 2008 after spending more than 30 years at Eastman Kodak Co., where he managed operations in Europe, Asia and North America. While working as an executive at Kodak, Butler from 2003-06 taught operations and supply chain management at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business and served as a visiting professor at the U.S. Business School in Prague, Czech Republic.
Butler has extensive experience in quality assurance, lean methodology and manufacturing management, which gives him an ability to mentor others in business system changes that are reshaping manufacturing and service organizations today. He has worked with R&D, manufacturing and marketing sales units to optimize these programs from concept to post production. At Eastman Kodak, he led graphics through its lean journey, achieving significant cost and inventory reductions while maintaining the outstanding quality and delivery performance to the customer.
At Fisher, Butler also serves as the co-director of the Master of Business Operational Excellence degree program, where he finds, vets and coaches all of the leaders assigned as coaches to students. In addition to working with more than two-dozen lean coaches through the MBOE program, Butler himself has coached students from ThedaCare, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Akron Children’s Hospital, Clopay Plastic Products, Boeing Co., Owens Corning, GE Aviation, Tegrant Corp., and more.
In recent years, Butler has privately consulted with and served on advisory boards of private and publicly held companies and organizations.
Areas of Expertise
- Quality assurance
- Lean methodology
- Manufacturing management