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IISE Names Jabil’s Walt Garvin as Fellow; Two Jabil Teams Win the IISE Lean Awards

The Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) recently awarded Walter Garvin, Jabil’s vice president of Lean Six Sigma, with the prestigious Fellow Award at the IISE 2016 Annual Conference and Expo in Anaheim, California. They also recognized the Jabil Singapore & Penang Teams as the winners of the Lean Best Practices competition. These accomplishments are a testament to the collective efforts by all of our teams to embody the lean principles in everything they do. 

Walter Garvin Recognized as IISE Fellow

Founded in 1948, IISE is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training,  research and development of industrial engineering. It is the world’s largest professional society for industrial and systems engineering and the Fellow award is it's highest honor. 

The Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) recently awarded Walter Garvin, Jabil’s vice president of Lean Six Sigma, with the prestigious Fellow Award at the IISE 2016 Annual Conference and Expo in Anaheim, California. They also recognized the Jabil Singapore & Penang Teams as the winners of the Lean Best Practices competition. These accomplishments are a testament to the collective efforts by all of our teams to embody the lean principles in everything they do. 

Walter Garvin Recognized as IISE Fellow

Founded in 1948, IISE is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training,  research and development of industrial engineering. It is the world’s largest professional society for industrial and systems engineering and the Fellow award is it's highest honor. 

Walter Garvin, Jabil VP of Lean Six Sigma

Walter Garvin, Jabil VP of Lean Six Sigma

The distinction is reserved for leaders that have made a significant impact on industrial engineering and the selection criteria is stringent. Only 20 fellows are chosen each year, making this recognition one of the most prestigious awards engineering. Since it began in 1950, over 400 members have received the award in total.

 “Being recognized by the premier organization in the world for industrial engineering is one of the most humbling experiences of my career. I’ve devoted my entire professional life to advancing industrial engineering principals. To have all these organizations come together to make this nomination, vote for me and recognize me as a Fellow is stunning,” said Walter Garvin.  

As a Lean Master and Six Sigma Black Belt, Walt’s 36-year career has spanned work in electronics, plastics, stamping, textiles and die casting in the automotive, medical and high tech industries. His diligent work has led to advancements to industrial engineering across the globe, which includes three overseas assignments to advance Industrial Engineering in Italy, Poland and China.

“Walt’s leadership and expertise in both disciplines has made him instrumental to the success of this mission, and we are very proud to see him earn such an important industry recognition for the extraordinary dedication and quality he brings to any organization where industrial engineering plays a role,” explained Bill Muir, Jabil Chief Operations Officer.

Jabil Singapore and Penang Teams take home top awards

Members of Jabil’s Singapore team, Sanjeev Verma, Nikhil Pal and Roland Tang, are congratulated by the leaders of the IISE, Michael Foss, James C. Moore and Joseph Hartman

Members of Jabil’s Singapore team, Sanjeev Verma, Nikhil Pal and Roland Tang, are congratulated by the leaders of the IISE, Michael Foss, James C. Moore and Joseph Hartman

In addition to Walt’s recognition as a IISE Fellow, Jabil teams in Singapore and Penang also took home the top two awards at the IISE’s Lean Best Practice competition. The Singapore team received the first place prize and Penang was awarded first runner up, competing against teams from such prestigious companies as IBM and Keysight Technologies. The awards were announced at the "Honors and Awards Banquet reception" by IISE President Mr. Michael D Foss. The sixth annual Lean Best Practice Award recognizes organizations that demonstrated lean principles and practices at the core of their company culture.

“These awards have really put Jabil on a world stage, showing what we can achieve if we all work together as teams and adopt lean and continuous improvement principles. We are just so incredibly proud of our people and the steps they have taken to embrace these initiatives,” said Walter Garvin.

Jabil Singapore was presented the first place prize for their project, “Lean Culture Transformation – Next Level” which involved re-deploying a site-wide Lean culture which led to cost savings and customer satisfaction. Jabil Penang’s team received first runner up for their project, “Solder Dross Recycling Process Optimization,” which promoted a new method and control process in recycling solder dross. They created a safer work environment while reducing costs and improving quality.

"Lean has truly become a way of life,” states Nikhil Pal, Singapore team coach. “Our philosophy is that Lean is practiced everyday, by everyone and everywhere in our company.”

The ongoing use of Lean and Six Sigma principles throughout the company has enabled Jabil to create a workforce of problem solvers, where everyone is focused on continually driving improvements in quality, delivery and cost. Prioritizing Lean Six Sigma is a significant part of Jabil's culture within our plants and throughout all functional departments, including finance, business development, product development, supply chain management and others.

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