Stream F 2018

Engaging people in lean to create momentum (SME)


2:45pm Case 21 Dr. Alexander Rüstig, Schaeffler AG:

Dr. Alexander Ruestig is Head of Corporate Industrial Engineering Strategy & Projects at Schaeffler AG, Herzogenaurach/Germany. After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering, he received a Ph.D. from the Technical University Darmstadt for his dissertation dealing with Product Launch Management of complex products in international production networks.

He worked in different leading positions within the automotive and chemical industries and was subsequently responsible for the global Lean activities of the Schaeffler Group as Vice President Lean Management until he changed to his current position.

There he is in charge for Launch Management of complex products and many other projects and topics within the wide field of operations and strategy manufacturing. Besides he is an assistant professor at the Technical University of Berlin for a lecture about Lean Management.

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3:15pm Caes 22 Gary Hartnett, Site Director, DePuy Synthes, Cork.

In this role, Gary is responsible for Leading and Managing the Shingo Prize Winning DePuy Synthes, Cork, Site in all areas including but not limited to Quality, Safety, Environmental, Cost, Inventory, Employee Development and Engagement, as well as continuing to accelerate the Transformation of Operations to a fully integrated LEAN Supply Chain.

Previously Gary has held numerous technical and operational Leadership & continuous improvement  roles in GE Healthacre , Bausch & Lomb and Schering Plough.

Gary holds a degree in Industrial Bio Chemistry from University College Limerick and a Masters in Bio Engineering from the University of Coleraine.

In addition Gary holds a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

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3.45: Case 23 – Diageo – Manufacturing Excellence Manager - Stephen Delaney

A leader with a proven track record and over 8 years of experience across a range of functions within an operations / manufacturing environment. Has led teams in manufacturing sites in Ireland and internationally.

A reputation for consistently delivering great performance. Strong functional experience in Manufacturing Operations, Engineering, Lean Tools, Project & Program Management.

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4.15: Case 24 – CEO of Commercial Mushroom Producers Ltd. - Donal McCarthy

Donal has previously held senior roles in Dairygold Co-Op, Breeo Foods, Bulmers, Green Isle, Waterford Foods (now Glanbia).  Donal has worked in Ireland, UK, Holland and USA through the course of his career.  Since he joined CMP the company has set about restructuring/reorganising the mushroom business for the future and ensuring that all portions of the supply chain are lean and nimble whist at the same time pursuing a strategy of differentiation.

In Commercial Mushroom Producers the focus is on product and market development in conjunction with the other industry stakeholders.  Commercial Mushroom Producers is 90% dependent on the UK market and has had to deal with the challenges of Brexit and adverse Sterling/Euro exchange rates for the last year and a half.

Since the Brexit Referendum CMP members (i.e. growers) have experienced currency fluctuations of >20%.  A pivotal role in the survival of the Irish Mushroom Industry is the application of a lean culture across the supply chain.

Donal is particularly complementary to Enterprise Ireland, Department of Agriculture, Bord Bia and Teagasc for their help, guidance and support to all the industry stakeholders.

Donal is optimistic that the mushroom industry and the wider horticulture industry will survive and thrive into the future.