Work History

Work History
2010 - Present

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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2009 - 2010

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%.

2007 - 2008

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. 

2006 - 2007

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.

1991 - 2006

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)

1989 - 1991

Production Supervisor

Frito Lay

Packaging Supervisor, Frankfort, IN

1984 - 1989


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

1998 - 1999

Regent University
1994 - 1995

Lehigh University - College of Business and Economics
1980 - 1984


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  



TPM Instructor