René Ffrench

René is a seasoned professional with substantial experience working with clients to develop effective operational improvement strategies that drive down costs and build core capabilities.

Comfortable in numerous industries, he has recently led process improvement initiatives in electronics, mechanical fabrication manufacturing, engineering R&D, healthcare, and government/defense contractor supply chain management. As a Master Black Belt, operations Lean Master, and Kaizen Leader, he has trained and coached over 1,500 Black Belts, 650 Green Belts, and 150 Master Black Belts.

Previously, René was an Operations Director with George Group Europe, product and quality manager with Baker Hughes, a Master Black Belt with BAE Systems, and a corporate director of Lean Six Sigma for Avery Dennison Materials Europe.

His leadership style was developed in the US Army where he served 5 times as a company commander in helicopter, combat engineer, and special operations units. He is fluent in French, Spanish, and German.

Publications and Insights

  • “Lean In to Supply Chain Improvement,” Author, Supply Chain World Magazine, 2016
  • “Enabling the Critical Catalyst for Successful Lean Six Sigma Deployment: The Project Champion,” Speaker, Lean Six Sigma World Conference, 2011
  • “Metrology - Best Practices,” White paper presentation, ASQ Western Regional Conference, 1985

Education

  • Boston University
    MSBA
  • Texas A&M
    BS Industrial Engineering
  • Licensed Professional Engineer
    Texas
  • Certified Quality Engineer
    American Society for Quality
  • Certified Enterprise Integrator
    Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Certified Master Black Belt

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Operations

Operations Consulting

We have consulting experience with engagements as diverse as mergers and acquisitions, operations strategy, supply chain acceleration, shop-floor process improvements, and call center efficiency improvement.

Assessments

Assessments

Assessments are customized to meet your goals, leveraging our frameworks and knowledge of best practices from years of industry experience. Recent work has been in financial services, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, and supply chain.

ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference 2019

ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference 2019

March 4 - 5, 2019
Phoenix, AZ

Lisa Custer, PhD presents "Data Visualizations: In the Realm of Big Data"