Panel: Looking Backwards, Looking Forwards —How Did the Last Two Years Change Us?

  • How has working through a global pandemic impacted the way we do business?
  • Taking stock of how we changed and why we changed. What are some of the net positives? What are some of the things where we do want to return to how things used to be?
  • Reviewing where our organizations were five years ago and where we planned to be today, how much has COVID-19 changed the trajectory of our journeys?
  • What are some of the lessons learned that we plan to take with us into the future?
  • Are manufacturing leaders stronger for this experience? Where do we go from here?


Jill Redmon
EVP Safety, Regulatory, Environmental & Quality
Westinghouse Electric Company

Jill Redmon is the Executive Vice President for Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety for Westinghouse Electric LLC. In this role, Jill has overall accountability for Quality, Nuclear Safety Culture, Industrial Safety, Employee Concerns Program, Human Performance, Supplier Quality, Continuous Improvement, as well as Regulatory Affairs, Environmental Affairs, Sustainability and Occupational Health.

Prior to her current roles, Jill has held senior leadership positions in Quality, Reliability and EHS in industrial organizations, regulated industries and the automotive sector. Having started her career as an engineer at Ford Motor Company, Jill went on to lead large-scale global quality and safety improvement programs for several large multinational companies, based both in the United States and in Europe, including Visteon, Borg Warner, Ecolab, Mann + Hummel and Lear Corporation.

Jill earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan. She also has extensive experience in supplier management, product design and development, manufacturing engineering and business transformation. She resides in West Bloomfield, Michigan with her husband, Keith. She has two sons and two stepsons and is passionate about traveling around the world with her family.


John Haselrig
VP Specialty Operations, GN Specialty Operations
Glanbia Nutritionals

John Haselrig is currently VP of Specialties Operations at Glanbia Foods. His previous roles include VP of Operations and Development at Meijer Foods, Regional VP of Mid-West operations in The Coca- Cola Company, Plant Manager in Diamond Crystal Inc, Multiple leadership roles on the local and regional level across Operations and Supply Chain at The Frito-Lay company and 10 Years as an Officer in the US Army where he qualified and served as an Airborne Ranger. During his career he has been responsible for multiple sites with end to end focus from procurement to the consumer shelf. He also has significant international operational experience with areas of responsibility in Asia, Latin America and Europe over the course of his career.

Will Wootton
VP Operations
Intermountain Nutrition

Experience from several different fields; Oil and gas, manufacturing, health care, pharma, education. Practitioner of Operational Excellence, Problem Solving, Organizational Transformation, and Personal Development. Love challenging the status quo, helping teams and individuals to grow, and connecting purpose to improving lives.

Gustavo Lage
Sr. Director, Enterprise Operational Excellence

Gustavo Lage is the Senior Director of Operational Excellence, Process and Leadership Excellence for Medtronic Inc.

In this role, Gustavo provides leadership and strategic direction to Capture, design and standardize the “one best way” (1BW) methodology steps and tools that establish the holistic operational excellence program Medtronic Performance System and translate the Process Excellence 1BW into training content that enables the organization to achieve in practice the common language, common process by aligning leadership behaviors to the desired OPEX culture

Gus has over 20 years of experience in OpEx and manufacturing management. He is a proven leader with exceptional business acumen and leadership skills demonstrated in large manufacturing settings in the automotive, medical, advanced manufacturing, aerospace, and defense industries.

Before joining Medtronic in 2019, Gus served as Vice President of Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement for Novanta, where he led the creation and set the direction of the company’s operating system through the implementation of existing continuous improvement methodologies and the development of Novanta-specific principles and processes. He also was responsible for leading the operational excellence activities and synergies for the United Technologies – Rockwell Collins acquisition, and the incorporation of both business systems. The acquisition is the largest in the history of aerospace and defense industries (30bn USD) incorporating over 50 manufacturing facilities worldwide and 16000 operations related personnel.

Gus has master’s degrees in Science and Analytics from Villanova University and Business Administration from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Systems Engineering from Monterrey Institute of Technology. He is also a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Gus and his family reside in Littleton, Massachusetts.

Sergio Loureiro
VP, Core Operations | Cloud Operations + Innovation

Sergio is VP, Core Operations, Microsoft CO+I, driving global growth of the Azure Cloud. He oversees global End-to-End Data Center Delivery, EH&S, Physical Security, Governance, Risk Management, Resilience, Business Continuity, Assurance, Compliance, Learning & Development, Sustainability and Community Development. Prior, Sergio was VP, Operations, Carrier Global Corporation, leading Global Operations, responsible for Global Supply Chain, Logistics, Manufacturing operations, Quality, EH&S, and Product Safety to improve operational efficiency across the entire footprint. Sergio was VP Global Supply Chain, VP Manufacturing Operations & Assembly, VP Capacity and Materials Planning, VP Supplier Quality and VP Strategic Sourcing at Raytheon Technologies – Pratt & Whitney, where he assured quality, delivery, capacity expansion and cost performance and secured more than $21 billion in supplier contracts.

Martin Venegas
Director Manufacturing Monterrey
The Hershey Company

I am an endless learner with 15-years of experience in global food & beverages companies, helping Supply Chain, Manufacturing & Engineering teams to unleash people potential for value creation. I believe in a people-first culture to provide a safe environment to learn and develop.