As Business Excellence & Sustainability Leader, Barbara Close leads numerous quality and process improvement initiatives. Her Quality focus is enhancing Versa’s reputation as a quality leader in the marketplace. Her responsibilities include oversight and leadership of our QC/Inspection Department operations and collaborating with our manufacturing and engineering departments to ensure quality is built into every order we ship. In Digital Strategy she’s driving our effort in digital marketing. Her main responsibility there is this website and helping grow our business using inbound marketing tools.
Barbara has a broad skill set across strategy, operations, marketing, sustainability and corporate development. Her previous leadership roles include Director in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Transaction Service Strategy Group, Senior Strategist for Ingersoll Rand and Tyco Safety Products leading global M&A. She started her career as a space systems test engineer, ran a small business as a professional equestrian and run a consultancy focused on sustainability strategy and operations. Engaged by Versa as a consultant in 2013, she joined the company full-time in 2014.
She earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington.
She focuses her free time on golf. She and her husband play as many rounds as possible when care of their five cats allows.