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Dr. Omar Hatamleh is the Executive Director of the Space Studies Program. Prior to assuming his new assignment, Omar was the Chief Innovation Officer, Engineering at NASA Johnson Space Center responsible for empowering the organization creative thinking and develop capacity to innovate.
Prior to that he was the Associate Chief Scientist at NASA ARC responsible for identifying new and promising areas of scientific research and supporting technologies that can be integrated into the Center's capabilities. Previous roles at NASA also included Technology Relationship Manager, Advanced Development Manager, and Space Shuttle Orbiter Structures Subsystem Manager.
Omar has Nineteen years of aerospace industry experience and has published over 33 international journal articles; he has four engineering degrees, speaks four languages and has been an invited keynote speaker to multiple national and international events. Omar has also been the recipient of several prestigious awards and recognitions from NASA.
Graves began his career with Toyota in 1987 and progressed through a series of positions in production at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) responsible for assuring overall quality within all production shops.
In 1997, he was assigned to TMMK’s operations development group where he trained Toyota Production System (TPS) know-how to team members from all levels of the organization and coordinated internal TPS activities. During his 15 years at TMMK, Graves supported multiple production launches and all-new model introductions.
From 2003-14, he served as manager for TEMA’s operations management development division, working closely with Toyota’s North American plants and suppliers to help streamline processes and strengthen TPS activities. In this role, he supported internal & external continuous improvement projects and training workshops.
Prior to joining Toyota, Graves worked at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Louisville, Kentucky where he was an auditor for the white collar crime unit.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Operational Management from Western Kentucky University (1981) in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Originally from Columbia, Kentucky, Graves still owns and maintains a family farm.
Priya leads global operations for Trust and Safety across Google. In her role, Priya works with all product teams across Google to fight spam, abuse and fraud and deliver a safe user experience. In her time at Google, Priya has streamlined global operations across multiple teams and partnered with product, operations, finance and legal teams to drive transformations. She leads the Googlewide deployment of “gLean” a program to coach Googlers about adopting lean within Google’s highly dynamic and fast paced environment. Prior to Google, Priya spent 10 years in management consulting at Bain where she advised healthcare, technology and consumer goods companies on global growth strategies and operations improvement. Before her career in consulting, Priya worked for GlaxoSmithKline and focused on global manufacturing and with Unilever on marketing and supply chain. In addition, Priya was a public accountant with Ernst & Young. Priya holds an MBA from Wharton and is also a Chartered Accountant.
Priya has lived and worked in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and US. When she is not at work, Priya loves spending time with her family, introducing her kids to the joys of camping, trying out new vegan recipes and searching for the elusive perfect cappuccino in the US (It is a little known fact that Australia has some of the best coffee in the world and the quest to find it in the US continues...)
Priya leads global operations for Trust and Safety across Google. In her role, Priya works with all product teams across Google to fight spam, abuse and fraud and deliver a safe user experience. In her time at Google, Priya has streamlined global operations across multiple teams and partnered with product, operations, finance and legal teams to drive transformations. She leads the Googlewide deployment of “gLean” a program to coach Googlers about adopting lean within Google’s highly dynamic and fast paced environment.
Prior to Google, Priya spent 10 years in management consulting at Bain where she advised healthcare, technology and consumer goods companies on global growth strategies and operations improvement. Before her career in consulting, Priya worked for GlaxoSmithKline and focused on global manufacturing and with Unilever on marketing and supply chain. In addition, Priya was a public accountant with Ernst & Young. Priya holds an MBA from Wharton and is also a Chartered Accountant.
Julio Urrutia has been in the technology industry for more than 15 years, now as Head of Operational Excellence and CISO at Ricoh Latin America. Julio holds a Degree in Strategic Marketing Management, a Master's Degree in IT Service Management, a Master's Degree in Business Analysis plus multiple Industry Certifications.
In his current position, Julio is in charge of many critical corporate initiatives. Working in a Global environment and with an extend knowledge of Latin American cultures, markets & economies. Lead and manage major expertise area programs and company-wide critical projects; responsible for the creation of methodologies and standards, measurement criteria and leading-edge initiatives to improve productivity, efficiency and organizational excellence. He is an active-global public speaker and takes part in consultations.
Julio credits his success to great passion for what he does and constant learning. Manage the full range of design and development efforts from concept to implementation; communicate at all levels and hold negotiations with large-scale vendors; maintaining expertise on industry, products and technology trends through research and training. Manage and optimize working relationships; with great expertise in creating, developing and leading high-performance teams, facilitate innovation, and promote openness to and participation in change. Also accountable for creating and controlling organizational budget to accomplish desired results.
Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and is able to communicate in French, Julio is in progress to obtain a Certificate of Professional Development in Strategy at Wharton - University of Pennsylvania.
Sisir joined Verizon in 2011 and is the Vice President of Process Excellence and Innovation. Prior to joining Verizon, Sisir was part of the General Electric Company, where he held several leadership roles at GE Appliances, GE Transportation Systems, Pratt & Whitney, GE Corporate, and GE Aviation, in design, process excellence, e-Business, and strategic marketing. Sisir led the global P&Ls for GE Aircraft Engine and GE Smart Grid Automation businesses.
He has published more than twenty papers in conferences, professional journals and books. In addition, Sisir has chaired many technical conferences and attended executive education at Wharton, Stanford and Harvard Business School. He received his masters in mechanical engineering with specialization in Artificial Intelligence and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.
Bill Owad, senior vice president of Operational Excellence specializes in the strategies and tools that support the pursuit of a lean enterprise. Working with a team of nearly 150 Operational Excellence staff members and coaches aross Cardinal Health, Owad is responsible for developing and implementing an enterprise approach to Operational Excellence at Cardinal Health, ultimately improving the value delivered to the company’s customers.
In addition to his role as senior vice president, Owad also supports the extension of Operational Excellence external to Cardinal Health as the executive sponsor for the company’s relationships with the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) Partner Program, the Healthcare Value Network, The Ohio State University Fisher College Center for Operational Excellence and the Conference Board Quality Council. During his tenure, Owad has held several positions within Operational Excellence and has served as the primary architect of the company’s enterprise-wide deployment of Operational Excellence, which, over eight years, yielded significant improvements in customer loyalty, employee engagement, operational performance and working capital utilization.
Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Owad held several operations and administrative roles that have used the tools of Lean Six Sigma to transform health care provider organizations, supply chain and medical supply companies. These roles include corporate director of quality for ProMedica Health System, executive director for Cordelia Martin Health Center and several adjunct faculty positions with the College of Pharmacy at the University of Toledo and other nationally recognized programs.
Owad is also active in the community, serving in the past as board chair for the Central Ohio American Red Cross BioMedical Services, board chair for Cordelia Martin Health Center, senior examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program, and examiner / team leader for the Ohio Award for Excellence. Currently, Owad serves as a board member for the Partnership for Excellence, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, and the ASHP Research and Education Foundation.
Owad received his bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and his Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Toledo. His post-graduate work includes the achievement of Fellow status with the American College of Healthcare Executives, multiple Lean Six Sigma certifications and continued development as a Lean leader through his work with Cardinal Health and LEI. Owad has also authored several publications and presentations on quality systems and customer loyalty.
Gary has worked for The O.C. Tanner Company for 29 years. His current assignment is Executive Vice President, Supply Chain & Production.
Prior to working in his current roll Gary has held an impressively diverse set of jobs with the O.C. Tanner Company, including Manager of Market Research, Manufacturing Change Facilitator (where he was instrumental in moving the operation from “batch” to lean, resulting in their receiving the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing), Vice President of Manufacturing, Marketing Vice President of Award Development, and Vice President of Research and Professional Services.
Gary serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the Shingo Institute, and is a Shingo Examiner. In 2015 he was inducted into the AME (Association for Manufacturing Excellence) Hall of Fame. His experience with Lean Enterprise sends him around the globe helping others improve their operations.
Gary holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics from Brigham Young University. He recharges his batteries by snowboarding, playing basketball, hiking, watching his 16-year old daughter play soccer, and being with his six (soon to be seven) grandchildren.
Zac is the Senior Director of Business Excellence and Customer Insights for eBay Marketplaces. In this capacity, he is responsible for the operating effectiveness of the Global Customer Experience organization which includes customer service, policy and risk management, billing and payments, and operations support service functions. His team’s mission is to create consistently excellent and efficient experiences that result in loyal customers.
Zac has 20 years of global leadership experience spanning military/government, operations/manufacturing, and technology industries. He joined eBay in 2010 from the world’s largest drilling services company where he led global operations responsible for 5500 employees and the profitability, productivity, safety, and asset management of a $1.2B business. Prior to that, Zac served in a variety of leadership roles in operations; finance; strategy; and mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.
Zac earned a B.A. from New Mexico State University and an M.A. from the University of Phoenix. He holds certifications in Project Management, Strategic Change Management, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Lean. He is also the General Manager for eBay in Austin, Texas where he lives with his wife and three sons.
Anu George is Chief Quality Officer for Morningstar. She is responsible for providing strategic direction to Morningstar’s operational excellence & continuous improvement initiatives. She works at the intersection of operational excellence, human behavior & technology. Anu is an avid reader, and has an eclectic choice of the books she reads. She enjoys learning and experimenting with new thoughts in the world of change management, organizational behavior, operational excellence, LEAN & Agile.
Anu has more than 20 years of experience in operations management and Lean Six Sigma. Before joining Morningstar in 2010, she had worked for Unilever and GE. She is a frequent speaker on topics including business process excellence and leadership.
Anu holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting and a master’s degree in business administration, with a specialization in marketing, from the University of Mumbai.
Jeff Hastie is the Global Director – Lean Enterprise at Bose Corporation. His responsibilities include leading Lean and Six Sigma programs in Manufacturing and Global Supply Chain, Sales and Marketing, Product Development, Research and Corporate Administration including IS, HR, Finance and Legal.
Jeff started his career at Bose in 2001 as a senior Quality Engineer and Six Sigma Black Belt. He worked with Finance to quantify the cost of poor quality and over the next 4 years he led improvement Teams across Manufacturing to bring more value to the company. In 2005, he initiated and led the formal deployment of Lean Six Sigma at Bose Corporation. In 2007, Jeff developed and implemented a strategy to pilot and then expand the Bose Production System (the Toyota Production System) across Bose Manufacturing Plants and Distribution Centers. Today Lean Enterprise is a strategic imperative enabling the success of Bose Corporation business improvement strategies worldwide.
Prior to Bose, Jeff was employed at Wyman-Gordon Company, producers of technically advanced structural and engine components for the Aerospace Industry. During his 18 years at Wyman-Gordon, he held a variety of leadership roles in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement.
Jeff has over 35 years of manufacturing and Continuous Improvement experience in the Wood Products, Metal Working, Aerospace Forging and Consumer Electronics Industries. He has spent the last 19 years dedicated to leading Lean & Six Sigma programs to accelerate business value.
Jeff hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wood Products Engineering from the State University of New York and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Syracuse University. He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
Since 2010 Dave Margil has served as the Lean deployment leader for Bose Corporate Information Systems (CIS). He is responsible for developing the Lean Enterprise Vision and deployment roadmap in CIS and for driving Lean Six Sigma practices throughout the IT function. He leads value stream improvement activities, contributes to the internal Lean Six Sigma curriculum development, and delivers training and coaching to employees throughout Bose Corporation.
Prior to this role, Dave spent several years as a Business Engagement Manager and as a Project Manager in the Bose Online Commerce Group. Before joining Bose he co-founded and spent several years as the VP of Product Development for a Cambridge, MA-based computer game company.
Dave is a Bose certified Master Black Belt and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts.
Peter Evans was born in 1955. He joined LEGO in February 2016.
The early part of his career was in Finance in various industries, including Defence, Financial Services and Telecommunications. Peter worked for General Electric throughout the 90’s including spells in Manchester, Brussels, Shannon (Eire) and Connecticut.
From 2000 to 2013 he worked in Telecoms in the UK, first with Vodafone, then Cable & Wireless, before finally leading operational Excellence for Virgin Media.
From 2013 to 2015 Peter led Process Excellence in Northern Europe for Maersk Line, based in Copenhagen
Since February 2016 Peter has been Director of LCI (LEGO Continuous Improvement) at LEGO with specific responsibility for Corporate Business Services and is actively involved in establishing a Global Business Services Organisation for Finance and HR services.
Peter Lives in Newbury UK with his wife Amanda and Golden Doodle Harvey.
Ted is Director of Operational Excellence for Global Shared Services at The Coca-Cola Company. He is responsible for deploying Operational Excellence across the Finance, Human Resources, Data Management, Accounts Payable, Workplace Services, Creative Business Solutions and User Experience lines of business, involving greater than 1300 employees in 7 main hub locations globally. The Operational Excellence program utilizes Lean, Six Sigma, Program Management, Business Process Management and Human Centered Design concepts and internally created methods to drive value for the business.
Ted has been with The Coca-Cola Company leading implementations of OE in Shared Services, Information Technology, Human Resources, Supply Chain and Franchise Bottling partners for 10 years. Prior to The Coca-Cola Company, Ted worked in the Automotive Industry with Ford Motor Company and Tier I suppliers in product development. In total Ted has been working as a continuous improvement professional for over 20 years.
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