Ric Van Der Linden’s career has focused on Continuous Improvement. For the past 22 years he has led and supported business growth including the startup of two large operations which included facilities, equipment and staffing. He managed production operations and, for the past 12 years, has had a full time dedication to Continuous Improvement through the application of Lean Six Sigma and other improvement approaches.
As a Champion of Lean and Six Sigma, he has developed Lean Strategies and Six Sigma programs that have become “best practice.” He has driven results through Lean and Six Sigma in all aspects of business. Along with project leadership, he has also trained, mentored, and certified over 500 Lean/Six Sigma individuals that have resulted in a 5 year accumulation of $50 million savings.
Ric holds a BS in Manufacturing Engineering, a Masters in Organizational Management, is a certified Lean Expert and Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. He currently holds a board position with the American Society for Quality, is past President of the San Diego Chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and is an Instructor at University of California, San Diego.