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Vice President / Chief Quality Officer
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$100,000 to $200,000

Resume Summary
Effective in all aspects of Quality, Six Sigma, Kaisen, Toyota Production System, TS-16949 and possesses outstanding communications ability. A results-oriented senior executive with extensive experience in all areas of manufacturing.


559 Summer Hill Church Road, Carthage, NC 28327
Phone (910) 947-1875 email:

Results-oriented with extensive experience in all areas of manufacturing. A creative, highly motivated leader with management and engineering assignments in six multinational corporations. Effective in all aspects of Process Engineering, Quality, Six Sigma, Kaisen, Toyota Production System, TS-16949 and possesses outstanding communications ability.


Mr. Oltesvig currently provides engineering and manufacturing consulting and contracted services. Most recent engagements include a eight-month contract with semiconductor manufacturer, MEMC, the worlds largest manufacturer totally dedicated to silicon wafer production, including global responsibilities for process engineering quality; an eighteen-month contract on the Corporate Staff at Takata Safety Restraints, Inc., a world leader in automotive air bag and seat belt manufacturing; and a one year corporate staff contract position at Truck Accessories Group, Inc., a major automotive aftermarket products manufacturer.

NAVISTAR INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION 1980 to 1990 and from 2000 to 2001
Americas largest producer of medium and heavy duty trucks, school busses and diesel engines with annual sales of $7 billion.

Staff Vice President of Reliability and Quality, Navistar Truck Group, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Responsible for all aspects of heavy and medium duty truck and school bus manufacturing, design quality, field reliability, service engineering and warranty reduction. John received a generous early retirement grow-in package in 2001 after 13 years dynamic, effective service to Navistar.

h Successfully led a team to streamline the Reliability and Quality Department, reducing the overall headcount by 20%, effectively flattening the organization improving communications and speed of decision-making.
h Led a cross-functional team initiative focusing warranty reduction activities and achieving $10.4 MM in warranty savings in six months using Six Sigma methodology.
h Standardized warranty and other Cost of Poor Quality reporting and improvement activities into the standardized Quality Operating System assuring the focusing of resources to high priority issues and systematic problem solving methods.
h Played a key role in the in the launch of the industrys first all new high-performance trucks by implementing closed-loop feedback to the launch team resulting in conformance to customer needs and attention to quality detail prior to volume production.


A closely held and rapidly growing manufacturer of electronic components for computer, commercial and automotive applications with sales exceeding $2 B. Responsible for all aspects of quality in twenty manufacturing facilities and five design centers.

Director of Quality and Total Quality Management, Lisle, Illinois
h In less than one year, took company from lowest vendor rating status by primary customer (Delco / Delphi) to the #1 rating status by instituting the business operating system and practices. Received numerous customer quality awards.
h Re-engineered the tool qualification process for precision injection molded components by focusing on key product characteristics resulting in a time-to-market speed enhancement of 63%.
h Achieved a 28% reduction in customer complaints in 12 months by implementing a mistake-proofing program.
h Instituted real time access to all customer complaints and problem solving status by implementing SAP quality systems to manage a global base of several thousand customer shipping locations.
h Implemented problem solving techniques through training of engineers in 25 locations, reducing repetitive customer complaints by 56% through more effective root cause analysis and permanent corrective actions.

World leader in aerospace, engineered materials and automotive components with sales of $5 billion.

Global Vice President of Quality, Safety Restraint Systems Division, Sterling Heights, Michigan
Accountable for all aspects of quality around the world including seventeen assembly and component plants, three R&D centers and twelve original equipment customers in an SBU with sales of $1 B.
h Re-launched Six Sigma Quality program with comprehensive data collection technique and closed loop for high pareto defects.
h Provided consulting expertise to achieve six QS-9000 registrations in North America and three in Europe.
h Achieved customer return PPM reduction of 83% and regained General Motors confidence in a one year turn-around effort by teaming with plant quality managers, program managers and various key personnel to address key GM issues.
h Coordinated due diligence work into all areas of product liability resulting in a successful company merger.

Worlds seventh largest automotive components supplier employing 25,000 people including 3,000 engineers, 80 production plants and R&D in 15 countries in Europe, North and South America and in Asia. Responsible for quality and production system improvement in North America including five assembly plants and three R & D centers.

Director - Quality and Production Systems, Valeo Thermal Systems, Inc., Troy, Michigan
h Launched QS 9000 registration support team for North America and championed actions leading to five QS-9001 certifications.
h Authored and implemented short & long range strategic quality plans.
h Integrated North American total quality program with Europe and launched new Kaizen activities.
h Instituted a comprehensive system of Policy Deployment which created a line-of-sight from the President's Office to the shop floor allowing all levels of the organization to focus and support the overall business goals.

TRW, INC. 1990 to 1993
Major supplier to the space and defense, automotive, and information systems markets with sales of $7 B.

Director of Quality, TRW Vehicle Safety Systems, Inc., Washington, Michigan
Responsible for all quality and reliability related to manufacturing, design and test as well as supplier quality surveillance for a division with sales in excess of $400 MM.


MSM, Master of Science in Management, Oakland University
BSME, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Oakland University


Certified Six Sigma Black Belt American Society for Quality
Certified ISO/QS 9000 Internal Lead Assessor Boy Scout Executive / Eagle Boy Scout

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