Yurij Wowczuk is currently Head – Global Production and Technology with Matthews International Inc.  In this capacity, he has overall corporate responsibility for the Matthews Management System (MMS) and provides leadership for global health & safety, corporate purchasing, supplier development, capital strategy, engineering, intelligent manufacturing/new technology and product development, M&A due diligence/deal flow, and human capital projects.

Prior to joining Matthews, Mr. Wowczuk was General Manager of ITW Sexton (a subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works), a $60MM manufacturer of specialty high pressure containers and deep drawn components for the automotive Tier I supply chain and aftermarket.   During his tenure revenues grew 10% annually and EBITDA growth 15%. Additionally, he led the international expansion of the business into South America and Asia and developed three new product lines.

During his tenure with the Operations Practice of McKinsey & Company, Mr. Wowczuk served clients in the consumer packaged goods sector, leading lean manufacturing implementation, maintenance & reliability improvement initiatives, and product development engagements.  A network-wide operations improvement transformation for a leading food and confections producer yielded over $100MM USD in savings across a global footprint.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Yurij was Plant Manager of Impress USA’s Weirton facility.  In this capacity, he had turnaround and P&L responsibility for the $75MM+ plant, which produced sanitary/food can end and coated steel sheets. 

From 1994-1998, Mr. Wowczuk was Vice President of the West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WVMEP), where he was responsible for manufacturing consulting services, lean manufacturing projects, new product development consulting, and quality systems implementation. 

Yurij received a bachelor’s degree in economics, summa cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh and also holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management.  Yurij is fluent in Ukrainian, partially in Spanish, and is the holder of several United States and International patents in high pressure aerosol container design and manufacture.  He is the author of numerous articles, a book, and has been published in Industry Week, Journal of the Product Development Management Association, and the McKinsey Operations Extranet.

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