Rick Kueller

Vice President



With over 30 years of experience in the Pharmaceuticals, Biologics, and Chemical/Consumer Goods industries, Rick Kueller brings to bear extensive global lean and operations leadership to help companies realize the full value of change management. As both a leader and a mentor at TriVista, Rick imparts his experience in a range of business life-cycles from start-up to transition to high-growth to turnarounds in which he has been intimately involved in numerous engagements.

As an Operations and Quality Excellence Leader, Rick is best poised to partner with clients to identify, quantify, and prioritize operational improvement opportunities in manufacturing and distribution fulfillment environments. Many TriVista private equity firms and their portfolio companies have witnessed firsthand how Rick marshals his extensive business, Lean operations, and supply chain knowledge to usher in company-wide transformations that re-position client companies for attaining greater market and operational strength.

Rick’s positive impact on manufacturing as well as P&L ownership and improvement is reflective of his sound project management that leverages data analytics as well as quality and performance excellence systems for trajectory-changing cost, waste and cycle time reductions. His reputation for Operational Excellence in the Pharmaceuticals space derives from consistent delivery of innovative solutions to client engagements that increase valuation and lowers costs in a sector environment of constantly shifting market dynamics.

Industry Experience

  • Medical Device
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Consumer Packaged Goods
  • Industrial Manufacturing

Professional Experience

  • Vice President, Operations – Pfanstiehl
  • Lean Six Sigma Consultant – PCI Pharma Services
  • Director of Operations, Sterile Blow Fill Seal – Catalent/Cardinal Health
  • Global Operational Excellence Leader, Packaging Services – Catalent/Cardinal Health
  • Director of Quality, Packaging Services – Catalent/Cardinal Health
  • Director of Performance Improvement – Cardinal Health
  • Various Engineering & Project Management Roles-Dow Chemical


  • MS, Chemical Engineering – Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • BS, Chemical Engineering – Iowa State University, Ames, IA


  • Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – Catalent
  • Ohio Award for Excellence Examiner – Partnership for Excellence
  • Black Belt – Cardinal Health
  • Quality Engineer – American Society for Quality

Speaking Engagements

  • Operational Excellence for Pharmaceuticals
    • “Identifying how Operational Excellence will Enhance Competitive Advantage across the Pharmaceutical Industry”
  • 2004 Corporate Performance Management Conference by The Conference Board
    • “The Link Between Management Practices, Intangibles, Performance, and Stock Returns”
  • PBViews User Conference
    • “Performance Management: Driving Commonality from Individuality”
  • ASQ Local Section Meeting – Columbus, OH, and ASQ Local Section Meeting – Parkersburg, WV
    • “Driving Customer Loyalty Through Operational Excellence”
  • ASQ Spring Conference – Columbus, OH
    • “Advancing a Quality Strategy at Cardinal Health”
  • SPE Regional Technical Conference – Recycled Plastics Division
    • “The Effect of Post Consumer HDPE Recycle on Color in Monolayer applications”
  • Eleventh North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society – Dearborn, MI
    • “Ethanol Oxidation over Non-precious Transition Metal Oxide Catalysts”

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Arts Refreshing The Soul

Personal Interests & Endeavors

Rick currently resides in Crystal Lake, IL where he enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor activities (biking, hiking, trekking), training for Aqua Bike races, and traveling – especially to those less lands traveled.

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