Cooper vice president earns top quality award
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. reports that Global Quality, Operational Excellence and Information Technology Vice President Carl Montalbine has been named Quality Leader of the Year by the American Society for Quality's (ASQ) Automotive Division.
ASQ Automotive Division Chairman Ha Dao said Montalbine's accomplishments include establishing a lean six sigma program at Cooper; achieving 34% more than expected savings; achieving ISO 9000 certifications in all plants globally; implementing a global enterprise resource planning initiative; driving a cultural change that embraces continuous improvement; and sharing best practices to spread the quality improvement.
Accepting the honor, Montalbine said, "This award is less about my vision and leadership than it is a reflection of the teamwork and dedication Cooper people exhibit every day. It was the entire team's creativity, initiative and hard work that helped us exceed expectations and surpass our goals. Cooper is well known in the global tire industry for producing high quality tires and in my role I am responsible for supporting the company’s strategic imperative by continuing to drive quality and process improvements in the manufacturing and administrative processes.“
Montalbine joined Cooper in 2007 as vice president of global quality and operational excellence.