New England Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition

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2011 New England Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition - Keith Launchbury Bio

Keith Launchbury, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP
President of Keith Launchbury & Associates, and Past President of APICS International

Keith LaunchburyKeith Launchbury is a business educator, providing practical and innovative ideas for the improvement of business operations. He has 35 years of experience in global manufacturing, and has an extensive knowledge of supply management.

Keith obtained a Bachelor of Technology degree in Applied Physics from the University of West London (Brunel) in 1974. Since then he has concentrated on the implementation of planning and control systems in a wide range of business environments.

Initially he worked as a graduate trainee for Pirelli General in Southampton, England, specializing in method study and industrial engineering projects. In 1977, he joined Northern Telecom's Cable Division in Lachine, Québec, as a Manufacturing Systems Coordinator. In this position he worked as an educator to the MRP Project Team, developing the system requirements for MRP, specifically for the cable making operations. In 1979 he joined AES Data, initially to implement a Manufacturing System in the Terminals division in Mississauga, Ontario. In 1981, he became Manufacturing Systems Manager for the entire company, responsible for the implementation of MRP in each of the manufacturing divisions.

In 1984 he started his own group of business educators, and since that time his company has provided education, consulting and training services to over 120 companies in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Certified in three different areas of Operations & Supply Management by APICS, in the following:
 • Production and Inventory Management at the Fellow level (CFPIM), and
 • Integrated Resource Management (CIRM), as well as
 • Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) by APICS,

Also, he served as President of the Montreal Chapter of APICS in 1983. He served as the Regional Vice President of APICS for Canada (CAPIC) from 1984 to 1986, before being elected to the position of Vice President of Education Materials from 1986 to 1988. From 1988 to 1990 he served in a number of executive roles for APICS leading up to the position of International President in 1991. Also, he was also a significant contributor to the APICS Integrated Resource Management Program. He served APICS as Chair of the Curricula and Certification Council, the group that develops and administers all the certification testing , from 1995-1997.

In addition to over 25 years of experience in the planning and control of pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers (and their supply networks), he is a widely recognized and accomplished international speaker and educator at multiple conferences, seminars and APICS Chapter meetings. Also, he is outspoken on the need for a fundamental change in the nature of Business Education, and won the Toyota Prize for best paper delivered at the SAPICS conference in South Africa in 2000.

Together with Jean-Daniel Cusin, he is the co-author of the World Class Manufacturing Checklist, and the Manufacturing Application System Specification Standard. Together with Claire Bloom, he is the co-author of the Great Organization, Smart Worker; Super Culture; Vital Customer Service; Prime Technology and Power Teams Checklists, and co-developer of The "Marketing Game and the "Manufacturing Simulation Game.

In addition, he has developed several educational games to teach business concepts, and is also the author of two business education courses. In 2010, he wrote a book about the need for business process improvement in health care. Keith is actively involved in the Bio/Pharma Supply Management Alliance, and is a member of the Talent Development Sub Committee.


How to Develop the Talents Necessary for the Future Leaders of Bio Supply Networks

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