Chief Learning Officer
As a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Demetrios (Demetri) Venetis has extensive experience in Lean Six Sigma from both hands on implementation to a theoretical research point of view. He has taught over one hundred Six Sigma Black Belts, as well as scores of Six Sigma Green Belts. He has been the primary coach on over 150 Six Sigma projects. Many of the individual projects have had positive financial impacts of tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars each. He has mentored and coached other Six Sigma Black Belts who then taught and mentored their own Six Sigma Green Belts and manage the Six Sigma program in their respective facilities.
Demetri has taught over one hundred Lean Sigma Champions, Lean Facilitators, and Business Process Improvement Facilitators. Many of the trained facilitators for example, have cut their lead times in half in manufacturing facilities or business processes. He has developed, implemented, and train-the-trainer on a thorough Employee Empowerment and Problem Solving Program (often referred to as the Yellow Belt Program) that has taught hundreds of front-line associates, across multiple facilities, on different continents. This program accelerated the adoption of Lean from the bottom up, as well as across the organization.
Over the past twenty years, Demetri has implemented and taught a wide array of Operational Excellence programs, such as Lean, Six Sigma, and Hoshin Kanri, as well as Management, Leadership, and Team Development. He has implemented many integrated training programs, corporate universities, and learning management systems (LMS) in several organizations. These learning systems enabled the rapid execution of strategy, and ultimately used Learning as a Competitive and Strategic Weapon.
He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Plastics Engineering from University of Lowell (now UMass Lowell), a Master of Business Administration from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and invested two years in a Ph.D. in Business Management (incomplete), with a research focus on Strategy and Venture Creation, from the University of Connecticut.
Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt