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Martin Staples


Martin Staples is a senior executive leader and change facilitator with over 27 years of global business experience (14 years working/living internationally). He has been successful in planning and leading change, developing management teams, designing organizations and executing global operational and facility strategies. He has led organizations in Asia, Europe, and North America.

He gained experience in medium and large companies in various industries and business models during his career. He also consulted and mentored early stage start-up businesses. With Emerson Electric, he worked in nine different businesses, where he served in roles such as General Manager, Vice President of Operations, VP of Shared Services, VP of Operational Development, VP of Manufacturing and Financial Controller. He had 6 years of P&L responsibility and over 12 years designing and running multi plant location operations. He started developing his leadership skills early on as a Naval Aviation Officer.

Martin was frequently called in to help underperforming operations improve and is adept at assessing underlying strategic or business process issues. He adds value through his process orientation and broad understanding of what drives a successful business. With his people focus he quickly gains people’s confidence and gets the most out of his teams. He uses people, process, structure and organization skills to drive results and is a student of continuous improvement, lean manufacturing and Gemba training.

He has an MBA from Washington University (St. Louis) a Master of Science from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and a Bachelor of Science from University of Missouri-Rolla. In addition, he has numerous continuing education credits from both Emerson (who is renowned for their CE Curriculum) and other organizations, including the Toyota Master Class and Gemba Training with Lean Institute.


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