Jean-Claude Kihn has extensive experience leading innovation efforts and bringing new technologies to traditional products. He is an expert in implementing a phase gate process to select the right innovation projects and drive them to a successful market introduction. As a former international executive, Jean-Claude has the unique “know-how” necessary to help companies grow in markets outside of the U.S.
Throughout his career, Jean-Claude served in a variety of R&D and senior leadership roles at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, including leading Goodyear’s Peru, Brazil, Latin America, Europe Middle East and Africa lines of business. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of the company.
While at Goodyear, he championed the development of a new product innovation strategy by implementing a disciplined innovation process to ensure the right technology projects are selected and adequately funded to maximize the chances of commercial success. He encouraged open innovation to gain access to new technologies available around the world. Moreover, he focused on the development and implementation of lean R&D, enabling substantial improvements in development cycle times and on-time delivery.
Jean-Claude is a chemical engineer and has a Ph.D. from the University of Louvain, Belgium.