The Center for Operational Excellence is closing out its year of programming with behind-the-hood looks at two of the biggest brands on the planet – and a fitting conclusion to the day.
Joining COE for its Friday, Dec. 5, seminar is Kevin Nolan, VP of technology for GE Appliances. An ever-consolidating appliance market has turned up competitive pressure for GE and its competitors, who face the critical challenge of aligning products with market demand.
GE Appliances, the century-old subsidiary of conglomerate giant General Electric Co., has ramped up a lean product development process in recent years aimed at increasing organizational effectiveness and operational efficiency in response to this climate. Nolan, GE Appliances’ VP of Technology, will share how the $8 billion-a-year company is reinventing the way it brings products to the market and working to align its thousands of employees around a renewed mission to debut more consumer-centric offerings.
Joining COE in the afternoon is Becky Bach, global director of continuous improvement for brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev, which emerged through a merger with American icon A-B in 2008. The company over the past decade his faced the challenge of developing a sustainable operational excellence capability. Bach in this session will share the company’s journey to get its process excellence teams speaking the same language, delivering proven results and churning through an increasingly large pipeline of projects.
A-B InBev’s story reinforces the fact that the tools of continuous improvement aren’t one-size-fits-all proposition – ultimately, what’s important is charting a path that works for your organization.
Following Bach’s presentation, COE members are invited to a tasting session and networking hour featuring A-B InBev’s stable of beers.
- Date: Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
- Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (10:30 a.m.: GE Appliances; Noon: Networking lunch; 1 p.m.: A-B InBev; 2:30 p.m. to 4: Tasting / networking hour)
- Location: Longaberger House (tasting to take place in adjacent Fawcett Center)