Joel Smith

Director, Rapid Continuous Improvement
Dr Pepper Snapple
Joel Smith is Director of Rapid Continuous Improvement for Dr Pepper Snapple Group, a position he has held since 2016. Prior to this role, Joel spent 13 years with Minitab Inc. in multiple positions as an expert on statistical analysis and Lean Six Sigma. He is the author of the Random Thoughts column in Six Sigma Forum magazine, former chair of the ASQ Statistics Division, and former chair of the Lean & Six Sigma World Conference. Smith has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in statistics from Virginia Tech.

11:00 AM Achieving growth and profitability even in headwinds: Dr Pepper’s Rapid Continuous Improvement (RCI) Program

· A top down approach: Setting a vision straight from the CFO
· Improvements go way beyond manufacturing & operations
· Evolving RCI as business needs and opportunities change               
· Measures of success: evaluating the effectiveness of RCI
· RCI as the core skillsets for future leaders: Sustaining the transformation