Joseph Abbud

Vice President



As Vice President of Lean and Operational Improvement, Joseph brings TriVista clients more than 25 years of experience in operations management and operational excellence within a wide variety of industries. He is truly a global professional, with extensive experience in China, Europe, Central and North America and has led exciting Lean Six Sigma and Cost transformations. He was born and educated in Mexico and has led the startup of six Greenfield plants, ten major product line transfers, and performed significant plant and process improvements in more than twenty manufacturing locations.

Industry Experience

Joseph has experience across a wide array of industrial, consumer, automotive and aerospace subsectors, specializing in operational improvement initiatives such as Lean Manufacturing, Greenfield Start-ups, Operations Management, as well as Factory Consolidations and Relocations.  Joseph is TriVista’s Lean & Operational Improvement Champion helping to foster both existing and new methodologies that deliver significant results, and is an expert in Complex Project Management.

Joseph’s industry experience includes:

  • Aerospace Components
  • Alternative Energy
  • Automotive Components
  • Consumer Products
  • Defense Products
  • Medical Products
  • Electronics Products
  • Truck, Bus, Liquid Trailers & Specialty Vehicles
  • Pet Products
  • Food Processing
  • Injection Molding
  • Metal Machining
  • Tube Fabrication
  • Electrical Harness Assembly

Professional Experience

  • Vice President of Global Operations – Danotek Motion Technologies
  • Vice President of Lean & Continuous Improvement – Bourns Electronics
  • Vice President of Rapid Continuous Improvement – Snap-on
  • Director – ITT Automotive and Electronics Divisions
  • Director of World-Wide Lean Manufacturing – ITT Industries
  • Value Based Six Sigma Champion – ITT Industries
  • Multi-Plant Director of Operations – ITT Industries
  • GM & Plant Manager – Siebe Controls


  • Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey – Nuevo León, México
    • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (Concentration in Operations)
  • Instituto de Administracion Estrategica – Torreón, México
    • Master of Science in Quality Systems
  • University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business
    • Financial Management Education


  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt – University of Michigan
  • Strategic Management – Ashridge Business School
  • Lean Master – Rochester Institute of Technology, ITT Industries
  • Lean Master – Ford
  • Lean Master – Shingijutsu Group
  • Rapid Plant Assessment – University of Michigan
  • Financial Management – Darden Graduate School of Business Administration

Awards & Recognition

  • 2013 Award of Excellence – TriVista
  • Operational Excellence Award for Innovative Improvement Processes – ITT Industries
  • Chairman’s Excellence Award for Top Performance Operation – ITT Industries
  • Ring of Quality Award for Top Military Project Improvement- ITT Industries


  • English (fluent)
  • Spanish (fluent)

Board Positions

  • University of Michigan – Advisory Board Member

Speaking Engagements

  • 2001 Ashridge College Class Representative and Speaker – U.K.
  • 2002 & 2004 Best Practices Symposium Presenter – ITT Industries
  • 2010 North America Wind Power Forum Speaker – Detroit, MI
  • 2011 Alternative Energy Forum Speaker – University of Michigan

Personal Interests & Endeavors

When not traveling, you can find Joseph camping off terrain with his wife, two daughters, and their jeeps.  He also enjoys playing guitar, and is an avid golfer participating in tournaments whenever possible with a 4 handicap. In addition to golf, Joseph is an accomplished tennis player having received a college scholarship and was ranked #6 by the Middle Illinois Tennis Association.

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