Mr. Karl Guenther is an experienced business professional with over 35 years experience in the Medical, Aerospace and Defense sectors. During this time he has implemented the principals of Toyota Production System and Lean Design/Sigma into operations, research & development and product management procedures and systems. He holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of South Florida in Industrial Engineering.
Most recently Mr. Guenther served as Director of Marketing at Oscor, Inc., a world leader in OEM manufacturing for the cardiology market. The bulk of his tenure was with Conmed Linvatec as Global Product Manager in the arthroscopic power sector of orthopedics. During that role he was responsible for managing the P&L of an expansive $118M medical device portfolio.
Karl served in other key positions at Conmed including Director of Technical Services, Program Director, and Director of Operations Management. The primary focus of these roles centered on CNC machining and precision grinding, clean room assembly and sterile packaging, engineering prototype fabrication, packaging design, equipment design, engineering test laboratory, process engineering and purchasing.
The foundation of Karl’s technical expertise was developed as a manufacturing engineer responsible for the implementation of technology and processes required to fabricate components and products spanning a wide array of materials bound for the medical device and aerospace and defense markets. As operations manager, Karl pioneered the first cellular manufacturing environment utilizing a toolbox consisting of 5S, One Piece Flow, Kaizen, Judoka and Poke-Yoke. Formal training in VoC at the Quality Institute, Cambridge MA, supplies the logic and structure needed to identify, develop and commercialize products and services that delight customers. Additional training in Lean Manufacturing Techniques and Design for Six Sigma has provided him the framework needed to lead cross-functional teams on the journey of product design, process development and procedure optimization.