Kunal Sharma Promoted to COO
Kunal Sharma has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at NATEL EMS, a leading electronics manufacturer, announced President/CEO Sudesh Arora. This important top management appointment is a key element in NATEL’s current drive to achieve higher performance levels among tier-two electronics manufacturers.
In his new position, Kunal oversees NATEL’s operations groups across all North American facilities. This includes responsibilities for manufacturing, test facilities, and process engineering at NATEL sites in Carlsbad, CA, Chatsworth, CA, Mason, Ohio, and Juarez, Mexico, with the exception of supply chain processes. “In this new position, I will have the opportunity to drive our President’s vision of continuous improvement throughout all divisions of Natel, resulting in increased value to our customers,” says Kunal.
“Kunal has proven himself quickly and served NATEL well as Vice President of Operations,” says Sudesh. “His focus has been on applying lean methodologies and eliminating waste throughout NATEL’s value stream. He has led the spread of the NATEL Business System into our most recent acquisition and this expertise is exactly what we need in a Chief Operating Officer as we look at the horizon.”
Kunal has more than 15 years of manufacturing and operations leadership experience in the automotive, semi-conductor, aerospace and defense industries. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Starting his career as a manufacturing engineer at Toyota (NUMMI) and Kavlico, Kunal was certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and Shainin Apprentice. Rising to become production manager and manufacturing manager at companies such as Danaher and Rexnord, he used his lean manufacturing knowledge to successfully lead multiple manufacturing and transactional Kaizen events that resulted in improvements in on-time delivery, yields and reduction of inventory.
Outside of work, Kunal enjoys spending time with his wife and his eight year old twins, hiking, reading, and tennis.
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