image of Amayas BenkarounAmayas Benkaroun

Head of Global Manufacturing performance/Operational Excellence – IPSEN

Amayas Benkaroun as Head of Operational Excellence for Ipsen specialty care manufacturing sites is responsible for leading the culture of excellence through the Shingo model and get profit from that for Customers; Associates and Stakeholders
Ms. Benkaroun was formally the operational excellence leader of Ipsen Pharma biotech site (Signes, France) and getting to Shingo prize in feb 2020.

He brings more than 15 years of Lean 6 sigma and management experience in automotive, process and pharmaceutical sectors located in many countries, He gives also from his free time statistics courses for university students in medicine.
Ms. Benkaroun has a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Arts et Métiers ParisTech and a Master black belt Lean 6 sigma certification. Ipsen is a global specialty-driven biopharmaceutical company focusing on oncology, rare diseases and neurosciences.

Sean KellySean Kelly

Abbott Diagnostics Division

Seán has a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and is a lean six sigma black belt and Shingo Prize Examiner with 24 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry (Abbott, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Elan Pharmaceuticals and GlaxoSmithKline). His technical and operational leadership experience spans medical device and drug substance manufacturing, drug product development and drug discovery research & development.

Prior to moving to a divisional role, Seán, was the Business Excellence Manager at Abbott Diagnostic Longford, a 2016 Shingo Prize recipient. Seán led the site’s operational excellence transformation and focused on creating a culture where principles of operational excellence are deeply embedded into the thinking and behaviour of all leaders, managers and employees. Under Seán’s leadership, Abbott Diagnostic Longford also received the National Business Excellence Award from Irish Centre for Business Excellence (ICBE) in 2015, the 2015 Irish Medical Technology Company of the Year and the 2017 International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Facility of the Year Award for Operational Excellence.

Seán has been recognised by the Shingo Institute as a Shingo Examiner and Alumni.  In his current role Sean has developed the Abbott Diagnostic Division’s Pinnacle Operational Excellence assessment model.  This is a world-class operational excellence framework that blends Shingo, Class A and doing it right principles and is anchored by Abbott’s core competencies.

Robert MIller

President Arches Leadership

Robert Miller is the Founder, President, and Principal Advisor at Arches Leadership, a Licensed Affiliate of the Shingo Institute.  Robert is a master teacher to organizations worldwide on building cultures of sustainable excellence based on principles.  Before his retirement from Utah State University, Bob was the Executive Director of the Shingo Institute where he was led the development of the Shingo Model. His vision transformed the Shingo Prize into the internationally recognized research, executive education and recognition-oriented Shingo Institute.   His influence has brought new insight into the role of leaders in building organizational culture.

Mr. Miller gained experience as both a practitioner and senior executive in some of America’s most highly regarded companies; including Deere and Company, Herman Miller, Inc. and the Gates Rubber Company.  Prior to his association with The Shingo Institute, he was partner in a global business-consulting firm where he advised leadership teams in Australia, Indonesia, Europe, Asia and Latin America on issues of continuous improvement and cultural transformation.  His recently published book titled, “Hearing the Voice of the Shingo Principles” has been recognized by the Shingo Institute for Excellence.

Seani Devlin

Operational Excellence Lead

Seani has worked at AbbVie since 2014, starting out in Operations he moved to Operational Excellence in 2018 in the sites successful drive for the Shingo Prize. Having previously worked in Lean organisations such as Medtronic in Athlone and Masonite, Carrick on Shannon he has spent 22 years on the Lean journey. Holding degrees in both Manufacturing management and Occupational Health and Safety his head and heart have never strayed far from Operational Excellence and the endless pursuit of perfection.

IMAGE OF Siobhan GearySiobhan Geary

Operational Excellence Manager

Dynamic and passionate Operational Excellence Manager with over 20 years’ experience in coaching, developing and executing transformative operational excellence strategies across various sectors from Aviation, Technology to Medical Devices.  Educated to Masters level in both Lean Operations and Advanced Manufacturing Technology and 6 sigma black belt accredited

image of Alina SturaŠtura, Alina

Practical Process Improvement Site Leader, Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics, Lithuania, Vilnius

Alina has more than 10 years experience in improving processes in different manufacturing, R&D and support functions areas, leading Strategy Deployment & Lean Management, Lean Employees and Managers Development, Organizational Structure changes, SMART FACTORY initiatives related with process digitalisation and robotization.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics was awarded with Shingo Prize in 2017. Alina is sharing the best practices among other Lean practitioners: she was a speaker in European Shingo Conference in 2019, Baltics Lean Forum in 2020.

Her backround is Master of Organic Chemistry at Vilnius University, currently also graduating MBA studies in International Business School (ISM).

Shaun Barker

Assistant Executive Director Shingo Institute

Mr. Shaun Barker has been the director of operations and assessment for The Shingo Prize since 2001. In this position, he focuses on overall Shingo Prize organizational operations and development. He oversees the examiner and assessment process and has personally participated in dozens of comprehensive site assessment visits to business and government organizations worldwide that have challenged for The Shingo Prize.

Shaun is a speaker and an instructor for The Shingo Prize and trains companies on the Shingo model and guiding principles, teaching how to apply principle-based leadership to their own operations, and how they can use the assessment tools to foster continuous improvement within their organizations in pursuit of operational excellence.

He has helped with the creation of a lean certification program sponsored by AME, SME, and The Shingo Prize. As an instructor for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, Shaun has taught courses in organizational change management, marketing, and introduction to business.

Shaun earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in economics from Utah State University in 1984 and an MBA with an emphasis in entrepreneurship in 1999.

Mr. Barker’s professional background in retail management included 14 years of work with Sav-On Drugs, Wal-Mart, and Dollar General. He had P&L responsibility for multi-million dollar operations. His work took him to California, Oregon, Washington, and Georgia.

Shaun spent his childhood in the Philippines where he lived for thirteen years. He speaks the national language of the Philippines, Tagalog, fluently. At the age of 15, he began his working career. His first job was as a wrangler at a ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and he also worked other cattle ranches. He would fly back to the States from the Philippines to work the summer returning home in August each year. In 1978, the same year he returned to the States permanently, he worked on a commercial fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico. Shaun has a wide variety of experiences, including work at Del-Monte Corp., E.A. Miller Beef, and Trans-Western Airlines.

Much of his spare time is spent following his children’s sports games and other interests. He enjoys most outdoor activities including skiing, snowboarding, camping, tennis, and golf – regardless of the score, as well as anything else his kids can come up with.

Ken SnyderKen Snyder

Executive Director of the Shingo Institute

Ken Snyder is the executive director of the Shingo Institute. Mr. Snyder has served as a member of the Shingo Executive Advisory Board since 2009, as a Shingo Examiner since 2010, and as Shingo advisory board chairman since 2013. He became executive director in 2015. Mr. Snyder developed an interest in Japanese business practices while living in Japan during the time he was a student. His interest led him to major in Japanese history and then to pursue an MBA for the purpose of working with a Japanese business. Inspired by the work of Professors Mike Yoshino and William Ouchi, Mr. Snyder wrote his master’s thesis on “Applying Japanese Business Practices in American Companies.” Mr. Snyder earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1980 with an emphasis in international business.

Immediately after graduation, Mr. Snyder joined a Japanese electronics manufacturing company, Susumu Kogyo K.K., and helped lead the establishment of its U.S. affiliate company. As plant manager, and later president of that company, he led the company through the implementation of TQC, QC Circles, and later, JIT and kanban initiatives. After ten+ years with the Japanese company, Mr. Snyder led the startup of Progressive Impressions International (PII) in Bloomington, Illinois. There he created a “Lean accounting” system before the term even existed, and he led the growth of PII from pre-revenue to over $25 million in annual revenues. Before joining the Huntsman School, Mr. Snyder was president of Marketing Communication Inc., an operating division of Taylor Corporation. After 30 years in industry, Mr. Snyder joined the faculty of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business in 2008.