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Ken Snyder

Ken Snyder

Executive Dean, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
Interim Executive Director, Shingo Institute
Department(s): Management
Executive Education Programs: Shingo Institute
Location:  Business 507
Office Phone:  435.797.1387
Fax:  435.797.3929


MBA, Harvard Graduate School of Business, 1980 Emphasis: International Business and Finance
BA, History, University of Utah, 1978


Ken developed an interest in Japanese business practices while living in Japan during the time he was a student. His interest led him to major in Japanese history and then to pursue an MBA for the purpose of working with a Japanese business expanding to the United States. Inspired by the work of Professors Mike Yoshino and William Ouchi, Ken wrote his master’s thesis on “Applying Japanese Business Practices in American Companies.”

Immediately after graduation, Snyder joined a Japanese electronics manufacturing company and helped lead the establishment of its U.S. affiliate company. As plant manager, and later president of the Japanese affiliate company, Ken led the company through the implementation of TQC, QC Circles, JIT and kanban initiatives. After over ten years with the Japanese affiliate company, Ken led the startup of Progressive Impressions International (PII) in Bloomington, Illinois. In addition to implementing initiatives similar to what was implemented in the Japanese affiliate company, Ken also created a “lean accounting” system even before that term existed. Snyder led the growth of PII from pre-revenue to over $25 million in annual revenues. Before joining the Huntsman School, Snyder was president of Marketing Communication Inc., an operating division of Taylor Corporation, where he directed a group of six companies while growing revenues of the group from $25 million to over $80 million. He joined the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business in 2008.

Ken has served on numerous boards, including as a member of the Shingo Institute Executive Advisory Board since 2009. Ken has also been a Shingo examiner since 2010. He was named chairman of the Shingo Executive Advisory Board and executive director of the Shingo Institute in 2015.

Ken earned an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1980 with an emphasis in international business. Prior to that he earned a BA in Japanese history from University of Utah in 1978.

Related Huntsman News Articles

Ken Snyder leaves job directing six companies to come to USU (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Fall 2008)