Corporate Vice President
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Head of Productivity, PBC, Product Mgmt., Process Systems Eng. & Ops Excellence
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Dr. Sandy Furterer
Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Management, Systems & Technology
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Former Global Vice President of Enterprise Business Improvement & Productivity
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Head of Portfolio Business Process & Systems, Portfolio Strategy & Management
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Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Enterprise Process Excellence (PEx)
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A dynamic leader with proven expertise in developing and leveraging predictive analytics to build and execute transformative strategies for optimizing profitability and growth. Broad and diverse experiences in driving success in B2B, B2C, and online digital channels across multiple industries. Experience creating and leading best in class organizations in areas of pricing strategy, profitability management and big data and predictive analytics at McDonalds, GE, Cardinal Health, Officemax, Essendant, G4S and AutoZone. Led the development and successful implementation of the world’s first store-specific assortment and pricing optimization solution leveraging SAS and R. Drives change and innovation through effective cross-functional collaboration, communication, customer relations, and talent management. Demonstrated expertise leading high performance organizations to deliver P&L results across multiple industries.
Solomon Dadebo is currently Head of Productivity, Product Management, Pipeline Business Center and Process Systems Engineering, Global HyCO, Praxair, Inc., The Woodlands, Texas. He has held positions of increasing responsibility that covers Process systems engineering, product management and Energy Management since he joined Praxair in 2000. He has a passion for operational excellence pertaining to facility-wide optimization and effective performance monitoring.
Prior to joining Praxair, Solomon worked with Imperial Oil Ltd as a Lead Process Control Applications Engineer in Sarnia, ON, Canada. He holds a Doctoral Degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University at Kingston, ON, Canada and a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto, ON, Canada. He holds 4 patents.
Sandy Furterer is an Associate Professor at the University of Dayton, in the Department of Engineering Management, Systems and Technology. She recently came from industry as a VP of Process Transformation for Park National Bank in Columbus, Ohio. She is also a part time faculty member in the Masters of Science in Quality Assurance program at Kennesaw State University.
Dr. Furterer received her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering with a specialization in Quality Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 2004. She received an MBA from Xavier University, and a Bachelor and Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Furterer has over 25 years of experience in business process and quality improvements. She is an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, a Certified Quality Engineer, an ASQ fellow, and a certified Master Black Belt.
Dr. Furterer is an author or co-author of 4 reference textbooks on Lean Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma and Lean Systems, including her latest book: Lean Six Sigma Case Studies in the Healthcare Enterprise by Springer publishing in 2014.
Linking your Business' Core Processes and Process Architecture with Strategy
Prior to her current position, Sandy built the process infrastructure that incorporated a process architecture map as the VP of Process Transformation at Park National Bank. In this talk she will address how to:
- Tie process improvement project prioritization with the core processes and strategic plan
- Improve processes by documenting and creating process and procedure change control for execution
- Expand lean six sigma projects with process infrastructure
- Govern a process council made up of leaders to build a process improvement network
José Pires serves as the Global Excellence & Innovation (E&I) Leader for Andeavor Corporation, where he oversees the global identification, prioritization and execution of mission critical business improvements and innovations that add value to the company, business partners and external clients in multiple markets.
Prior to his current role, Pires held Excellence and Innovation leadership positions in large, global companies in the electronics (Sony), semiconductor (Cymer-ASML), food (Nestlé) and infrastructure (Black & Veatch) industries. Throughout his career, Pires developed and refined E&I as an award winning program for innovation, leadership development, strategy execution and value creation globally.
Pires is an advisory board leader and keynote speaker for several global conferences on innovation, operational excellence, leadership development, strategy execution, business transformation, customer engagement and growth acceleration.
He holds a Bachelor in Engineering Physics from the University of Kansas and a Master in Business Administration focused in Investment Banking and Entrepreneurship from the University of San Diego.
Ms. Tauber has over 20 years of experience leading business and technology transformation initiatives, both as a consultant and within industry. She has led business process and technology transformation teams in multiple biopharma organizations and is currently responsible for the AstraZeneca drug portfolio management system and related processes, including cross-functional data integration/integrity and portfolio analysis. She has also initiated and expanded Operational Excellence organizations and has experience applying multiple business transformation methodologies to complex organizations. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Philosophy from Smith College as well as a Master of Science degree in Astronomy from James Cook University.
Steve Remsen is passionate about driving continuous improvement, advocating first principles thinking, and understanding how to harness and translate data-driven solutions into substantial and customer-oriented business results. As a senior internal technical consultant, he has successfully driven numerous continuous improvement projects across diverse functional areas of the Intel enterprise, ranging from designing functional materials on the nanometer scale to deploying strategic business process architecture on the global scale. An inspiring jack of all trades, Steve is currently a part-time MBA student at the University of Portland and holds a PhD in Experimental Solid State Physics from Northern Illinois University. He is also an Intel Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt candidate as well as a Prosci certified Change Management Practitioner.