Ashley Kees has spent his 30-year professional career with 3M in operations management including leadership positions such as Global Manufacturing Director, Plant Manager, Lean SixSigma Black Belt and Product Development Supervisor. Ashley’s career is highlighted by a proven leadership track record, in depth operational knowledge, and broad industry experience. His industry experience includes a broad range of industries from electrical construction to electronics to consumer goods to health care to automotive.
Ashley has significant skills and experiences in managing business and supply chain process including safety & environment (OHSA/DEQ audits and safety policies & processes), supply chain (customer service, inventory turns, warehouse operations), plant engineering (uptime improvement, capital expansion, facilities management); supplier management (supplier selection, supplier reviews, contract negotiations), Lean Six Sigma (hopper management, Lean processes, Six Sigma tools), human resources (performance reviews, wage surveys, and opinion surveys), and new product development (market research, technology development, product positioning, stage gate reviews)
Ashley has enjoyed working with non profits. He has served on the Board of Directors for United Way of Chihuahua (Mexico) and the Girl Scouts of St. Croix Valley (MN) as well as an Assistant Scout Master with the Boy Scouts of America. He looks forward to helping non profits in the future since his retirement in April 2020
Ashley’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and an Executive MBA Development Certificate from The University of Texas at Austin.