Siemens Healthineers 
Intermediate level
Value Stream 4 Extended Enterprise

Creating a worldwide lean culture

Seeing the business as a value chain from supplier to customer
Thursday, Oct. 27 Location Code
9:30am-10:30am San Antonio Ballroom, 3rd floor ThP/40

Hear how Siemens Healthineers has transformed its business to viewing the process as a value stream from research and development through to the customer.


Discover how transforming your business to viewing the process as a value stream from R&D through to the customer involves more than the manufacturing process. It also includes areas such as planning, finance, procurement and other support functions that play a critical role within a lean transformation. Hear about the cultural differences between sites (domestic and worldwide), the importance of outcomes, as well as the ‘people’ side of lean. Learn about the importance of keeping a narrow focus. Hear how to apply lean tools in an office environment and how you must work through the ‘pain barrier’ to improve.


Siemens Healthineers is a leader in laboratory diagnostics, medical imaging, clinical IT and medical infrastructure. With more than 45,000 employees in 73 countries worldwide, Siemens Healthcare is the biggest supplier of health care infrastructure in the world, with over 209,000 patients every hour benefitting from care based on Siemens technology and equipment. The company aspires to become the trusted partner of healthcare providers worldwide to help drive their clinical excellence, operational efficiency and profitability.

Presenters: Kent Richards / Gerry McNamee / Shaun Knights

Kent Richards is director of Siemens Performance system. He has 30+ years of manufacturing management experience and for the past 10 years, he had  led the CI efforts at the Siemens Healthineers manufacturing site in Walpole, MA. He also supports the other manufacturing and logistics sites within the health care division. Richards trained in lean while working for Coach Leatherware in partnership with the Toyota Supplier Support Center. His background includes lean transformations, one-piece flow, business process improvement, people engagement and lean strategy development.

Gerry McNamee has 25 years of manufacturing experience in both high and low volume industries, most recently heading the business excellence program in Siemens Swords facility in Ireland, part of Siemens Healthineers. McNamee is a lean six sigma trained engineer and has implemented multiple successful projects in all areas of supply chain from production and logistics to quality and finance.

Shaun Knights is senior business excellence manager at Siemens Healthineers. He has held various roles in manufacturing, quality and operational excellence. Knights holds an MSc in automotive engineering design, manufacture and management and is a certified lean six sigma master black belt from the British Quality Foundation. He is a qualified assessor for the EFQM award (European Foundation for Quality Management).