Dr. Henning O. Bruns - Managing Director

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(Business Turnaround / Lean Production/ Operational Excellence)

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE​

  • Automotive Manufacturing

  • Truck Manufacturing

  • Drivetrain Machining & Assembly

  • Product Launch Management

  • Operational Excellence

  • Business Performance & Plant Turnaround

  • Toyota Production System / Shop Floor Management / KPI Control

KEY PROJECTS

  • Launch of 8 Vehicles & Components / >$700M Plant Invest / >$500M Product Project Invest

  • Created complementing US-German MgmtCulture

  • Repositioning Program to $400M EBIT Swing Turnaround within 3 years

  • 3 Plant Turnarounds within1 year(+30% Quality / +25% Labor Efficiency / sign. improved worker morale)

  • P&L control via Hoshin-Kanritarget setting process

  • Received 5 Corporate Daimler Awards (Best Quality, best Lean Culture, best Value Add Improvement, best Rate of Overall Improvement, best Launch)

  • Plant Modernization to global Daimler Standard

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 1995 - Greenfield Mercedes-Benz Plant, Alabama, Process Engineering Trim Lines / Development of MB Production System

  • 1997 - Mercedes-Benz do Brazil, Industrialization of 2 Truck Product Lines in South America

  • 2000 - Global Head of 2 Truck Product Lines for Europe, Brazil, Turkey

  • 2006 - GM of Engine Operations MB Mannheim (2,700 FTE / 160,000 engines p. y.)

  • 2007 - GM Detroit Diesel Corporation, Detroit (2,500 FTE, 100,000 engines & 80,000 axles p. y. /Launch of Global Engine Platform)

  • 2012 - Head of Global Strategy and Product Planning for Daimler Trucks & Buses

  • 2015 - GM Freightliner Truck Plant, Charlotte, (2,500 FTE, 30,000 HD Trucks p. y.)

  • 2018 - ConMoto Consulting Inc., Senior Partner Charlotte, NC (Supplier Turnaround / Operational Excellence / Production System Implementation)

  • The Top 10 Lessons for Future Plant Managers

EDUCATION

1992-1993 Texas Tech University, Master of Science Industrial Engineering
2000 University of Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering
Since 1997 various Lean Manufacturing / Kaizen Trainings / Japan Lean Study Trips
Since 1992 visited > 100 Automotive OEM and Suppliers Plants in Europe / Americas / Asia

MISCELLANEOUS

German (native)
English (fluent)
Portuguese (fluent)
Spanish (basic knowledge)