Klaas van AstenDirector, LEGO Continuous Improvement – Asia Pacific
Klaas van Asten, from the Netherlands, is since mid 2016 based in Singapore at LEGO’s regional headquarter. He is heading up the LEGO Continuous Improvement (LCI) program for the Asia Pacific region which is a critical enabler for the company’s global expansion. Before he worked some years in Maersk within Process Excellence and Business Change, leading the implementation of a commercial turnaround program across the globe. Klaas has a background in Public Administration and started his career as a project manager in a public agency. Here he encountered Lean as a new and successful approach to develop an organization and its people which was not common in administrative processes. Klaas has built his Lean expertise and experience working several years for the Dutch Lean Management Institute, part of the Lean Global Network as founded by Prof. Jones and Dr. Womack. As a consultant, trainer, coach or manager he taught Lean and developed organisations from shopfloor to corporate management. So throughout his career so far he has been able to develop and proof the success of Lean in a variety of industries and processes and he has a clear view of the critical success factors in this on a global scale.
- How to optimise Organisational Effectiveness as an enabler to drive continuous business improvement
- Aligning the approach with business goals to effectively support improvement
- Measuring, tracking and benchmarking performance to maximise value creation