Delaware Chapter, ASA

Dinner Meeting: November 2008

Notice: Our meetings again are located at the Blue and Gold Club Tavern on the University of Delaware campus.

Speaker: Don R. Linsenmann
Vice President - Business Process Excellence: DuPont Six Sigma


Whether your Company is transforming to a more customer focused organization, a more engaged organization, a more process driven organization, a more profitable organization, or a growth organization, the underpinnings of Six Sigma can enable the change. The ability to "ADAPT" is the key. As companies mature in their thinking, Six Sigma moves from the tool space, through the methodology space, into the business strategy space. The history of DuPont Six Sigma, its current state, and possibilities for future adaptations will be presented.


Don R. Linsenmann is vice president - Business Process Excellence and corporate champion - DuPont Six Sigma, with global responsibility for the deployment of Six Sigma into all of the DuPont businesses. Six Sigma is the DuPont business improvement process. DuPont started their Six Sigma journey, corporately, in 1999 and Mr.Linsenmann is the first and only Champion for the corporation. He led the development of Six Sigma from a cost reduction program, through a productivity effort, evolving to a top line growth strategy, to finally a business improvement process. DuPont has validated over $2 billion in Six Sigma benefits from this initiative.

Prior to his current appointment in 1999, Mr. Linsenmann had several business responsibilities at DuPont. He led the Industrial Nylon business during a time of transformation to a truly global enterprise. He was then appointed the managing director of Lycra (European), and ran that business while living in Geneva, Switzerland. Subsequently, Mr Linsenmann was CEO of two wholly owned subsidiary companies of DuPont. Mr. Linsenmann came to DuPont in 1984 with the acquisition of Exxon Enterprise Materials Division, where he was the leader of a high-tech materials business.

Mr. Linsenmann received a bachelor's of mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware in 1972. He went on to receive a master's in mechanical and aerospace engineering, also from Delaware in 1974. In 1980, Mr. Linsenmann received his master's in business administration from Duke University concentrating in marketing.

He has been an industry spokesperson regarding Six Sigma having keynoted several international conferences, such as the American Society of Quality. In 2006, Mr. Linsenmann co-authored a book entitled: The Six Sigma Fieldbook, How DuPont Successfully Implemented the Six Sigma Breakthrough Management Strategy.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2008

Social hour -- 6:00 pm
Dinner -- 6:30 pm
Speaker -- 7:15 pm

Blue and Gold Club Tavern
University of Delaware   Directions/Map

Entree: Buffet or order from menu -- depending on attendance
Cost: $25 for members, $15 for students
Or pay for your meal from the menu + $5.00.


Reservations to: 

Irina Baldytcheva by Wednesday, November 19, 2008.
Phone: 302-885-9136
Email: Irina Baldytcheva.

Please note: Be sure to RSVP by this date.

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