Mae Zyjewski
Senior Director, Global Advanced Manufacturing
Whirlpool Corporation
Benton Harbor, MI

"I‘m passionate about manufacturing because that is where it all comes together - a great product design, solid manufacturing processes, and product engineering comes to life at the hands of many dedicated, hardworking people. Knowing the product goes into a consumer’s home and makes a difference in someone’s life is rewarding.”

Since 2009, Mae has played a key leadership role in creating the function of Global Advanced Manufacturing as a new capability at Whirlpool Corporation, which is revolutionizing the way the company gains leverage across the global manufacturing footprint. Besides providing early input to product development teams, Mae has led groups that have generated bottom line cost savings of up to $20M/yr by implementing new process technologies and developing optimized manufacturing processes (also called Bills of Process or BoP). She played a significant role in helping BoP's become accepted as the global standard within Whirlpool manufacturing and continues to provide solutions based upon optimized cost, productivity, rational capital investment, equipment flexibility, and re-configurability. Mae and her team have made a real impact to the productivity of the business in every region.
 
As a result of her success, Mae was recently charged with full leadership accountability for the global Advanced Manufacturing team and is tasked with identifying and integrating leading process technologies to achieve consistent, global manufacturing excellence.
 
A strategic leader, with the ability to deliver targeted, visible results, Mae is able to connect the company strategy with her functional team goals in such a way that her process engineers remain focused in helping the factories reach higher levels of efficiency. Her transparent communication style keeps the results visible during the implementation phase as she provides knowledge transfer and support with subject matter experts. The value-creating results delivered in each Advanced Manufacturing partnership are the basis for future enterprise opportunities that deliver an even stronger global impact to Whirlpool. She is a truly outstanding leader who is respected throughout the business.

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