DJO Global 
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Does lean drive cultural change or does cultural change drive lean?

The partnership between cultural transformation and lean manufacturing


Practitioner Presentation
Tuesday, Oct. 30 Location Code
2:15pm-3:15pm Grand Hall B, Lobby level TS/13



After 18 months of building a strong team and improving service levels, hear how DJO - Vista Manufacturing Center began its focused lean journey.


Learn how the results that can be realized from the implementation of lean manufacturing tools and methodologies is undeniable, and how when coupled with a cultural transformation, they can become even more meaningful and impactful. Discover how this partnership has enabled exceptional financial, quality and safety outcomes. Hear about the team that DJO has is one of mutual trust and respect, and the safety, quality, attrition and financial metrics confirm the results achieved with this approach.


DJO Global, Inc. is a leading global provider of high-quality, orthopedic devices, with a broad range of products used for rehabilitation, pain management and physical therapy. It also develops, manufactures and distributes a broad range of surgical reconstructive implant products. DJO Global's aim is to enable all people to regain the joy and comfort of natural motion. As a leading healthcare company, it provides the facilities, resources and people to deliver state-of-the-art medical devices and services that enable people to live life to the fullest while maximizing end-users' comfort.

Presenters: Marta Hawkins / Ninar Marqueses

Marta Hawkins is director of operations at DJO - Vista Manufacturing Center. Joining DJO in 2012, she was able to create relationships with cross functional teams which enabled her to successfully launch new products. In 2013, she assumed responsibility for the Vista Manufacturing facility. Hawkins began her career at John Deere where she learned about manufacturing and production scheduling, and the impact it had on people, cost and service. She held positions in supervision, procurement and supply chain. She also worked at Callaway Golf, California, managing the supply chain team. 

Ninar Marqueses is manufacturing manager at DJO, responsible for the custom knee brace manufacturing operations. In his current role, he is responsible for 100+ employees and $45M of corporate revenue and service. He also lead the effort to achieve a 65 percent productivity improvement that contributed to over $1M in labor savings. Marqueses began his career as a production engineer/supervisor at Fujitsu Computer Products Corporation. He then went to East Gate Technology Ltd., Singapore, where he successfully restructured the manufacturing operations.