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Executive Consultant

Paulsen & Paulsen, LLC

Christian is an Executive Consultant that specializes in Continuous Improvement and will bring value to your organization.  He brings a wealth of hands-on experience and leadership.  Christian brings a track record of driving out losses and waste while improving Safety, Quality, and improving Efficiencies.  He brings the Continuous Improvement tools of Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and Total Perfect Manufacturing (TPM). Christian instills a Zero Loss mentality while teaching how to bring sustained excellence in your organization. Christian also excels in general Leadership and is available for Leadership consultations / training.  

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Business Unit Manager

Nestle USA (Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream)

Managed Nestlé’s highest volume Ice Cream Business Unit manufacturing Nestle, Edy’s, and Dreyer’s products.Led 140 people including 5 Managers, 12 Supervisors and floor operators in Flavoring, Freezing, Packaging and Palletizing.Primary driver in continuous improvement systems and plant contact for engineering projects.

·Doubled manufacturing throughput after taking over high speed cone lines that were in start up mode.

·Reduced Sanitation and Change-over times by 33%.

·Reduced rejected product by 50% with improved SOP’s.

·Reduced Material Losses by 25%.


Plant Manager

Ring Container Technologies

Managed all aspects of this HDPE blow molding manufacturing plant including budget development and P&L, Production, Warehousing & Shipping, Customer Service and Staff Management.Implemented Continuous Improvement systems and led all plant initiatives.

·Restored key customer relationships.

·Improved operating efficiencies (OEE) by over 10 points.

·Managed 2 major line installations and a line relocation with no customer shortages. 


Manufacturing Manager

Ann's House of Nuts

Private Manufacturer of Quality Nuts, Dried Fruit, and Trail Mix

Managed Roasting, Blending, and Packaging manufacturing operations.Led 3 Managers (direct reports), 11 Supervisors, and 400-500 hourly employees.

·Managed production through growth of 40%.

·Reduced the Consumer Complaint Rate by 34%.

·Developed and implemented improved procedures resulting in a 25% reduction of roasted inventory.

·Implemented procedures improving the quality of intermediate mixes by 50%.

·Improved GMP’s as measured by both customer and internal audits.

·Developed, directed, and/or conducted training of operators, supervisors, and managers.


Operations Manager


I worked at 5 of Unilever's North American manufacturing plants in progressive leadership roles as noted below:

Operations Manager, Little Rock, Arkansas (2001 to 2006)

Led all operations at the Skippy Peanut Butter Plant with 145 team members including Shipping and Receiving, Logistics, Roasting, Processing, Packaging, Palletizing, and Maintenance.Developed the annual budget and managed the effective execution of the annual plan.

·Led plant to new Safety, Quality, Productivity, and Cost per Ton records.

·Improved line efficiencies by 10% while reducing quality rejects 50% and injuries by 33%.

·TPM Rollout:5S & AM Pillar Champion, FI Pillar team member.


Production Manager, Dallas, Texas (1999-2001)

Managed margarine production (I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Imperial, Country Crock & Promise) including Oil Receiving, Processing, Filling, Packaging, and Palletizing in a highly Just-In-Time environment.

·Improved line efficiencies by 5 points

·Increased OSHA recordable rate by 20% in adverse conditions.

Production Manager, Suffolk, Virginia (1997-1999)

Managed the Lipton Instant Tea Department (Processing, Decaf Process, Spray Drying, Blending, Maintenance, and Packaging) independently leading with an entrepreneurial spirit in a Lean / TQM environment.

·Led the department through a complete paradigm shift enabling better support of a highly seasonal and competitive business while reducing conversion costs by 37% and changeover times by 74% (SMED).

Materials Manager, Lipton Tea, Santa Cruz, California (1996-1997)

Production Manager, Lipton Soups & Side Dishes, Lawry’s Seasonings, Flemington, New Jersey (1993-1995)

Production Supervisor, Lipton Soups & Side Dishes, Lawry’s Seasonings, Flemington, NJ (1991-1993)


Production Supervisor

Frito Lay

Packaging Supervisor, Frankfort, IN



US Navy
Cruise Missile Tactical Qualification Team 1987-1989 Joint Task Force Middle East 1988 Division Officer, USS Comte De Grasse (DD-974) 1985-1987 Qualified Engineering Officer of the Watch & Surface Warfare Officer Engineering Officer of the Watch School-Newport, RI 1985 Surface Warfare Officer School-Newport, RI 1984


Dale Carnegie Course

Dale Carnegie Course Graduate

Received the Highest Achiever Award

Received the Human Relations Award

Served as a Graduate Coach for 2 DC Courses


Regent University

Lehigh University - College of Business and Economics


Purdue University


Technical & Product Experience
  Technical experience:  freezers, blow molding, dry roasting, oil roasting, milling, mixing, blending, heat exchangers, spray drying, high-speed packaging and palletizing.  Successful in both union and non-union plants. Product Experience:  dairy, ice cream novelties, packaged ice cream, roasted nuts, trail mix, peanut butter, margarine and spreads, instant tea, tea, soups, side dishes, seasonings, beverage mixes, dry mix, salty snacks, potato chips, corn chips. Brands:  Nestle Drumsticks, Edy's Grand Ice Cream, Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, Skippy Peanut Butter, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Shed's Spread, Country Crock, Promise, Imperial, Lipton Iced Tea Mix, Lipton Tea, Lipton Soup, Lipton Side Dishes, Adolph's Seasonings, Lawry's Seasonings, Wyler's Drink Mix, Frito-Lay Potato Chips, Fritos, Doritos, Cheetos and other Frito-Lay Corn Chip products. Keywords:  Continuous Improvement, Process Improvement, Kaizen, 5S, 8-D, TPM, Autonomous Maintenance, AM, Focused Improvement, FI Lean Manufacturing, Root Cause Analysis, SMED, operational leadership, cost reduction, quality improvement  


Joan Kasprzycki-Strauss

"Christian Paulsen held a challenging position at Ann's House of Nuts that involved continually changing priorities and personnel. Despite these complexities, he persevered in meeting objectives and maintained his composure. He upheld his high principles when faced with difficult decisions and was a team player.”

Michael Walton

“Christian is results driven, detail oriented and is a TPM thinking leader in an industry that demands these qualities in a continuous improving world. Christian delivers repeated results with a passion for safety, quality, performance, and doing what is right in a TPM based manufacturing environment. Christian adds incredible value to any team he plays for to get repeated wins and zero losses!”

Doug Condon

“Christian is a detailed oriented individual who is respected by his peers, direct reports and upline managers. I worked with Christian as a Corporate Project Engineer when he was the Manufacturing Manager in our Skippy Plant in Little Rock Arkansas. He was always someone I could count as a business partner to get things done directly or indirectly OTIF. He has a good attention to detail and can strategically influence people both inside and outside his direct control. I would certainly endorse Christian for any Supply Chain job where strategic influencing, integrity and execution are major factors in job execution."

John Zabrodsky

“Christian is a detail oriented manager with excellent technical skill and had a very good rapport with the plant management, supervisory, and operator staff at Unilever - Little Rock. The project we collaborated on provided immediate process value and financial payback to the plant and was completed well within budget and schedule constraints.”

Ernie Ahumada

“I worked closely with Chris for several months on operations improvement processes. Chris is a steady leader that is accustomed to managing multiple complex priorities simultanuously. His strong work ethic drives a continuous improvement mindset for himself and his teams. Chris is constantly improving his skills and knowledge and he is respected and trusted to do the right thing. I'd work with Chris again anytime.” 

Doug Bame

“Chris is a results oriented business unit manager with a bias for action. He drives accountability, communicates well, and establishes good working relationships. His work ethic is appreciated and he is willing to do what it takes to get the job done.” 

Chris Sanderson

"Dependable. Detail-oriented. Prepared. Positive. Encouraging. I have the pleasure of working together with Chris as the instructional team for the Dale Carnegie Course. I wish we had another 10 just like him.”

Jeremy Pennington

Great writings Christian...Like always you're a motivating leader.


TPM Instructor


Consulting Services


Navy Commendation Medal

Navy Achievement Medal

Joint Services Unit Commendation Medal

Joint Services Expeditionary Medal

Surface Warfare Qualification

Engineering Officer of the Watch Qualification

Officer of the Deck Qualification (In Port & Underway)

Fun Fact

Selected to represent Unilever's Skippy Peanut Butter Plant for filming of the Travel Channel's Fun Food Factory Tours.


Dale Carnegie Highest Acheiver Award.

Dale Carnegie Human Relations Award.


Christian is an Executive Consultant that specializes in Continuous Improvement and will bring value to your organization.  He brings a wealth of hands-on experience and leadership.  Christian brings a track record of driving out losses and waste while improving Safety, Quality, and improving Efficiencies.  He brings the Continuous Improvement tools of Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and Total Perfect Manufacturing (TPM). Christian instills a Zero Loss mentality while teaching how to bring sustained excellence in your organization. Christian also excels in general Leadership and is available for Leadership consultations / training.  

Christian's expertise is recognized in the industry.  His work has been published by Food Processing Magazine and Manufacturing Report.  His blog is a Recommended Corporate Leadership Resource of Six

His services are available if you contact him via Christian’s experience includes the use of Lean principles in Food and Beverage manufacturing plants using a variety of tools (please see below). Christian successfully led Kaizen Teams with a track record of yield and efficiency gains, process improvement, cost reduction, as well as safety and quality improvement in ten manufacturing plants competing in highly competitive markets. Christian’s experience also includes the TPM Instructor Course training and leading the implementations of 5S, Autonomous Maintenance, and TPM. Christian attended Purdue University on a Navy ROTC scholarship and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics. After serving in the US Navy, Christian pursued a career in manufacturing with Frito-Lay, Unilever (Lipton), and Nestle USA as well as smaller private manufacturers. Christian also has MBA coursework at Lehigh and Regent Universities.

Experience also includes: *20 years in 10 manufacturing plants producing a variety of products *8 years at a Plant Manager, Business Unit Manager, Operations Manager, or Manufacturing Manager level *Processing emphasis for 12 years including roasting, spray drying, milling, mixing and blending, and heat exchangers. *Packaging emphasis for 15 years with speeds up to 250 jars per minute and including flexible packaging (vertical and horizontal) and rotary filling and capping (glass, PET, and fiberboard canisters) *Change Management

*Lean Manufacturing

*Six Sigma *TPM (Instructor Course Graduate + in plant implementation) *Dale Carnegie Highest Achiever Award *Strong team building and people skills *5 years of additional leadership as an United States Naval Officer

Career Highlights:

Change Catalystwell rounded management style creates common vision & positive relationships.

·Reduced manufacturing costs by $3 million through operational improvements in yield, quality, and efficiencies (Skippy Peanut Butter).

·Identified and implemented Skippy jar modifications resulting in savings of $350,000 and improved look.

·Established a 7-day production schedule to support customer demand (Nestle).

·Improved weight control procedures reducing yield loss by $160,000 annually (Lipton Iced Tea).

·Improved union relations while identifying critical changes to the labor contract (Unilever Margarine).

·Implemented 5S and Autonomous Maintenance (Skippy).

Tenacious Achieverimproves profitability by targeting safety, quality, yield & efficiency losses.

·Improved Skippy labor efficiency (lbs/labor hour) by 19% setting plant records for pounds produced and cost per ton.

·Reduced Lipton Iced Tea conversion costs by 37% and average changeover times by 74%.

·Led yield improvement team resulting in a $390,000 annual yield savings (Skippy).

·Improved line efficiencies by more than 10 points (Nestle, Ring Container, Skippy, Lipton Iced Tea).

Strong Leadershipestablish & communicates local goals to achieve business objectives.

·Maintains consistent track record of continuous improvement by instilling a zero loss vision for safety, quality, yield, and productivity.

·Reduced the daily sanitation cycle from 12 hours to less than 8 hours (Nestle).

·Developed a Behavior Based Safety program reducing injuries by 33% (Skippy) and 20% (Unilever Margarine).

·Designed and implemented a seasonal labor program increasing capacity by 38% (Lipton Iced Tea).

·Lead plant role in development of new products (Skippy Natural Peanut Butter & Skippy Carb Options) with minimal capital investment & aggressive timing.

Food Processing Magazine

Consumer Goods Global Business & Networking Forum

Recognized as a Lean Manufacturing expert and recruited to serve as a Top Blogger on this international forum.  See my Lean Leadership blog here and read the press release here.

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Manufacturing Report

Author of Implementing Change-Where Do You Start?  Published by Manufacturing Report (July 21, 2010).  See Manufacturing Report

The Leaders Daily

American Culinary Award

Key player in the launch and prodcution of Skippy Natural Peanut Butter-winner of the American Culinary Chef’s Best Taste Award

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