Richard CalvarusoLean Transformation Leader, GE Appliances
Rich Calvaruso, leads GE Appliances’ lean manufacturing transformation. He is responsible for developing lean thinking capability of the people and improving the efficiency of the processes across the manufacturing organization. He assumed his role in 2006 with the introduction of Lean concepts into manufacturing. His efforts expanded and accelerated in 2009 when GE Appliances began its first of a series of investments that would total $1 billion to design and produce 11 new appliance products in its US factories.
Rich joined GE in 1989 following his graduation from Youngstown State University where he earned a B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked in GE Lighting’s Fluorescent Lamp manufacturing plant in Circleville, OH from 1989 to 1997, holding positions as Manufacturing Engineer, Operations Manager and Manager of Manufacturing Engineering. He was promoted to Plant Manager of GE Lighting Special Pack Inc. in Canton, OH in 1997. In 1998 he was named a Six Sigma Master Black Belt for Fluorescent manufacturing. Rich was promoted to Plant Manager at the GE Lighting Incandescent Lamp Manufacturing facility in Winchester, VA in 2000. He moved to GE Appliances in 2004 as Master Black belt for Appliances manufacturing.