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New Executive Director of MRIVCC Named

Katherine FranzKatherine A. Franz has been named executive director of the Michigan State University Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation (MRIVCC). She will assume the role by August 1, 2015.

The MRIVCC develops effective and sustainable solutions to improve all types of public and private value chains. Research areas include water quality and delivery, food safety and sustainability, global manufacturing, and value chain integration. The institute also offers executive education programs in value chain creation.

Franz comes to MSU with more than 25 years of experience leading global manufacturing, engineering, and service organizations. She most recently served as chief operating officer at GE Transportation. Prior to that, she held several leadership positions at Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation. Franz has applied lean methodologies, standard operating systems, and Six Sigma processes to solve challenging issues and transform business operations.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University and an MSA in business administration from Central Michigan University.

“Katherine is a results-oriented leader with demonstrated success in building diverse, high performing teams,” says David Closs, chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management in the Broad College of Business and John H. McConnell Chaired Professor in Business Administration. “Her background in manufacturing, operations, and engineering will be instrumental in moving the MRIVCC forward.”

The MRIVCC is a part of the Broad College of Business and includes researchers from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Engineering, and College of Social Science. The institute is located in Midland, Michigan. Founding partners include The Dow Chemical Company and Dow Corning Corporation as well as several Midland-based foundations.