Leadership Team

Variat’s founders are firmly rooted in quality management and software development for the manufacturing industry. The founding team met while working in Waterloo, IA for John Deere. They left their corporate jobs to revolutionize how manufacturers use technology to build better products, save time, and save money.

Chris JenneCEO

Chris Jenne has managed supplied component quality for multiple John Deere units across a wide array of different commodities, including machined and fabricated steel, iron castings, and complete engine assemblies. He has seen the quality struggles shared by world class manufacturers and small job shops alike.

Ben KelseyCTO

Ben Kelsey is a talented software developer who has led shop floor data collection and analytics initiatives for world class production facilities. His flagship projects achieved unified communications strategies for monitoring shop floor efficiency, and a shop floor work instruction delivery system now used at multiple facilities. 

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