Rethinking Manufacturing Processes to Improve Changeovers

  • Discussing the challenges inherent in manufacturing L’Oreal’s wide range of products that are constantly evolving to meet the needs of consumers
  • Imagining a world where changing from one product to another involved zero changeover in infrastructure and where facilities and systems continually reinvent themselves rather than grow outdated
  • Making innovation one of our core values: What do we need to do in terms of people, processes, and technologies to transform the way we make our products?
  • Showcasing our progress so far, discussing next steps, and offering ideas that other manufacturers can take away from our experience to date

Sergio Huerga
VP Performance Improvement & Engineering
L’Oreal USA

Sergio Huerga has successfully led transformational changes in supply chain, increased profitability and operational efficiency, and increased productivity at leading global organizations such as Procter & Gamble, Kraft Foods and L’Oreal.

Currently, he is leading manufacturing transformation initiatives at L’Oreal North Americas. His team works with internal and external partners to design flexible equipment capable of adapting to frequent product changes. They also leverage LEAN and industry 4.0 methodology to bring ‘Connected Lines’ and ‘Connected Operators’ visions to life. The combination of these initiatives is increasing the company’s agility to embrace consumer-centricity.

Prior to his current role, Sergio built more than 20 years of experience in international roles. He led manufacturing, engineering, maintenance, operational excellence and other operations functions. Sergio began his career as IT manager with P&G, in Argentina.

Sergio holds a BS degree from the Universidad de Rosario (Argentina) in Electronics Engineering and an Executive Coach for Leadership certification from the Universidad Adolfo Ibanez (Chile).

Sergio, his wife and two children reside in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.