Award Winners

Previous winners of the European Manufacturing Leadership Award & Rising Star Award

2017 Winners

European Manufacturing Leadership Award

Paul McKinlay
Vice President, Head of Broughton Plant

Paul McKinlay was appointed as the Head of the Broughton Plant for Airbus Operations in September 2010. He joined Airbus with a BSc. (Hons.) in Chemistry from the University of Manchester in 1990 as an Industrial Chemist. Paul was named Head of Operations for Long Range Wing Assembly in 2001. In 2005, Paul was named Head of HR for the Airbus Broughton Plant, a position he held for 2 years before being named Head of the Airbus’ Hawker Jet business at Broughton 2007. In 2010 he took on his current role as Head of the Broughton plant.

Airbus Broughton is a site of nearly 6,000 employees and builds the wings for the A320 family, A350 XWB, A330 and A380 aircraft. In 2017 the site will deliver 700+ sets of wings to Final Assembly lines in Europe and the US.

Paul is married with two children. A keen sports fan, Paul is Chairman of Airbus UK FC and runs half marathons for charity. He also participated in the Battlefield Cycle Ride in 2011 raising money for Help the Heroes.

European Manufacturing Rising Star Award

Luca Cesarini
World Class Manufacturing Manager

My Name is Luca Cesarini, born Viterbo, Italy in 1987.

My work experience in Maserati Modena started in 2012 in the HR office and later moved to Product Marketing where I was responsible for the product grid of Maserati Quattroporte. Later, I moved to the Manufacturing area and I reaffirmed my interest in lean production and world class manufacturing, being WCM Manager and Handling and Logistic Engineering. I was involved in the WPI of the new Jeep in the Belvidere plant (USA) and was responsible for the unification of the assembly line of Maserati Granturismo and Alfa Romeo 4c (first plant with 2 different marriage of engine). In 2017 I participated in the discovery channel TV program “supercar” for a special episode on Alfa Romeo 4C production.

I’ve spent years abroad as a footballer (professional football player in Brazil, Thailand, Jordan, Philippines and Maldives). My extensive traveling experiences has offered me opportunities to adapt to new environments. I have learned how important it is to be flexible, use my own resources and get the best out of your team mates to achieve the goals.

European Supply Chain Leadership Award

Marion Matthewman
Head of Global Logistics

Marion is the Global Head of Logistics for Syngenta and is responsible for developing and implementing the Logistics, Intercompany and Duties Strategy. The focus is on driving value, simplification, focused execution and enhancing customer experience through working and developing highly energized logistics professionals.

Previous Winners

Leadership Award - ABB 2016 Winner

Maria has lead and successfully completed FP7 LOCOMACHS Project over four years (a 32 partners European project which included the key players in the aircraft industry). The large consortium was formed with the main aeronautical companies in Europe, many SME's and research centres. Especially impressive was how Maria kept the flow of knowledge and good mood with the group and between partners. She demonstrated high organisation and leadership skills in delegating, coordinating, structuring, communication and knowing when and how to push people to really contribute is extra ordinary. Her capability to inspire and support all the partners- from OEMS to SMEs- involved is certainly one of the critical factors for the success of LOCOMACHS.She has made the project move European aerospace industry go beyond the state of the art.

Rising Star Award - WABCO Vehicle Control Systems 2016 Winner

His career and experiences are an inspiration to new talent within the organization. He has already successfully managed different teams within the WABCO company. Starting as a Quality Team Leader he was tasked with creating a new, functional Site Material Quality team. As a leader he is constantly working on self and team development resulting in motivation and a for drive results. He is open for new challenges, and proactively involves himself in new business initiatives. His team admire him and are learning leadership skills as well as understanding how to recognise the business environment. Being in his current position of Value Stream Leader he has already achieved professional success by leading a team of more than 200 people. He has a clear vision of his future career path, driving its realisation with passion.

Richard Bedford - Leadership Award 2015 Winner

Richard Bedford is the Packaging Operations Director.

Richard won the award for the transformation in performance seen at Diageo’s International Supply Center packaging divisions under his leadership.

Diageo awarded Richard the Manager of the Year in recognition of the difference he is making within the business. Not bad when you consider that world-wide, Diageo employs over 28,000 people!

Rob Karsmakers - Leadership Award 2014 Winner

Rob Karsmakers is a VP and Site Manager.

Rob took home the inaugural Leadership award for his role in saving a Philips shaver plant in Drachten that was losing its production to China. The plant changed to a 24h zero-defect factory with a huge volume flexibility and daytime engineers continuously improving the production in order to remain a learning factory.

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