Ken Branco

Ken is an accomplished practitioner in the development and implementation of Lean Sigma Enterprises. His experiences span the complete Enterprise, from Sales to Accounts Receivable. In his 30+ years of business experience (15 in consulting and training), Ken has provided management, leadership, consulting and training to dozens of Enterprises, hundreds of teams, and several thousand individuals. His consulting career has spanned Enterprises from 20 people to the Fortune 50. Ken has deep and varied Lean Sigma experience in readiness assessment, transformation plan development, plant and office layout, work analysis and balancing, constraint identification and removal, business process redesign, Kaizen, setup reduction, materials, individual and organizational development. His industry experience includes aerospace and defense, automotive, legal firms, electronics, machining, metal casting and rolling, woodworking, pharmaceuticals, glass, power plants and health care. Ken has led projects resulting in lead time reductions of 50+ %, productivity improvements of 40%, business process improvements of 50%, and space reductions of 60%. Ken is highly regarded for his teaching and mentoring skills. He has consistently been among the top rated instructors in large engagements. Ken has taught and/or mentored Lean Sigma students in Asia, Australia, South and North America. Many of these engagements are comprised of students from multiple countries and cultures.

Ken’s areas of expertise are:

  • Manufacturing and Automation Engineering
  • Synchronous Manufacturing
  • Time Based Management
  • Information Systems, and Management
  • Production and Inventory Management
  • Total Quality, Organizational Systems Design
  • Lean, Six Sigma in non manufacturing businesses – health care, professional services, education

Professional Background:

  • Owner, R.E.V.V. International
  • co-founder of Lean Sigma Institute with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association
  • Managing Consultant, Time Based Management, ABB
  • Director, Manufacturing Systems, Combustion Engineering
  • Manager, Integrated Programs, Motorola Codex
  • Principal Engineer, Manufacturing Technology, Codex

Publications Ken Has Authored Several Articles and Two Books:

  • PowerTools! Volume One: Collaboration and Teamwork (1995)
  • PowerTools! Volume Two: Turning Problems into Profits (1995)
  • Bubble Bursting (article, Executive Excellence, 1996)
  • Making Traffic Flow I and II: Implementing the Technical and Social sides of Lean (articles, Valve Magazine 2000)

Education and Associations:

  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Massachusetts at North Dartmouth
  • Member of APICS, and the Connecticut Business and Industry Association
  • In 2000, Ken was the only non-member to be awarded the Valve Manufacturers Association Special Service Award. This prestigious award is given to individuals who demonstrate exceptional value to the organization over a period of years.