BILL BROWNE – DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Mr. Browne has over 37 years of extensive manufacturing experience and expertise in general management, manufacturing operations, quality systems, engineering, product development, and continuous improvement initiatives, including Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. As an experienced change agent, he has led numerous process improvement initiatives resulting in top-line and bottom-line growth across a range of industry sectors and geographies, including China, Hong Kong and the UK.
Prior to joining Manex, Mr. Browne was General Manager at Triangle Coatings, Inc. where he was responsible for managing two manufacturing operations. During his tenure, he led the organization to achieve a 20% improvement in productivity. Previously, Mr. Browne held executive management positions with a number of organizations including Morgan Crucible, Consolidated Container Company and Mattel, Inc., where he was instrumental in driving cultural transformations that enhanced profitability, productivity, and efficiency. Under his leadership at Mattel Toys Hong Kong, the operations doubled production without adding resources through the implementation of Just-In-Time manufacturing techniques. During his work with General Motors, he developed the process for the Vacuum Insertion of Engine Pistons, resulting in a pre-patent research disclosure.
Mr. Browne has led numerous Lean Manufacturing, quality (ISO 9001, 8D), product optimization, consumer pricing and workforce development programs that achieved dramatic improvements in productivity and competitiveness. He has led implementations in the areas of Product Design and Optimization using DFMEAs and PFMEAs and was part of the implementation team for a J.D. Edwards ERP system into an $80MM company. Mr. Browne has also achieved the Six Sigma Master Black Belt (SSMBB) and Certified Design for Six Sigma (CDFSS). Mr. Browne holds an MBA with high honors from the University of Detroit, and a BS in Engineering Arts (a combination of Engineering and General Business) from Michigan State University.
Areas of Expertise
- Plant/Operations Management
- Supply Chain Management & Logistics
- Lean Manufacturing & Six Sigma
- Quality Systems, 8D, FMEA, RCCA, ISO
- Project Management
- Strategic Planning
General Motors, Mattel Inc., TRW, Inc., Triangle Coatings, Morgan Crucible Company, LLC, Consolidated Container, Kelsey Hayes Company, Bretford Manufacturing, Diagnostics for the Real World, Wilkinson Manufacturing, Cellotape, Cytosport, Northrop Grumman and Crossfield Products