Kevin Willey

Kevin Willey

March 23, 2018 | Business/Industry Essentials
12:50 - 1:50p 

PRESENTATION: Being Right Doesn't Make you Effective

The importance of realizing that being “the smartest person in the room” doesn’t often lead to results.


Kevin Willey is the Kroger Executive in Residence at Cintrifuse of Cincinnati. He has more than 34 years of leadership and management experience from his early career as a Captain in the Airforce to; Head of Digital at Kroger. Currently Kevin is embarking on a 1+ year assignment as part of his Kroger journey to engage the Venture Capital and Startup ecosystem in Cincinnati and beyond.

Kevin started his career in the United States Airforce as a USAF Officer or (Captain) stationed at Right Patterson Airforce Base. While there was a researcher in machine vision, using model-based techniques across the entire electro-magnetic spectrum. Designed the infrastructure and managed an eight person research team to support the physical laboratory that supported the USAF Model-Based Vision Laboratory.

With that background Kevin transitioned to the Civilian sector and began his work as Senior Director of Enterprise Architecture and systems engineering at the Reynolds and Reynolds Company. Creating the processes and procedures for introducing and executing systems engineering in the product lifecycle process.

Fast forward 15 years and a few minor moves later and we arrive to Kevin’s time with the Kroger Company where he was responsible for overall execution of multiple architecture domains including: Enterprise Architecture, Systems Architecture, Project Architecture, User Experience, Software Architecture and Performance Architecture.

Kevin Serves on several boards, including a co-chair for Artswave, and an Elected member of advisors for the National Youth Science Camp Alumni Association.

He earned his Electrical And Computer Engineering degree from the University of Iowa,
and holds 2 graduate studies degrees consisting of Electrical Engineering and Statistical pattern Recognition.