Karl Wadensten



Karl is the entrepreneur and CEO leading VIBCO, an innovative Rhode Island-based manufacturing company, and a world leader in industrial vibration products used in construction, manufacturing, and infrastructure with over 360,000 global customers. He is a Thought Leader and a member of the National Speakers Bureau who’s been widely recognized for business growth and superior customer satisfaction through sustainability, U.S.-based supply chain excellence, Lean culture, and Strengths-based organizational design. Karl’s dedication to Lean and continuous improvement has led him to teach at the University of Rhode Island where he runs a co-op, hands-on program of Lean, Six Sigma and Green Belt certification. He is a proud alumnus of one of Rhode Island’s prestigious business groups, Leadership Rhode Island (LRI) and also serves on the boards of Rhode Island’s Commerce Corporation as Treasurer, the Governor’s Lean Steering Committee and as Rhode Island’s Mentoring Officer. Taking an active role in Young President’s Organization (YPO) since 1995, he served as past chair of the Global Manufacturing Excellence Network for the Chapter where he worked with 2,000 manufacturers around the world, and as the New England Chapter Chair, attending events worldwide.