Dermot Freeman is a non-executive Director of the Leading Edge Group. A Master/Senior Black Belt in Lean, Dermot has been practicing Lean in its many guises in many environments since 1979. Over the last 30 plus years he has implemented programs in QWL, Zero Defects, World Class Manufacturing and Lean in diverse companies. He is a key lecturer in the Leading Edge Group / UCC post graduate diploma – Lean Black Belt program since 2010. He is currently mentoring Black Belt practitioners in Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Food, and Retail amongst others. Some of these companies include Kepak, Irish Dairy Board, Pepsico, Stryker, Musgrave, DePuy, Janssen, Amazon, Centecor and the Irish Navy. He has been a keynote speaker on Lean implementation at Innovation conferences in several cities in Japan. He has also presented at conferences/workshops in USA, UK, China, Ireland and Canada. He also carries out a highly successful seminar in “How to become a Gemba Coach”.
Educated at University College Dublin, University of Waterloo, Ontario, and University of Limerick, Dermot has been at site management level for AHS and Baxter in Canada during the 80s, Oral-B and Gillette during the 90s as well as Olympus and Beckman Coulter during 00s. He has supported the implementation of operational excellence across manufacturing, laboratory, administration and service companies. Dermot was recently involved with the roll out of the DBS (Danaher Business System) within Beckman Coulter following Danaher’s takeover of the Beckman Coulter organization. DBS is in essence TPS and it involves CI at a constant level throughout the organization. Policy Deployment is at the heart of DBS and its transfer to real and meaningful projects and actions is a critical component of what the Danaher Organization has achieved over the years. Dermot is a seasoned Lean practitioner who is just as comfortable in the boardroom as in Gemba. His 32 years of experience leaves him in a position to know what has worked, and more importantly, what has not.