Rick Kueller

Vice President



As a Vice President at TriVista, Rick brings over 25 years of experience in the Pharmaceuticals, Biologics, and Chemical/Consumer Goods industries to the TriVista team. He is an Operations and Quality Excellence Leader, and helps TriVista clients identify, quantify, and prioritize operational improvement opportunities in manufacturing and distribution fulfillment environments.

In addition, Rick has extensive global lean and operations leadership experience, which spans from bench scale research to manufacturing P&L ownership and improvement. He excels in leading the implementation of change management, customer & project management, problem-solving, as well as culture, quality, and performance excellence systems. As a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, he focuses on partnering with management teams to implement projects that dramatically improve operating performance.

Rick is also a renowned thought leader on Operational Excellence in the Pharmaceuticals space, and has presented and authored several leadership pieces on these topics.

Industry Experience

Rick’s industry experience includes:

  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing & Packaging
  • API & Excipient Manufacturing
  • Biologics
  • Medical Device
  • Pharmaceutical Distribution
  • Pharmacy Automation
  • Chemicals
  • Consumer Packaged Goods
  • Industrial Manufacturing
  • Plastics Extrusion, Injection & Blow Molding

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
  • Lean Deployment Leader – Catalent
  • Director of Quality, Packaging Services – Catalent/Cardinal Health
  • Director of Performance Improvement – Cardinal Health
  • Various Engineering & Project Management Roles – Dow Chemical


  • Ohio State University – Columbus, OH
    • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Iowa State University – Ames, IA
    • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering


  • 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 traveled.

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