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Peoria, IL 61625

IMEC - Chicago Region
1651 Wilkening Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60173

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Illinois Performance Excellence welcomes new Executive Director

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Amy Fitzgerald
April 13, 2016   309-677-2977

Peoria, Ill. - April 13, 2016 - We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Krupowicz as Executive Director of Illinois Performance Excellence (ILPEx), effective April 18, 2016.  Krupowicz will lead the efforts to ensure ILPEx is the leading choice in Illinois for organizations on the path to world-class performance, including oversight of the annual ILPEx Awards for Excellence process.


Krupowicz is a seasoned quality executive with over 20 years of experience focused on process improvement.  Most recently, he served as the Director of Business Improvement for Viavi Solutions; prior he was with Tellabs as the Director of Process Improvement.  With extensive experience developing and implementing effective programs resulting in improved business performance, Krupowicz is adept at creating demand for organizational improvement.


"We have a tremendous opportunity ahead to support and partner with organizations on their journey toward performance excellence, transforming our state into a leader of economic opportunity," shared Krupowicz.


David Boulay, Interim ILPEx Executive Director and IMEC President, offers his positive vision for the future of the organization. "The addition of Ben to the team comes at a time of extensive strategic planning for ILPEx and IMEC.  We are excited for the knowledge and excitement he brings, especially as we outline the future of our statewide focus on the competitiveness and process optimization of local companies. Ben has demonstrated the ability to successfully develop and implement effective programs that result in improved business performance.  We look forward to the experience and energy Ben will bring as the Executive Director of ILPEx."


For more information, contact Emily Lee at 309-677-4633 or elee@ilpex.org.




About Illinois Performance Excellence (ILPEx)

ILPEx was founded in 1994 to nurture, develop and highlight excellence by bringing individuals and organizations together, to learn from each other, to share best practices for organizational change and process improvement.  As a 501(c)(3), ILPEx’s mission is to advance Illinois organizations’ capability and knowledge of performance excellence by delivering consultation, instruction and assessments within the framework of the Criteria for Performance Excellence.


About Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)

IMEC was established in 1996 to improve the productivity and competitiveness of Illinois' small and mid-sized manufacturing firms. IMEC links long-term plans and related goals with on-site implementation services by identifying performance gaps, solving these gaps, and building a culture to support sustained improvements.


For more information on how your organization can benefit from services provided by Illinois Performance Excellence, visit www.ilpex.org, or call 888-806-4632.


For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, visit www.nist.gov/baldrige/.