Worldwide Leadership Team
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Gregory F. Gruska
Chad Kymal, Chief Technical Officer & Founder
Chad Kymal is an international trainer and consultant whose broad experience includes
TQM, setup reduction, technology assessment and inventory analysis, statistical
process control, and quality function deployment. After graduating from the General
Motors Institute Chad spent a number of years working at General Motors and KPMG
before founding Omnex Inc. in 1986. Over Chad's successful career, he has served
on the Malcolm Baldrige Board of Examiners and has received numerous quality achievement
awards, including the Quality Professional of the Year award by the American Society
of Quality Automotive Division in 2005 . In addition to Chad's Bachelor's degree
from GMI, Chad holds both a master's degree in industrial and operations engineering
from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Chad is instrumental in determining the
strategic direction of the consulting and training organizations, as well as the
product strategy for the software company - Omnex Systems. Chad personally led the
Omnex team that helped Ford Motor Co. rewrite the QOS methodology. He assisted Ford
Motor staff write the QS-9000 requirements and he conducted the first worldwide
witness audit for the same. Under Chad's direction, Omnex has worked with Lucent
Technologies, Philips Semiconductors, Magna, and most of the Fortune 500 companies
worldwide. Omnex provides more than 50 training courses in subject areas ranging
from APQP to Six Sigma and has 15 offices worldwide.
In addition to founding both Omnex and Omnex Systems, Chad is also the founder of
AQSR, one of the top five rated quality system registrars in the United States as
rated by Quality Digest. AQSR specializes in providing auditing services in ISO
9001, QS-9000, TE Supplement, ISO/TS 16949, VDA 6*, AS9000, and the ISO 14001 series
of international standards.
Executive Vice President and Director of International Operations for Omnex, Inc.,
Dave Watkins has a wide range of experience encompassing full profit and loss responsibility
in General Management, as well as manufacturing, production, Human Resources and
distribution management in a variety of industries. Dave has had responsibilities
at all levels of manufacturing, from production shift supervisor to President, and
has led total process re-engineering efforts in several plants, involving a number
of different process and product technologies.
Dave's focus is on employing approaches that enhance the client's ability to create
value for customers and stockholders; as a result he is particularly adept at the
integration of quality and business management systems to enhance overall performance
and competitive capability.
He has developed and delivered training and consulting services domestically and
in all major international markets, primarily to senior and executive management
groups, in the strategic implementation of integrated management systems incorporating
QS/ISO 9001:2008, ISO/TS 16949:2009, QOS/BOS, Product Development & Launch (NPD),
Supplier Development & Supply Chain Management, and lean enterprise systems in rational,
profit oriented solutions.
Having pioneered the application of these approaches in non-manufacturing companies,
Dave has authored or co-authored most of Omnex's seminars for service companies,
including ISO 9001:2008 for Service, Advance Quality Planning (AQP) for Service,
and QOS/BOS for Service. He has worked with clients in industries as diverse as
banking; local, regional and global multi-modal transportation; product development
& engineering; software development; logistics; contract professional services;
construction; and project management.
His extraordinarily broad industry experience ranges from automotive and semiconductor
design and manufacturing, to the design, development and bottling of package solutions
for the liquor industry, production of aerosol cans, gear sets for oil rigs, magnets
for electric motors and printing production processes for standardized testing.
He has worked with chemical companies, R&D Groups, seating assembly plants and complex
electronic component and assembly companies.
Dave has delivered papers on a variety of topics in the U.S., India, Bahrain, Thailand
and China and has published articles in a variety of periodicals.
His education includes a BA from Widener University and numerous professional courses.
Dave has served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association,
as a Trustee for the IMA's Education Foundation, and as a Trustee for Northeastern
Illinois University Foundation.
Gregory F. Gruska
Mr. Gruska, a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), is presently the
COO of Omnex Systems and a principal consultant in performance excellence and Six
Sigma Master Blackbelt for Omnex Engineering and Management, Inc.
Mr. Gruska had been associated with Dr. W. E. Deming and has assisted in the Transformation
of Management since 1981. He has personally assisted large and small companies in
North America and Europe in this transformation including the development and implementation
of strategy, benchmarking, process control planning, and customer satisfaction.
Further, he has worked with companies in the preparation of internal or external
assessment utilizing criteria such as QS-9000, ISO/TS 16949, Total Quality Excellence,
and MBNQA and has helped organizations using Six Sigma performance improvement strategies.
He directed and was the primary resource for the development and initial implementations
of Comprehensive Process Control Planning ((CP)2). This approach provides a structure
for the logical determination and implementation of process controls within an environment
of continuous improvement. Following the precepts taught by Dr W. E. Deming, (CP)2
enables an organization to establish what is needed to control its processes and
then integrate these plans within the normal operations. The Ford Motor Company,
Transmission and Chassis Division, pioneered its use with the launch of the transaxle
used in the Taurus/Sable vehicles. This structure enabled the plant to achieve Best-In-Class
status for this transmission within the first year of production and subsequently
to continue to improve its quality and productivity.
Prior to joining OMNEX, Mr. Gruska managed the Quality Engineering Activity at Chevrolet.
This group provided benchmarking, quality engineering and statistical support to
all divisional and corporate activities and their suppliers. Besides the application
of statistics within the design, manufacturing, and support environments, this group
was active in the development of new technologies and training in these areas. Mr.
Gruska additional served as a Divisional and Corporate consultant in Statistical
Engineering and Management. He has traveled extensively in assisting engineering,
financial, and support staffs and manufacturing plants in the investigation and
solution of problems affecting quality and customer satisfaction.
Mr. Gruska has been involved in the development of theory and software and authored
many papers in the areas of non-normal and multivariate sampling and data analysis,
quality management, measurement systems analysis, inspector effectiveness and statistical
process control. He is the author of Theory D which discusses the teachings of Dr.
W. Edwards Deming and is the editor and principal author of Comprehensive Process
Control Planning -(CP)2. He is also the co-author of The Malcolm Baldrige National
Quality Award: The Yardstick for Quality Growth, available through Addison-Wesley.
Mr. Gruska is also an active/writing member of the QS-MSA and QS-SPC Manual subcommittees
of the American Automotive industry's Supplier Quality Requirements Task Force which
is part of the international task force governing TS-16949.
Mr. Gruska is an adjunct professor at Madonna University. He has advanced degrees
in mathematics and engineering from the University of Detroit, Michigan State University
and Wayne State University. He was the Deming Memorial Lecturer at the Sheffield
Hallam University for the year 2000.
Mr. Gruska is a charter member of the Greater Detroit Deming Study Group and the
W. E. Deming Institute. He is a ASQ certified Quality Engineer, a licensed Professional
Engineer (CA - Quality) and a member of the Board of Examiners of and Judge for
the Michigan Quality Leadership Award (1994-2005).
Kevin Lange is a self-motivated leader with proven results in the quality field and in purchasing and commercial activities. He has spent over 25 years in the quality field, including experience in the training and consulting fields in addition to tier one supplier and OEM experience. While at Chrysler, Kevin managed commercial issues with Dodge Viper suppliers which included leading multiple resource activities due to economic situations at suppliers. He was also responsible for the quality level of all incoming parts and managed PPAP activities for the Viper program.
As Director of Quality at General Physics Corporation, Kevin managed a training staff of ten trainers that conducted seminars on QS-9000, FMEA, APQP, and PPAP to automotive suppliers. In addition, he both developed and conducted instructor-led training in quality tools for over 100 clients in the automotive, power generation and medical fields. He was also the lead instructor for all AIAG-commonized manuals, as well as the lead instructor and Program Manager for QS-9000 auditor training.
During his career he has been responsible for numerous internal and external audit programs and conducted hundreds of audits of quality systems in many different industries. Kevin participated in the development of Chrysler's pre-assessment program to qualify a new source as a supplier to Chrysler. He trained Chrysler personnel in audit techniques and led the team on initial audits.
Helge Bolbrinker (Omnex Germany)
Helge is a Senior Consultant in area of production and manufacturing with core skills
in metal working, machining and semiconductor / electronics. Industry expertise
is in Plastic processing, Metal production and processing, Construction, Electronics
and Semiconductor, Vehicle assembly and supplying chain, Trade, Vehicle garages,
and Research. Helge regularly works with ISO/TS 16949:2009, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001,
VDA and integrated management systems. He has 3 years of experience in R&D/Design
and 10 years of work experience managing quality assurance within the automotive
supply chain. For training he can rely on his practical experience in the application
of quality tools like SPC, FMEA, MSA, DOE, PPAP, 6M, FTA, BPR, QFD, and 8D. He is
a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
He holds third party auditor certifications for ISO/TS 16949:2009 (from IATF), ISO 14001:2004 (from RABQSA). He is an engineering graduate
in the study of metallurgy, with specialties in metal physics, a combination of
theoretical physics, material development and metal work technology. He speaks German,
English and Russian.
Dave Barber (Omnex Canada)
Mr. Barber is the General Manager and Senior Quality Consultant / Trainer for Omnex
Canada Inc. He has been a full time consultant since 1998, and estimates a total
of 4,500 hours of in-class instructional training and 2,500 hours of client consultation
since that time.
Mr. Barber has over 18 years experience in the Quality profession with the majority
of this time being spent in Quality Director / Manager and Quality Engineering roles.
He has a diverse background with experience in the automotive, medical devices,
consumer electronic, telecommunications, plastics, machining, and stamping industries.
Mr. Barber has assisted companies in the development and implementation of cohesive
quality systems that have resulted in the achievement of ISO 9001:1994, QS-9000,
TS 16949:1999, ISO 9001:2008, TS 16949:2002, TL 9000, ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and Six
Mr. Barber is a ten-year member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and is
a Certified Quality Engineer. He received his Quality Assurance Certificate (accredited
by the ASQ) from Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology, has a diploma
in Electronics from Radio College of Canada.
Areas of knowledge and training include:
- Quality Systems Implementation & Development
- Quality, Safety & Environmental
- Process Mapping and Lean Principles
- Advanced Product
Quality Planning (APQP)
- Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
(Business, Environmental, Safety, Systems, Design and Process)
- Statistical Process
- Design of Experiments (DOE)
- Measurement Systems Analysis
- Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)
- Team Building & Problem
- Project Management
- Ford Methods
- Six Sigma
Arun Kumar (Omnex India, VP of Omnex Asia)
Mr. Kumar has been with Omnex in various management positions for over 17 years. He has immense experience in business consulting and quality systems implementation/training for a range of industries including automotive, general manufacturing, telecom and service industries. He was primarily responsible for starting up Omnex' operations in India and other parts of Asia in the late 90s and has helped several organizations in their quest to continual improvement.
His career objective is to assist companies in achieving significant improvements in their competitive positions, both operational as well as technology oriented through the introduction of professionally managed quality/business systems, Integrated Six Sigma deployment and TQM philosophies.
His problem solving, analytical and people skills gives him an added edge on value added implementation of Integrated management systems and Strategic breakthrough improvement.
A certified Lead Auditor and a Master Black Belt, he manages and leads a dedicated team of more than 120 professionals who take care of the needs of Omnex' clients in India, China, Thailand, Malaysia and Middle East. His education includes a degree in Computer Science Engineering and other professional courses.
Ravikumar - General Manager (Omnex Middle East)
Ravikumar is the General Manager & Principal Consultant / Trainer for Omnex - Middle
East. Ravikumar has 14 years of rich experience encompassing Manufacturing and Services
in a variety of industries & organizations such as precision engineering, automotive,
oil & gas, banking, investment services, transportation, project management & IT-enabled
services such as BPO & E-commerce.
Ravikumar is a Metallurgist and Quality Management professional who has rich experience
in different aspects of Quality Management (coaching, training, consulting and mentoring).
He has assisted organizations in the development and implementation of management
systems such as ISO 9001:2008, ISO/ TS 16949:2009, ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:2007,
Lean/ Six-Sigma, etc., as a single system or integrated with other management systems.
An Expert in QMS Implementations and practices, he has also proved his expertise
in fields like world-class work environment through 5S, QFD , Kaizen etc., which
makes him an integral part of OMNEX's Lean consulting team in Asia. He has a rare
distinction of having implemented EMS and Safety practices for oil mining companies
both on-shore and off-shore.
He is helped more than 25 companies in achieving excellent environmental management
systems based on ISO 14001 and TS 16949:2009. His expertise and command over organizational
health and safety management has been appreciated by companies over a wide spectrum.
His career objective is to consistently meet the client's requirements and nurture
Omnex's ambitions of Building Business Excellence worldwide.
Michael Xu (Omnex China)
Michael Xu has been working in high volume, automotive component, and equipment
manufacturing for a decade. He has deep practical working experience on quality
system and operation management in automotive and electronic manufacturing industry
in both North America and China. Michael had been working in quality and engineering
management in automotive industry in Canada and USA, including quality system implementations
of ISO/TS 16949 and ISO 14001, APQP management, Six Sigma Implementation, team building
and customer communication with GM, DCX and Ford. Mr. Xu has a wealth of international
working experience in management in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to his
work in automotive industry, he was employed as Engineering Manager and Senior Engineer
in international companies such as ABB and Schneider Electric. He has hands-on experience
with Quality System Implementation, Supply Chain Management, Souring Strategy Development,
Engineering and Project Management and Six Sigma project management. His practical
knowledge and quality experience with ISO/TS 16949:2009, ISO 4001, and ISO 9001:2008
is backed up with the proud quality records and performance acknowledgement from
customers, such as GM, Ford and DCX.
Michael XU has a sound knowledge of APQP, PPAP, PFMEA, DOE, SPC, Control Plan, Process
Flow, GD&T, 8D, Lean Manufacturing, 5S, Error & Mistake Proofing, Layered Auditing,
QSB, GQTS, IMDS, and engineering management. He is very familiar with supplier assessment
Michael XU has a wealth of practical experience of Six Sigma planning and establishment
and implementation. As a certified Senior Consultant of Six Sigma of Omnex, Mr.
Xu has been in charge of multiple Six Sigma Black Belt projects in both North America
and China. He is familiar with Six Sigma project implementation and management through
DMAIC process, including project defining, project planning, benefit and risk analysis,
current status assessment, base line establishment, key input factors locating,
solution optimization and control, standardization and project transfer, benefit
holding and sustaining. The customer base is ranging from automotive, electronics,
semiconductor and aerospace.
Mr. Xu is Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) of ASQ, Certified Quality Engineer
(CQE), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) of ASQ, Certified TS16949 Lead Auditor and
Certified ISO14001 Lead Auditor. He speaks English, French and Chinese Mandarin.
Michael Xu has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Advanced Quality Certificate
from Centennial College of Canada.
Rajasekharan Pillai (Omnex Singapore)
Rajasekharan Pillai is the Managing Director and CEO of Omnex' Singapore operations. He has immense experience of around 20+ years of which the last 6 years has been in operations consulting with McKinsey and Company. Apart from being the Expert Associate Principal and Leader of the Asia Operations Practice based at the Singapore office, he was also a leader of the Mckinsey Global Energy and Materials (GEM) Practice and Reliability Practitioners' network.
His McKinsey experience includes:
Operations transformation leadership
- Ports and shipping network of one of the National Oil and Gas Company in South East Asia- (Lean operations reducing turnaround time, improving vessel performance and port performance and maintenance)
- Refinery in South Asia to lift performance close to world class- on reliability improvement, procurement improvement, contractor management, operations of processing complexes
- Leading global Oil and Gas Corporation in their upstream exploration assets in Asia Pacific to deliver top quartile performance of the assets. (improve shutdown maintenance and equipment reliability)
- World-class cement plant in South East Asia lifting performance from Good to Great- (maintenance, contractor management, reliability system improvement, spare parts procurement)
- National Post and logistics company in South East Asia - Improved performance of logistics, mail and delivery operations. Currently working on developing growth strategy to "Go international"
- Heavy electrical equipment manufacturing company in Taiwan - Lean operations improvement and capability building- improved capacity, productivity, reduced manufacturing lead time and inventory
- Various, short operations improvement studies in South African coal mines
Overall company transformation
- Led Growth Strategy and operations transformation program for the national postal and logistic company in South East Asia to double the revenues, develop a balance portfolio of businesses and necessary capabilities to implement the same.
- 20 month long program with a Belgian-Sri Lanka JV manufacturing specialty transportation systems - in manufacturing, purchasing, supply chain, Design-to-cost and organizational redesign (establishing new vision, mission, values and capabilities through leadership workshops and capability academy)
- Maintenance and Reliability improvement in manufacturing and process industry (including refinery ports, refinery operation, Oil Exploration, Cement mfg)
- Quick diagnostic tool kit (Manufacturing Excellence Diagnostic - MED) and applied in Asia and South Africa. Developed project manager guide for MED application Mining industry.
- Architected the Singapore Manufacturing Excellence Award - its framework and execution. Still guiding EDB (Economic Development Board) on this project
- Developed several transformation case studies and documents.
- Fire walk - to break limiting thoughts of people to increase belief in delivering peak performance
Prior to McKinsey, Raja has around 14 years experience in Manufacturing, Procurement, Production control/ logistics and Engineering functions across Asia Pacific region. He worked with Delphi and Delphi suppliers across India, Malaysia, and Singapore as Senior Manager and Director. He has a great passion for Lean transformation of business units and functions. He was a member of the Asia Pacific Leadership team of the company as "Lean Change Champion". As the Component business manager for Asia pacific he developed strategies for supply and manufacturing of components in Asia. He developed plants in Singapore and China. Increased regional component supply base from 20% to 65% in less than 3 years.
Raja holds a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Kerala University (College of Engineering Trivandrum), India, and Masters in Business Administration from the California State University, Hayward, USA.
Dan Reid (Omnex USA)
R. Dan Reid, the Omnex Director of Consulting is best known as an author of QS-9000, ISO Technical Specification (TS) 16949, ISO 9001:2000, the first ISO International Workshop Agreement (IWA 1), which applies ISO 9001 to healthcare and its replacement, AIAG’s Business Operating Systems for Healthcare Organizations (HF-2). He also worked on the Chrysler, Ford and GM Potential Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, Production Part Approval Process and Advanced Product Quality Planning manuals. While at AIAG, he led successful projects for Effective Problem Solving, Cost of Poor Quality and Supplier Management. While at General Motors, among other assignments, he led the Supplier Development Administration, served on the Chrysler, Ford, GM Supplier Quality Requirements Task Force, which was responsible for QS-9000 and later ISO TS/16949, and he established a Supplier Quality function at GM Service Parts. He later established a Supplier Quality function at Baxter BioScience Division’s Los Angeles plant before serving as the BioScience Divisional Supplier Quality Director.
- The first Delegation Leader of the International Automotive Task Force (IATF);
- A member of the Parenteral Drug Association;
- A member of the American College of Health Care Executives;
- A published author with McGraw Hill, ASQ Press and others;
- A member of the ASQ Administrative Committee and Technical Reviewer;
- On the A2LA Board of Directors
Reid, an ASQ Fellow and ASQ Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), has received awards including:
- 2010 Quality Improvement Coaching Excellence for Primary Care Practices, Michigan Primary Care Consortium
- 2006 Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) Healthcare Focus Group Chairs’ Award;
- 2005, 2004, 1993 Cecil C. Craig Awards, ASQ Automotive Division;
- 2004 ASQ Automotive Division Quality Leader of the Year;
- 2003 Leadership Award from the European Quality Institute ISO9000 International Conference;
- 2002 AIAG Outstanding Achievement Award.