simpleQuE Consulting Team Member

Paul Gambino

Consultant, Auditor and Trainer

Paul Gambino is a simpleQuE consultant and auditor with more than 20 years’ experience implementing, maintaining and improving quality management systems and business processes. He is currently an ISO 9001 and IATF 16949® lead auditor for several certification bodies.

Work Experience

Paul spent 26 years at Navistar and 7 years as a CB auditor, building a career focused on quality management. He also has 30 years of service in the US Army and Army Reserves, rising in rank from Lieutenant to Colonel, while demonstrating his executive level leadership skills, and ability to develop successful strategies to best support organizational missions.

 ISO/Quality Management Systems

Paul has more than 20 years of QMS experience – with expertise in the areas of management review, metrics development, quality systems audit program management, auditing, corrective and preventive action management, and document control and records management.  He also has experience with information systems design and development, testing, project management, and maintenance.

As Director of Quality Management for AC First, LLC, Paul was responsible for the ISO 9001 certified QMS.

At Navistar he advanced, and became responsible for quality systems throughout the company and laid the foundation for a common global corporate quality system.


During his years of project development, and quality systems management at Navistar, Inc., he also performed reliability and warranty analysis and was responsible for the implementation, maintenance and improvement of the ISO/TS 16949 QMS certification in the Engine Group (including staff, Engineering Technical Center, 3 engine plants, 2 foundries; approximately 4,000 employees and $5B in revenue).  All sites achieved initial certification and upgrades on the first attempt.

At Navistar Defense, Paul conducted a comprehensive QMS assessment and ISO/TS 16949 gap analysis, developed action plans and initiated several improvement projects. He also helped to develop and conduct manufacturing process control audits at several plants as part of a corporate initiative; and assisted with the development and implementation of the Integrated Product Development process maturity initiative. More recently, he was a certification body ISO 9001 and IATF16949® Lead Auditor and Client Manager, receiving the BSI Group US Top Client Manager award in 2016.

Certificates and Training

  • ISO/TS IATF 16949® International Qualified Automotive Auditor
  • ISO 9001 Lead Auditor
  • Exemplar Global – Quality Management System Lead Auditor
  • American Society for Quality – Senior Member, Quality Auditor, Quality Engineer, Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, Supplier Quality, and Six Sigma Black Belt


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – University of Connecticut

Master of Business Administration – University of Colorado

Quality Management Certificate – California State University

SimpleQuE spotlight on Paul Gambino - internal auditor and consultant