I like considering myself a Millennial with almost 20 years of experience. Italian, “friulano”, engineer. I spend a huge portion of my career in operations, starting from operator in assembly to factory director in Electrolux Porcia. In Electrolux Porcia factory we introduced in 2015 an innovative platform of resource management. This experience was fundamental to make the good knowledge owned by few excellent managers available to the whole organisation. In the last 2 years I’ve been leading digital transformation in Operations Europe for Electrolux. Together with my digital team we are connecting the 15 factories in Europe towards new digital experiences. We are either piloting and adopting new technologies and enabling people in becoming more familiar with them.
Dr Patrick McLaughlin
Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Management
Dr Patrick McLaughlin is a Chartered Engineer and Eur Ing. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, as well as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Production Management and a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), both from Cranfield. In a career that spans manufacturing engineer, manager and director, he has worked in both multinational and SME businesses. His experiences with a range of manufacturing processes and working for a number of different companies allied to experience in several industries has provided him with a strong background in managing manufacturing operations, including managing growth, downturn, restructuring and relocation of manufacturing facilities.
He has worked at director level in manufacturing operations for over twenty years, and has been responsible for several plant-wide operations excellence implementations. He has experience of implementing and managing change programmes to improve manufacturing performance in automotive, capital goods, industrial equipment and consumer durables. This experience includes responsibility for integrating the design and development of new products into a lean operations environment and developing a continuous improvement culture to facilitate performance gains in lean implementations. He is currently working as Course Director of the Operations Excellence MSc at Cranfield University in the UK. His areas of interest are in Developing Manufacturing Strategy for Competitive Advantage, Creating an Innovation Capability in Operations Businesses, and Strategic Development of Smart Manufacturing/Industry 4 to provide Competitive Advantage.
Vice President Manufacturing
Samsonite Europe NV
My name is Luc Roesems and latest employed as Vice President Manufacturing at Samsonite. Throughout my career I have held several positions working for multinational companies; From Demand and Supply Manager, to Head of Supply Chain and S&OP, Director Global Operations & PMO, Divisional Plant Operations Director, Vice President Manufacturing. Holding following certifications: APICS CPIM, CSCP and SCOR-P, Lean and Six Sigma Black Belt. Associated with Advance Operations Management School as a free-lance teacher APICS. Have founded my own consultancy company PerfectOps in 2017 (ww.perfectops.be)
Dr Rajesh Shankar Priya
Lecturer in Business and Management
Rajesh is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor ) at the Teesside University’s Business School in the UK. Over the past 18 years, Rajesh has worked in different areas of science, business and technology across Europe, Asia and America. His primary research focuses on Business Intelligence for Industrial Automation (Industry 4.0). Before joining this role, Rajesh was the Head of Department for Technology Management and a Senior Scientist for Business Intelligence at one of the world’s renowned research institute in Germany (Fraunhofer Society). Rajesh has a BSc in Information Systems, MSc in Mechatronics and he pursued his Doctoral degree in Value Chain Engineering on a full industrial scholarship at one of the UK’s leading group ‘ Warwick Manufacturing Group’ at the University of Warwick. Rajesh has got several awards that includes 3 consecutive years of scientific excellence from Fraunhofer and the highly commendable award for the best international student of the year 2002 in Germany by the German Academic Council. Rajesh speaks 5 languages fluently including Russian and German. Rajesh has visited 55 countries for work, study and leisure.
Head of Business Development Technology
Christian studied Materials Handling at the University of Applied Science at Erfurt, graduating with a degree in engineering (2002) and later completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program at the University of Wales, UK (2012). Currently he is enrolled in a Master of Science degree program in Information Technology at the Indiana University Bloomington, USA.
From 2003 till 2018 Christian held several leadership roles in Operations, Lean and Supply Chain Management for Grammer, ITW, TRW, Faurecia and Federal Mogul in Europe, Asia and the US. During this time, he was responsible for the setup of two manufacturing plants in Asia as well as more than 15 restructuring projects across the globe. Beside his operational responsibilities Christian was also jointly responsible with the conceptual design and roll out of the Production System for Federal Mogul as well as for TRW.
His most challenging project was the setup of a new Just in Time plant in South Korea (2009). “At this time, I was fairly young (29) and put in charge in a culture where it is all about seniority and hierarchical levels. I have done many mistakes, have learned a lot and was successful in the end because of a great team and an inspirational leader”.
Christian has a deep technical understanding and a high level of expertise in Production and Supply Chain with modern methods and standards. This expertise he is passing over in form of his lecturing assignments in International Production, Digital Strategies and Lean Management at two technical universities in Germany.
Currently, Christian is working for STAEDTLER, a traditional German FMCG manufacturer, where he is responsible for the lean transformation along with the digital agenda for the manufacturing network.