James B. King - Hall of Fame 2020

Electrical and Computer Engineering

James B. King, B.S. '65, M.S. '67, is president of his own consulting firm specializing in total quality management, business process re-engineering, design-to-cost and supply chain management, outsourcing, performance measurements, supplier partnerships, and business strategy deployment. King began his career at Ford Motor Company, holding numerous management positions in engineering, marketing, manufacturing and service. In 1984, he joined Allegheny International in Pittsburgh as director of quality and was a partner at Coopers and Lybrand (now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers) from 1986-93. For both organizations, he was responsible for development and implementation of total quality management practices. King has been a lead partner in major consulting engagements with Fortune 100 and smaller companies, both domestic and abroad, including Ford, Johnson & Johnson, Westinghouse Electric, Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola and Quaker State. He has developed and conducted a variety of executive seminars, meetings and symposia; was appointed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner; and authored the book Process Improvement Simplified – a How-to Book for Success in any Organization. King chaired a committee to establish the Dr. Albert King Biomedical Engineering Endowed Professorship, which raised over $750,000 for the College of Engineering. He holds two degrees in electrical engineering from Wayne State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

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