Project Description

Marie-Philippe Vanheems


Operational Excellence Executive
Marie-Philippe has 14 years as a successful operational excellence executive in top tier manufacturers with experience in profitability turnaround, team leadership, and deep cultural changes. She started her career with the nickname of “Million Dollar Baby” with her first certified 6 Sigma Black Belt project (Savings ~1.5M$). The last four years the OpEx journey under her leadership led to 3 to 4 % of cost savings (Savings >25M€). in addition to achieving outstanding sustainable Business Results, One of these achievements was recognized in 2017 by the Award of the Most Improved Plant.

Philanthropic & Digital Visionary
After her deep dive into almost all methods and tools in Lean, TPM and Six Sigma, Marie-Philippe realized that not only is the Process important but the Purpose and the People as well. To be an agile and successful business, people engagement, servant leadership and digitalization (RPA, AI, IoT) have been included in her practice I LOVE OPEX. Her OpEx model reflects the transition from Shareholders’ satisfactions to Stakeholders’ satisfactions first, with stakeholders being your customers, your employees from ALL generations and our planet.

Community Founder, Speaker, Blogger & Author-to-be
Marie-Philippe’s mission is to shape and share the future of Operational Excellence and implement it in progressive organizations. Her thirst of learning, sharing and caring led to the creation of the I Love OpEX Community in October 2019. She is collaborating constantly with international experts and influencers (e.g. “Gemba Walk Deep Dive” participant for the research case funded by the EPFL in 2018 by Lean Analytics, Speaker at the European Business Transformation in Amsterdam in 2019). She is a blogger and is now writing a book that will be released in 2020.

Result oriented
Problem solving

French (native)
English (fluent)
Dutch (good)

Marie-Philippe Vanheems
To experts overview

Employment History

2020 – present
I LOVE OPEX Practice and Community
2019 – present
Carlsberg Group
Excellence Director
2017 – 2018
Dentsply Sirona
Business Unit Operational Excellence Manager
2015 – 2017
Dentsply Sirona
Operational Excellence Manager
2012 – 2015
Nestle S.A.
Production Manager
2009 – 2012
Nestle S.A.
NCE (Nestle Continuous Excellence) & TPM (Total Performance Management) Manager
2008 – 2009
Nestle S.A.
Corporate Operations Senior Business Analyst
2005 – 2008
Avery Dennison
Lean Sigma Project Engineer Global Operations


1999 – 2002
Master’s degree in mechanical and electrical engineering
Exchange Student in Kansas University