Dr. Lynne B. Hare retired as Director of Applied Statistics at Kraft Foods and returned to private practice in 2008. His consulting offerings span most major corporate activities, with particular emphasis in R&D and Manufacturing.
Research leadership focuses on Statistical Thinking as it plays a singular, critical role in efficiency, teamwork and the acceleration of speed to successful marketing through data-driven decisions and Experimental Design, including screening and optimizing designs, and Data Analysis and Interpretation.
Manufacturing leadership encourages examination of the whole process with goals to improve both productivity and quality through the reduction of process variation. Lynne leads client organizations through the discovery process whereby major sources of process variation are detected and eliminated, resulting in vastly increased throughput and customer satisfaction.
Lynne brings with him 45 years of industrial applied statistics and quality management experience. He has led applied statistics departments at Hunt-Wesson Foods, Unilever, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and, most recently, Kraft Foods, Inc. where he won that company’s Senior Technology Award for expanding the sphere of statistical influence on a global basis, thereby saving, according to Kraft estimates, literally hundreds of millions of dollars.
Lynne has been named by the American Society for Quality a “Pioneer in Statistical Thinking,” a distinction that comes from numerous successful projects, lectures, short courses and co-authorship of a book on the subject. He is regarded as an Experimental Design expert and is noted for both technical expertise in the field and broad dissemination of the technology through industrial short courses, one-on-one consulting and value rich strategic applications. His work in this field includes efficient decision science for chemical-physical measures and for sensory/consumer measures alike.
He has adapted Statistical Thinking to the manufacturing environment by introducing Process Variation Reduction (PVR) and leading others to apply the methods to great financial and customer satisfaction advantage. PVR, a precursor to Six Sigma, whets the appetite for broad, organization-wide quality and productivity initiatives. Lynne works on the leading edge of these initiatives, and has taught and mentored Six Sigma Master Black Belts, Black Belts, etc., championing the cause at high corporate levels.
A Fellow of both the American Statistical Association and the American Society for Quality, Lynne has served as Chairman of ASA’s Section on Quality and Productivity and ASQ’s Statistics Division. He has worked on numerous ASA committees and contributed to the body of knowledge there. The ASQ has acknowledged his leadership by granting him the William G. Hunter Award for excellence in statistical leadership and the Ellis R. Ott Award for excellence in quality management. He continues to contribute there by authoring a bi-annual column in Quality Progress Magazine.
Lynne holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Food Engineering and Statistics from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in Applied and Mathematical Statistics, also from Rutgers, and an A.B. in mathematics from The Colorado College.