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Joe Plourde

COO, North America

Joe is a recognized manufacturing operations expert with diverse skills in lean methodologies and engineering innovation. Joe first joined RPI in mid-2014 as Executive V.P. of Continuous Improvement, with a focus on the RPI-Atlanta integration into the enterprise. Thereafter, in mid-2015, Joe became Executive V.P. of the Seattle Operations.

Prior to joining RPI, Joe held senior management positons in  a diverse range of industries, culminating in the position of president of his own consulting firm for more than a decade.  During his career, Joe has applied innovative solutions within a broad range of disciplines including strategic and tactical planning, operations management, engineering, supply chain management, continuous process improvement, new product development, human resources optimization, quality assurance, and business analysis.

Joe studied aeronautical and mechanical engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Away from work, he enjoys his family and various sports to include hiking, swimming, and scuba diving.

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