Global Business Research are really excited to announce that Ton Aerdts has joined the team as Research Director heading up the Operational Excellence & Continuous Improvement segments. In this role Ton will be responsible for orchestrating the content & connectivity for OPEX & CI and will be working closely with GBR’s members on validating their strategies.
Since the start of his career in 1993, Ton has been active in Continuous Improvement (CI). The first 20 years supporting companies in their Lean, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), 6 Sigma and Change Management journey. Leading a boutique consultancy company based in the Netherlands supporting global customers like Heinz, Starbucks, Bosch and Paccar Trucks to better their operational processes.
In the last 10 years he worked hands on and onsite with brands such as Cargill, DSM and Akzo Nobel (to name a few) helping them develop the internal capability and to run integrated CI programs. Most recently as the Site Director and interim Managing Director for the DACH region at Prinsen Berning where he managed a site with around 350 fte producing protein bars though a difficult phase after being acquired by a private equity company. He led the turnaround from a traditional family owned and managed business with serious operational issues to getting ready for the future with tremendous growth.
“I look forward to being a part of the GBR family. Our first research piece will be on how companies structure their CI journey and how the current situation is affecting that. I expect to share a lot of insights on this soon and look forward to speaking with our members to collectively navigate this journey,” said Ton Aerdts.
“Ton is a tremendous addition to the GBR Advisory team. His vast experience as a practitioner will help us not only navigate the research agenda but also provide a true account of the challenges our industry members are going through,” said Faisal Ansari, CEO at Global Business Research.
Ton holds a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering. He is fluent in Dutch, English and German. He is based in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Welcome aboard Ton!