Tauber Institute Welcomes Ford Motor Company's Ron Johnson to the IAB

October 11, 2018
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Ann Arbor, MI – Ford Motor Company Director of Americas Quality Ron Johnson joins representatives of 30 of the world's top corporations as a member of the Tauber Institute for Global Operations Industry Advisory Board. The Industry Advisory Board's objective: to cultivate future leaders in operations through support of the Tauber Institute's multidisciplinary experiential learning mission.

Ford Motor Company is in the midst of its most ambitious manufacturing expansion in 50 years, increasing capacity in the United States and adding plants around the world.

Over the course of his impressive 20 year career at Ford Motor Company, Ron Johnson has supervised engineering, launching, and managing quality assurance for vehicles at plants in the United States, Mexico, Europe, and China. Previous to his current position as Director, Americas Quality, Ron was Regional Director for Purchasing STA Asia Pacific, responsible for supplier quality and delivery, and achieving best ever numbers for the supplier metrics. Read Ron Johnson's full biography.

The Tauber Institute brings together graduate students from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and College of Engineering to gain operations expertise and leadership skills, then work together at sponsoring companies around the world, tackling diverse operations challenges in industries such as aerospace, energy, internet commerce, automotive manufacturing, tech, and healthcare. In over 30 collaborative projects with industry each year, the Tauber Institute applies cutting-edge operations theory to real-world problems, saving sponsoring companies millions of dollars through increased efficiency and waste reduction, and often simultaneously improving working conditions and reducing environmental impact.

Input from the Industry Advisory Board ensures that the Tauber Institute stays at the forefront of operations education and responds quickly to industry needs. Offering guidance consistent with the program's mission and objectives, the Industry Advisory Board actively assists the Tauber Institute in achieving its academic and research goals through industry leadership, cooperation, feedback, and acquisition of financial support.

The board, which meets twice a year with Tauber Institute leadership, represents a diverse group of organizations.
View a full list of board members with biographies.

About the Tauber Institute for Global Operations

A joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and College of Engineering, working together with industry partners to facilitate cross-disciplinary education in global operations management. Well-designed and managed team projects form the cornerstone of the Tauber Institute experience, and allow students to apply their knowledge to real world settings. http://www.tauber.umich.edu