|| Mr. Don Linsenmann|
Vice President, Business Process Excellence
Corporate Six Sigma Champion
||DuPont’s Journey to Six Sigma: The Global Supply Chain and Beyond|
||The Cabot Intercultural Center, Room 702|
Curious what a Rubik’s cube and DuPont have in common? Want to know what it takes to be a Six Sigma Champion?—Don Linsenmann can tell you how as DuPont’s first and only. In this role, he oversees productivity and top-line growth strategies to create sustainable solutions vital to a variety of business platforms. DuPont’s innovative business improvement process has resulted in $ 2 billion in growth and $5 billion in savings to the company, touching over 90% of the firm’s 25,000 employees. In his discussion at Fletcher Don reviewed how Six Sigma impacts the global supply chain infrastructure, bringing manufacturing to life from strategic, management, leadership, and technological perspectives; exploring DuPont’s strategy of sustainable growth from a cyclical chemical company to a dynamic life sciences company using Six Sigma and its multi-disciplinary approach.
As vice president – business process excellence and corporate Six Sigma champion, Don has global responsibility for the deployment of Six Sigma into all of the DuPont businesses. DuPont started their Six Sigma journey, corporately, in 1999 and Don is the first and only Champion for the Corporation. He led the development of Six Sigma from a cost reduction program, through a productivity effort, evolving to a top line growth strategy, to finally a business improvement process. DuPont has validated over $5 billion in Six Sigma benefits from this initiative. Prior to his current appointment in 1999, Don had several business responsibilities at DuPont. He led the Industrial Nylon business during a time of transformation to a truly global enterprise. He was then appointed the Managing Director of European Lycra®, and ran that business while living in Geneva, Switzerland. Subsequently, he was CEO of two wholly owned subsidiary companies of DuPont. Don came to DuPont in 1984 with the acquisition of Exxon Enterprise Materials Division, where he was the leader of a high tech materials business. In 2006, Don co-authored a book entitled : The Six Sigma Fieldbook, How DuPont Successfully Implemented the Six Sigma Breakthrough Management Strategy. He has been an industry spokesperson regarding Six Sigma having keynoted several international conferences.
Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in approximately 80 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for marketing including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.