Mike Potempa

Mike Potempa
Vice President
80/20 Expert


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Mike is a Vice President at Strategex and a consultant in our 80/20 Profit Enhancement service.

Mike Potempa is an 80/20 process expert with over 25 years of successful P&L leadership experience managing manufacturing, sales, and distribution businesses. He has a diverse background in operations, engineering, strategic sourcing, manufacturing, customer service, sales and marketing.

Prior to joining Strategex, Mike was Vice President and General Manager at Illinois Tool Works (ITW) for 20 years, first in Baltimore, Maryland, where he ran a consumables manufacturing facility with responsibility for commercial sales in the eastern half of the United States and Canada, and later in Chicago overseeing the ITW Industry Packaging Systems Division, a group of 7 businesses that included design, manufacture and sales of highly engineered equipment, and consumable systems for customers around the world. He was responsible for growing this group both organically and through acquisition.

During his tenure with ITW, Mike championed new manufacturing processes designed to simplify production and produce superior products with significant competitive advantage. He also provided leadership and direction in multiple product development projects focused on customer and marketplace needs. He is named as an inventor on two patented products. Mike has extensive experience consolidating and restructuring businesses using 80/20 and related tools, generating millions of dollars of savings, and driving bottom line growth while improving service to key customers. He has simplified operations and business processes to improve operating results, asset management, and cash flow.

Prior to joining Illinois Tool Works, Mike was Vice President and General Manager for a small privately held company in the specialty machinery business. He also worked for Rockwell International and Chrysler Corporation. He has experience working with large global customers across multiple industries, such as Georgia Pacific, International Paper, Owens Illinois, Rexam, Boral Brick, Coca Cola, and Ball Corporation.

Mike has a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and an MBA from the University of Hartford, with concentrations in Marketing and Management Information Systems.