Ward Chartier, PE, has worked for 31 years in high technology manufacturing comprising avionics, industrial machinery, office machinery, telecommunications, and industrial materials. For 11 of these years he was General Manager in various small and medium sized remote manufacturing operations. As General Manager, his scope of responsibility included manufacturing, engineering, materials, human resources, finance, quality, facilities, information technology, sales, Oracle and SAP ERP system implementation, and regulatory compliance. Ward’s employers include Texas Instruments, AT&T, Alcatel, a division of Emerson, and other multi-national companies.
For 14 years Ward worked in the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Malaysia, and China. His experience overseas includes significant leadership responsibility for three startups and for turning around three underperforming operations. These engagements included considerable international transfer of products, processes, and technologies to the sites Ward managed.
Ward’s major interests include starting new operations, new product introduction, managing rapid growth, Lean and all facets of profit improvement, turning around operations, developing young professionals, and industrial safety. He is adept at driving fast and effective change with enduring high quality results.
Ward has a BSIE from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Industrial Management from the University of Dallas. He is a licensed professional engineer in Texas specializing in manufacturing engineering. He was previously Certified in Production and Inventory Management through APICS and a Certified Quality Engineer through ASQ.
Ward taught Operations Management to MBA candidates for two years at the University of Dallas, and is a frequent international guest lecturer and guest speaker. He also publishes articles in professional journals, and regularly comments on operations management topics at the OMInsight website and on LinkedIn discussion groups.
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