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Meet the team

Pär Forsell

Title: Head of Toyota Lean Academy, Europe
Nationality: Swedish
Located in: Sweden
Region: International

Biography: I am a proud member of the Toyota family since 2005 and a passionate believer in the Toyota Way philosophies and Toyota Production System - the very origin of lean thinking. In my career in Toyota I have been practicing TPS in various positions and environments such as manufacturing, supplier development, logistics, etc. and despite difference in contexts and usage of various methods, success factors are always the same. Top management commitment and people engagement. Working with our Japanese senseis teaches you that virtually nothing is impossible which is the Toyota approach and the basis for my personal motto: Challenge what you should rather than what you can!

Years in the industry: 20
Skills: Assembly, welding, painting, logistics

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Services: Lean leadership, Lean transformation
Areas: Manufacturing, logistics, supplier development

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Matthias Bingel

Title: Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Nationality: German
Located in: Germany
Region: Central Europe

Biography: I qualified as a graduate industrial engineer and I have been working with lean best practice for over 25 years. My career started with Volkswagen, working as a senior lean consultant and coach, and I was a founding member of Volkswagen Consulting. I then gained further experience working with other major German manufacturing companies as a lean leader. In 2018 I joined Toyota and gained the full benefit of Toyota Production System experience within the Academy. I have completed over 40 major lean implementation projects in different industries and I am the author of "Prozessoptimierung durch KVP: Eine Erfolgsstrategie zur kontinuierlichen Verbesserung auch Ihres Bereiches" [Process Optimization through CIP: A Success Strategy for the Continuous Improvement of Your Area]. My experience has led me believe this: "There are so many people who can figure costs, and so few who can measure true lean value."

Years in the industry: 27

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Services: Lean leadership, Lean transformation programs, Lean administration
Areas: Automotive industries and suppliers, Mechanical industries, Chemical industries, Merchandising industries, Banks.

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Martin Mimer

Title: Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Nationality: Swedish
Located in: Sweden
Region: Northern Europe

Biography: I first joined the Toyota organisation in 1999, working in the Mjölby manufacturing operation. My career has covered many aspects of manufacturing, including project and logistics management, business planning and production control. I was deeply involved in the implementation of the Toyota Production System in our Swedish operations, working directly with leading Japanese Toyota TPS senseis. During my years at Toyota I have learned that there is an endless improvement potential which you can realise with a committed team and a structured approach.

Years in the industry: 20
Skills: Assembly, Welding, Painting, Logistics, Project Management

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Services: Lean practices in assembly, welding, painting, logistics & planning
Areas: Manufacturing, logistics, Sales 6 Operations planning, Product Planning

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Stefano Cortiglioni

Title: Toyota Lean Academy Italy Director & Regional Manager
Nationality: Italian
Located in: Italy
Region: Southern Europe

Biography: I started my career in production with a Masters' degree in mechanical engineering, and an Executive MBA in Bologna Business School. I have worked within a number of leading Italian manufacturing companies including ENI, Merloni and Ducati before joining Toyota in 2005. This provided me with the opportunity to experience Toyota Production System training in Japan and the USA, and I then took the role of Chief Operating Officer for Toyota's Italian factories leading the Lean Transformation. Today I am responsible for the Toyota Lean Academy in Italy. I am author of the book "Il Successo Continuo" [Continuous Success].

Years in the industry: 20
Skills: Management Consulting, Operations, Logistics, Supply Chain

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Services: Lean leadership, Lean transformation programs
Areas: Automotive industries, industrial equipment and logistics.

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Olivier Bessin

Title: Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Nationality: French
Located in: France
Region: Western Europe

Biography: I am a proud member of Toyota since 1996. During my career in Toyota I have been practicing TPS in various positions and environments such as manufacturing, supplier development, logistics, etc. My previous roles working directly with TPS included Production Engineering, New Investment, Kaizen Supplier, and Industrialisation Manager. I have visited Japan about twenty times for TPS training and other projects, and I have had the benefit of learning TPS mainly from 5 Toyota Senseis. My current role is Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor (West of Europe).

Years in the industry: 25

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Services: Lean leadership, Lean transformation, Lean training
Areas: Logistics, Manufacturing, Supplier development

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Jorge Medina

Title: TLA Manager, Spain
Nationality: Spanish
Located in: Spain

Biography: Aware of Toyota's historic lean strategy and wanting to be fully engaged with Toyota Production System methodology and its remarkable results, I joined the Lean Academy team in 2018.

I am highly experienced in optimisation and process improvement, with a deep consulting background and a methodical approach, following one of the most iconic quotes from Taiichi Ohno, who once said: "Where there is no standard there can be no Kaizen."

Years in the industry: 4

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Services: Lean leadership, Lean transformation programs
Areas: Manufacturing, logistics, retail

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Steve Vercammen

Title: TLA Manager, Belgium
Nationality: Belgian
Located in: Belgium
Region: Belgium

Biography: I started my career in airline and pharmaceutical manufacturing, before taking on a challenge in Mexico. Those experiences taught me the importance of visual communication, standardisation and process improvement. Next I switched to a sales function in automation engineering advising customers from the beginning. 8 years later I stepped into the material handling business with Toyota, where the Genchi Genbutsu and Kaizen approach really is a part of our DNA. In 2017 I was appointed as Logistics Solutions Director to develop a new market, and simultaneously I applied the Lean principles in our newly built office, workshop and warehouse. All the time I try to coach internal people to apply 5S.

Years in the industry: 5
Skills: Workshop, Flows

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Services: 5S, Visual management

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Lutz Pallmann

Title: TLA Manager, Germany
Nationality: German
Located in: Germany
Region: Germany

Biography: My work as an instructor and at various levels of maintenance has made it easy for me, in addition to training as a machining technician and studying mechanical engineering, to gain access to the Toyota Production System. Systematic elimination of disturbance causes and developing people how to master processes and not making them to serve machines as a servant is also an important part of the Toyota Production System.

After the introduction of CIP at the Daimler plant in Berlin, I was allowed to take over responsibility for the introduction and implementation of Kaizen / CIP in two aluminium extrusion plants in Austria and Switzerland as a member of the management board. Since 2018 I am allowed to build and expand Toyota Lean Academy Germany. "There are many who like, what they should and there are few who are allowed to want, what they can".

Years in the industry: 40 years

Skills: Occupational safety management, production, quality management, logistics, management development, project management, process management, HR, Personnel and organisational development

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Services: Lean Leadership, Lean Transformation, Lean Production, Lean Administration, Lean Sales

Areas: Automotive industry, metal working industry, machinery and plant construction, water supply, trade, rail transport, logistics, services, pharmaceuticals

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Lydia van den Bogaard

Title: TLA Manager, Netherlands
Nationality: Dutch
Located in: The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands

Biography: In my career I have covered many roles – and standardisation and structure have always been my key strengths. I never give up easily and will always strive for better and different ways to improve processes. My judgement is always based on facts and taking all of my beliefs into account I have become a big fan of the Toyota Way values and TPS. I like to work with people, helping and coaching them to improve their daily work. I'm a passionate trainer to teach about e.g. 5S, quality management and TIBP (A3).

Years in the industry: 38

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Services: Lean transformation programmes, training & workshops
Areas: Logistics & manufacturing

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Viktor Brandon Leek

Title: TLA Manager, Sweden
Nationality: Swedish
Located in: Sweden
Region: Sweden

Biography: I have spent my career working together with customers to improve their operations by increasing the performance in all key focus areas that are of importance. The goal is to have successful business results with happy customers, satisfied employees and a bottom line profit margin in-line with the owners' expectations. After several years as a management consultant, working with customers from all industries, I have joined the Toyota family and therefore developed my understanding of TPS & Lean, enabling me to share this knowledge, assisting my clients in their Lean journeys.

Years in the industry: 10
Skills: Management, Operations, Logistics, Supply chain

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Services: Lean Transformation, Lean Assessment, Continuous Improvement
Areas: Manufacturing, Logistics, Supplier Development

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Niklas Johansson

Title: Logistics Advisor, Sweden
Nationality: Swedish
Located in: Sweden
Region: Sweden

Biography: Proud member of the Toyota family, with long term experience of Project management within the areas of logistics, production and material handling from several major international organisations, in different business areas.

During my work at Toyota, and prior assignments, the Lean philosophy has been providing the guidelines.

Years in the industry: 13
Skills: Project Management, Logistics, Manufacturing, Production Planning, Material handling

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Services: Lean consultation, Project Management
Areas: Manufacturing, logistics, Material handling

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Jan Bjerge

Title: TLA Manager, Denmark
Nationality: Danish
Located in: Denmark
Region: Northern Europe

Biography: I have always been a strong advocate for the Toyota Way philosophies and Toyota Production System & I am very proud to be a member of the Toyota family. Throughout my career I have worked passionately with Lean thinking on all organisational levels in various environments & industries ranging from automotive, mechanical, service, electrical and food industries to health & public sectors. This wide range of industries has given me a deep insight to various problems & how to find solutions that ensure sustainable and profitable change in organisations, by maximising personal capabilities & managerial commitment. Working with Japanese senseis has taught me that if you want a value & cultural transformation, top management commitment & people engagement is imperative, ensuring consistent kaizen processes, steadily & completely working towards the desired vision.

Years in the industry: 15
Skills: Management, Operations, Logistics, Supply chain, Business & Strategy Deployment

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Services: Lean leadership, Lean transformation programmes, Lean training & problem-solving techniques
Areas: Manufacturing, Supply Chain Optimisation, Logistics, Government

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Sam Nomura

Sam Nomura is our undisputable TPS sensei with more than 50 years of experience of implementing TPS in the Toyota group. First in senior leadership positions internationally in Toyota Motor Corporation and after that moving to Toyota Industries Corporation taking the role as Senior TPS advisor during 10 years to Toyota Material Handling Group (TMHG).
Sam Nomura's brings exceptional TPS core knowledge to our group with the specialty in quality management.

One of the main characteristics during Sam Nomura's advisory period to Toyota Material Handling was his feedback always being written by hand, in A3 format. More than 300 A3's were issued during his support and using Sam Nomura's advice, we managed to improve internal and external quality performance with more that 80%.

Sam Nomura's availability is limited and exclusive so please allow some lead time receiving his support.

 

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Local advisor

Albania

Advisor: Stefano Cortiglioni, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: stefano.cortiglioni@it.toyota-industries.eu

Austria

Advisor: Matthias Bingel, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: matthias.bingel@toyota-industries.eu

Belarus

Advisor: Martin Mimer, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: martin.mimer@toyota-industries.eu

Belgium

Advisor: Olivier Bessin, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: olivier.bessin@toyota-industries.eu

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Advisor: Stefano Cortiglioni, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: stefano.cortiglioni@it.toyota-industries.eu

Bulgaria

Advisor: Stefano Cortiglioni, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: stefano.cortiglioni@it.toyota-industries.eu

Croatia

Advisor: Stefano Cortiglioni, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: stefano.cortiglioni@it.toyota-industries.eu

Cyprus

Advisor: Stefano Cortiglioni, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: stefano.cortiglioni@it.toyota-industries.eu

Czech Republic

Advisor: Matthias Bingel, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: matthias.bingel@toyota-industries.eu

Denmark

Advisor: Jan Bjerge, TPS & TLA Manager, Denmark
Contact information: jan.bjerge@dk.toyota-industries.eu

Estonia

Advisor: Martin Mimer, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: martin.mimer@toyota-industries.eu

Finland

Advisor: Martin Mimer, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: martin.mimer@toyota-industries.eu

France

Advisor: Olivier Bessin, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: olivier.bessin@toyota-industries.eu

Germany

Advisor: Lutz Pallmann, TLA Manager, Germany
Contact information: lutz.pallmann@de.toyota-industries.eu

Greece

Advisor: Stefano Cortiglioni, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: stefano.cortiglioni@it.toyota-industries.eu

Hungary

Advisor: Matthias Bingel, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: matthias.bingel@toyota-industries.eu

Iceland

Advisor: Martin Mimer, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: martin.mimer@toyota-industries.eu

Ireland

Advisor: Olivier Bessin, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: olivier.bessin@toyota-industries.eu

Italy

Advisor: Stefano Cortiglioni, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: stefano.cortiglioni@it.toyota-industries.eu

Kosovo

Advisor: Stefano Cortiglioni, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: stefano.cortiglioni@it.toyota-industries.eu

Latvia

Advisor: Martin Mimer, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: martin.mimer@toyota-industries.eu

Lithuania

Advisor: Martin Mimer, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: martin.mimer@toyota-industries.eu

Macedonia

Advisor: Stefano Cortiglioni, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: stefano.cortiglioni@it.toyota-industries.eu

Malta

Advisor: Stefano Cortiglioni, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: stefano.cortiglioni@it.toyota-industries.eu

Moldovia

Advisor: Martin Mimer, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: martin.mimer@toyota-industries.eu

Montenegro

Advisor: Stefano Cortiglioni, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: stefano.cortiglioni@it.toyota-industries.eu

Netherlands

Advisor: Lydia van den Bogaard, TLA Manager, Netherlands
Contact information: lydia.vandenbogaard@nl.toyota-industries.eu

 

Norway

Advisor: Martin Mimer, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: martin.mimer@toyota-industries.eu

Poland

Advisor: Matthias Bingel, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: matthias.bingel@toyota-industries.eu

Portugal

Advisor: Stefano Cortiglioni, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: stefano.cortiglioni@it.toyota-industries.eu

Romania

Advisor: Matthias Bingel, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: matthias.bingel@toyota-industries.eu

Russia

Advisor: Martin Mimer, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: martin.mimer@toyota-industries.eu

Serbia

Advisor: Stefano Cortiglioni, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: stefano.cortiglioni@it.toyota-industries.eu

Slovakia

Advisor: Matthias Bingel, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: matthias.bingel@toyota-industries.eu

Slovenia

Advisor: Stefano Cortiglioni, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: stefano.cortiglioni@it.toyota-industries.eu

Spain

Advisor: Jorge Medina, TLA Manager, Spain
Contact information: jorge.medinagonzalez@es.toyota-industries.eu

Sweden

Advisor: Viktor Leek, TLA Manager, Sweden
Contact information: viktor.leek@se.toyota-industries.eu

Switzerland

Advisor: Matthias Bingel, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: matthias.bingel@toyota-industries.eu

Turkey

Advisor: Stefano Cortiglioni, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: stefano.cortiglioni@it.toyota-industries.eu

Ukraine

Advisor: Martin Mimer, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: martin.mimer@toyota-industries.eu

United Kingdom

Advisor: Olivier Bessin, Regional Manager & Senior TPS Advisor
Contact information: olivier.bessin@toyota-industries.eu

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