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Eric Kulikowski on Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement

An Interview with the Senior Director of Supply Chain Optimization at Philips Respironics
April 17, 2012
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In This Interview
Eric Kulikowski

At a Glance

Senior director, supply chain optimization, Philips Respironics


Bachelor’s degree, mechanical and aerospace engineering, University of Dayton

Career Highlights

2008–present, senior operations leader, Philips Respironics

1998–2008, plant manager, Philips Respironics

1994–1998, purchasing manager, Philips Respironics

1990–1994, new-product-development project manager, Philips Respironics

1985–1990, missile systems test engineer, Lockheed Missiles and Space

Outside Activities

Member, board of directors, Catalyst Connection

Member, board of directors, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Pittsburgh Affiliate


The Boston Consulting Group has teamed up with Assembly Magazine to sponsor the Assembly Plant of the Year award. The award recognizes state-of-the-art facilities that have made exceptional progress in reducing production costs, increasing productivity, shortening time to market, or improving product quality. Every assembly plant in the U.S. is eligible.

The 2011 award went to a Philips Respironics facility in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, just outside Pittsburgh. The 172,000-square-foot plant assembles electromechanical medical devices for the sleep and respiratory market, shipping products to more than 120 countries around the world. Michael Zinser, a partner and managing director in BCG’s Chicago office, spoke with Eric Kulikowski, the senior director of supply chain optimization, about the factors that have made the plant a success.