Robert Thikoll

Vice President of Operational Excellence at Ingersoll Rand

Indianapolis, IN, USA

Work Experience


Vice President of Operational Excellence

In his role as vice president of operational excellence, Robert is responsible for growing and developing Ingersoll Rand’s commitment operational excellence through lean transformation. He and his team provide thought leadership, influence and hands-on engagement to lead the comprehensive implementation of lean initiatives throughout the company. He partners closely with presidents and senior leaders of the company’s strategic business units to help identify, lead and execute lean objectives to drive growth and margin expansion, along with growing the company’s winning culture.
October 2014 - Present Indianapolis, Indiana, United States


Vice president, Global Operations for Danaher’s Beckman Coulter Life Sciences

Robert held roles of increasing responsibility with Danaher from 2000-2015, including vice president, global operations for Danaher’s Beckman Coulter Life Sciences in Indianapolis, Indiana. While with Danaher, he won many accolades for premier performance in his global facilities.
2000 - 2015 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Aisin Takaoka Company

Lean Experience

Prior to Danaher, Robert had eight years of lean experience with Aisin Takaoka Company, a tier-one Toyota, supplier living and working in Japan, and Intat Precision, an Aisin Takaoka subsidiary.
1992 - 2000 Japan


Arizona State University

Dual Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Japanese with a minor in Asian studies

Tempe, Arizona, United States


English (Native),
Japanese (Advanced),


Development, Global Operations, Growth, Leadership, Lean Experience, Operational Excellence,