Les Gardner, Quality Assurance Manager
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Les has over 30 years of hands-on experience in developing core operational improvement skills to achieve and sustain results in manufacturing-based organizations.
Les’ broad experience includes deployment of improvement methodologies across a wide range of industries and manufacturing operations. His background ranges from Lean Six Sigma and TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) to Total Quality Management (TQM) program development and rollout. He has delivered improvement tools to semiconductor and paper manufacturing operations. These tools were utilized to achieve strategic business goals and support cost reduction in a drive toward becoming lowest cost producer. Les has delivered a number of TPM and Lean Six Sigma presentations at TPM/Lean Manufacturing conferences to share program implementation key learnings and examples. Building business excellence is Les’ primary focus. He has successfully led and mentored teams to deliver on time, on target results to accomplish site performance goals. He has personally applied the tools and has an extensive background in training all levels of the organization in Six Sigma, TPM and TQM components to build continuous improvement skills. He has held a wide range of process, environmental and quality engineering, coaching, capability development and TPM positions at SAPPI, National Semiconductor and Texas Instruments Incorporated.
In his TPM Leader/Promotion Office role with National, Les designed and implemented 5S plus Safety across all areas of the operation to maintain the factory in as new or better condition. All eight TPM pillars were rolled out to a TPM Master plan. He led a Manager’s Model pilot team through equipment restoration, which developed Autonomous Maintenance skills and demonstrated top management support for TPM implementation. He has worked with semiconductor and other manufacturers in the U.S. and U.K. to benchmark and develop TPM best practices.
Les is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, TQM Quality Advisor and has certified as an ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt, and JIPM (Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance) TPM Instructor. He attended the University of Massachusetts where he majored in Chemical Engineering.