Richard J. Hlava is the Chief Operating Officer for The Pampered Chef, the premier direct seller of essential kitchen tools and part of the Berkshire Hathaway family of businesses.
Mr. Hlava manages a comprehensive array of services, functions and programs which support the 60,000 independent contracts that make up the global selling channel for all the company’s products. This includes all Supply Chain and Customer Service functions, the company’s Quality Assurance organization and all Information Technology functions.
Prior to joining The Pampered Chef in 2005, Mr. Hlava had a 30 year career with Baxter Healthcare, a $12 billion dollar global medical products and services company where he lead many aspects of the company’s global supply chain. Specific roles at Baxter included, Vice President of Operations for Baxter’s Healthcare Distribution Business, Vice President of Operations & Logistics for Baxter Canada, Vice President and Founding Member of Source Medical, a joint venture Canadian Healthcare Distributor and Vice President of Global Purchasing and Supplier Management.
Mr. Hlava is the former President of the Board of Directors for the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, and is on the Board of Regents for Lewis University.
Mr. Hlava holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.