Q: What is your role and focus
at your company?
am responsible for global strategy
and overseeing the execution of that
strategy across our company. Ambrell
is a knowledge-based company that
offers our customers high-value expertise in induction heating solutions.
Induction heating is often a critical process
step in the manufacture of assemblies and
finished products. We deliver systems for
many markets including automotive, machinery, wire & cable, defense aerospace,
fasteners, medical, food & beverage, and
Q: What is the most pressing issue facing
the manufacturing industry today?
A: Technology is advancing at an ever-in-creasing pace, and manufacturing organizations must remain at or ahead of technological change. I believe that establishing
an environment of continuous learning is
one of the most pressing issues that is critical to the long-term success of a manufacturing organization. You must remain relevant to remain competitive.
Q: What is the most important corporate
initiative you are involved in at the mo-
A: I’m currently leading an effort to gain
greater intimacy with our customers so that
Ambrell can deliver a complete technology
and business solution. We are collecting
information from our customers regarding their current and future manufacturing
plans. We must understand the challenges
they face with manufacturing throughput,
quality, yields, safety, and costs. We will use
this information to consider how we can develop more valuable solutions for our customers.
In addition, I am sponsoring a value-engi-neering effort to improve the design-for-cost
and the design-for-manufacturing for our
two primary product lines, the EasyHeat
and EkoHeat induction heating systems.
Our goal is to push our engineering teams to
continuously improve our product.
Q: What will be the most important lead-
ership qualities to possess in the future?
A: All leaders must possess and demonstrate integrity. Integrity is to be true to
your word, say what you do, do what you
say. Integrity breeds trust.
Leaders must also be great, two-way communicators. This means that they can communicate verbally and in writing in a clear
and concise manner, and they can listen and
comprehend the information that is being
communicated to them.
Q: What will be the greatest opportuni-
ties for manufacturers over the next five
A: Ambrell is a low-volume, high value
product supplier. Many of our opportunities involve creating a solution that optimizes the results for each customer and each
customer application. This means that we
gain greater success by being flexible and
adaptive which, in-turn, requires exceptional talent. Opportunities present themselves when you can effectively combine
specific knowledge, a highly-reliable core
product, great service, and a fair price.
Q: What is your favorite activity outside of
work or the last book you read?
A: Outside of work, I like to spend quality time with my family (wife, 4 daughters,
2 granddaughters) and stay active (run,
hike, and play tennis.) My last book was
The Winds of War, a classic of historical
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to be true to
say what you
do, do what
you say. In-