Green will join our company from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, where he has served as vice president, and head of Vehicle Assembly, since 2014. He will report to Jim Keppler, vice president, Integrated Supply Chain and Quality.
In his new position, Green will have responsibility for the region’s fourteen plants, central manufacturing support functions, and strategic materials management. He will advance the company’s commitment to lean and continuous improvement at the plants, and will lead the evolution of the Whirlpool Production System, which will adopt the World Class Manufacturing framework, beginning in January and extending to all plants in the U.S. and Mexico.
“We are excited for Byron to join us,” said Joe Liotine, president, Whirlpool NAR. “He has all the experience needed to take our manufacturing operations to the next level and attain breakthrough performance. He’s a dynamic leader who’s achieved success in all of his previous roles, and we welcome him to our NAR operations.”
Jim Keppler agreed: “I can’t say enough about Byron, and how fortunate we are for him to join our team,” he said.
Reporting to Green will be Jeff Durham, Amana plant leader and Refrigeration Manufacturing lead; Jim Gifford, Marion plant leader and Laundry Manufacturing lead; and Dale Laws, Findlay plant leader and Dishwashing and Cooking lead. In addition, Bruce Alexander, senior director, Operations Excellence, and Amanda Tolhurst, director, Materials, also will report to Green.
In his current role, Green is responsible for eight vehicle assembly plants across the United States and Canada, with a total team of 30,000 employees. Specifically, he is accountable for vehicle production, manufacturing engineering, advanced program planning and investment, process design, along with program management and launch activities.
Green joined Chrysler in 1998, as leader of Paint Operations in the St. Louis, Mo., assembly plant, before his first of three successful Plant Manager roles, including Chrysler’s Toledo, Ohio, Machining operations, Toledo South Assembly, and Jefferson North Assembly, Detroit. These facilities ranged in size from 2,100 to 4,000 employees.
In 2002, he was named vice president, Powertrain – Engine/Foundry Manufacturing. Subsequently, he led all Jeep and Truck manufacturing, followed by overall Vehicle Assembly for Chrysler before becoming vice president, head of Manufacturing Engineering, in late 2009. During his time, Green was responsible for the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering function for Chrysler globally, with scope that included Manufacturing Process R&D, Long-Range Product Loading Strategies, New Model Launch Execution, Lean Manufacturing, and Process Development and Standardization.
Before joining Chrysler, Green spent nine years at General Motors in production-management roles. He started his career with Ford in 1989 in the company’s Manufacturing Engineering group.
Green received his master’s degree in Engineering Management/Control Systems, from University of Detroit Mercy, and his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, from the former General Motor Institute, now Kettering University, in Flint, Mich.