Claisse Named Vice President, Operational Excellence, for ABB Automation Technologies, Low-Voltage Drives, in North America

  • January 31, 2005
  • ABB
  • News
NEW BERLIN, Wis., January 31, 2004 - Luc Claisse has been named vice president, Operational Excellence, for ABB Automation Technologies, Low-Voltage Drives in North America, according to Rick Hepperla, sr. vice president and general manager of ABB Low-Voltage Drives. Claisse will oversee all manufacturing operations, supply chain and customer delivery processes for ABB's drives factory operations in New Berlin, Wisconsin, and Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He will be responsible for Operational Excellence programs at these facilities, including capacity planning, productivity improvements, process re-engineering, Lean Manufacturing, production flow, customer configuration and logistics, said Hepperla. The programs will further optimize production and output from the manufacturing facilities, which supply drive products throughout North America.Claisse joined ABB in Quebec, Canada in 1985 in a management role related to the manufacturing of high-pressure components for nuclear boilers. During his career, he has held operations management roles, including: process re-engineering; master planning concepts, tools and implementation; production management; various special projects; and participation in the ERP implementation team (SAP) for 4 different locations in Canada. His experience includes roles in several ABB divisions, and operational facilities in Sherbrooke, Lasalle and Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Claisse began his career in 1976. In 2002, Claisse was named manufacturing operations manager of the Drives, Power Electronics and Mines Systems business at ABB Power Products Division in Ville St-Laurent. Here, under his leadership, the operations team developed and implemented new standard manufacturing processes for the production of non-standard products, resulting in dramatic improvements of cycle times and overall capacity without capital investment. These achievements led to an Excellence Award from ABB Inc. in 2004, among the most distinguished awards possible within the company.Claisse holds a degree in business management from the University of Montreal.ABB Inc., Automation Technologies, Low-Voltage Drives, is the world's largest manufacturer of electric motors and drives. In the USA, an integrated channel of sales representatives, distributors, and system integrators allow ABB, New Berlin, Wisconsin, to supply a complete line of energy-efficient electric drives, motors and engineered drive systems to a wide range of industrial and commercial customers. Products manufactured include AC variable speed drives for electric motors from 1/8th through 135,000 HP, large AC machines and drives, medium-voltage drives, power electronics and rectifier systems, AC & DC motors, and application-specific drive system solutions to meet diverse customer needs.ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 115,000 people. The company's North American operation represents 25 percent of the global market for ABB products and services employ about 10,500 personnel in manufacturing and services at 20 locations.Please visit

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