"Ishan has been a great colleague to work with. He has an amazing work ethic, great presentation skills and ability to facilitate large group work sessions to consensus and synergy. He is a very dependable, candid with his views, has a very good style of explaining concepts to all levels of management, convincing them and obtaining their buy in.
Ishan's leadership and congenial personality were appreciated in helping the Global Kellogg Work Systems (KWS) team to develop the overall roadmap from inception. He not only represented the Asia Pacific region on the Global (KWS) Leadership Center of Excellence (COE), but also headed up the Global KWS Continuous Improvement Center of Excellence (COE) and was instrumental in developing the initial global CI framework with a cross representation of global SMEs. He played a key role in deploying KWS in the Asia Pacific region in collaboration with the regional Supply Chain Directors. Ishan is that guy who understands the process than most. I do not hesitate to highly recommend Ishan and his work."
"I had the pleasure of working with Ishan almost 10 years ago, at a time when great change was needed within Campbell Arnotts. He has a real passion for driving improvement and through this coupled with his skill, work ethic, communication and approachable manner he was able to drive significant lasting improvement in our flagship operation.
Ishan has a great understanding of how culture, strategy, systems and structure interact to drive sustainable continuous improvement within an organisation. Over the 10 years I have known Ishan what impresses me the most is his personal courage to pursue his passions and expand his own capabilities. I have watched as the seeds of this passion took root 10 years ago shaping his development into a world class expert in driving sustaining change within an organisation."
"Ishan has been an effective leader in thought and in process for the Kellogg Company. I had the privilege of working directly with Ishan while I served as the Director of Supply Chain, Africa. Ishan served as a lean Process Facilitator, Strategic Planning Coach and Tactical Execution Mentor.
As a Process Facilitator, Ishan possesses the unique skill-set of connecting with people on a very personal level. Specifically, the South African workforce posed a challenging cultural environment which Ishan overcame through his strong people skills. Ishan spent countless hours teaching individuals, small focus groups and large work teams across all shifts to ensure a consistent and collaborative message was shared. Ishan has the ability to speak and relate to all levels of the organization from production floor operators to Senior Vice Presidents. Ishan is able to clearly link the overall business objectives to the Continuous Improvement plans that a facility has in place.
As a Strategic Planning Coach, Ishan helped me to develop our roadmap by thinking strategically while taking a balanced approach of short-term and long-term views when solving for our "critical business need". Ishan is able to utilize information from a wide range of sources to see patterns and connections across data and trends. Ishan helped to refine the vision that transcended all levels of the organization
As a Tactical Execution Mentor, Ishan leveraged his strong understanding of lean manufacturing tools and sustainability program knowledge of the overall business to drive change. Ishan is a change leader. He thinks creatively to develop new ideas and solutions to relevant business opportunities and challenges. He responds positively to change and energizes others to embrace change.
I highly recommend Ishan to any organization looking for excellence in leadership."
"Ishan worked for me for a period of six months. His mandate was simple – implement a continuous improvement program to help increase efficiencies in our operation. Ishan developed a framework and implemented it in two of our capacity constrained lines. Ishan's strength was identifying the process constraints and resolving them by bringing out the best of the particular teams. Ishan's approach was simple – harness people's knowledge and optimise the process. Within a period of four-five months, we saw a significant improvement in the two areas. With his amicable and professional approach Ishan worked well with all levels of the organisation. I have no doubt that Ishan would add value in delivering Continuous Improvement programs to any organization."
"Ishan has a demonstrated a great expertise on Operational Excellence Programs, leading work systems implementation and improvement. Besides the technical skills, his leadership drive and people oriented soft skills balance the change process required to produce great results through people."
â€œIshan is knowledgeable in the process of Change Management in both the manufacturing and service environments. I had the pleasure of working with Ishan in our Kellogg South Africa plant for over 4 years and have benefited from his excellent understanding of continuous improvement/lean principles. He has the ability to face changing priorities and challenging situations head on. He is a skilled leadership coach and has the ability to create passion and energy with people that he interacts with.
Ishan is a person that can be relied upon, relentless, always willing to do what is needed and what is right. He will add tremendous value to any person or organization that he partners with and personally. I would not hesitate to work with him should the opportunity arise in the future."
"In 2012 CCI invited Ishan to present at our ASPAC TRACC Conference in Beijing, China. At the time he was a leading the Kellogg's WCO programme in Australia, a global initiative launched by the US cereals giant to implement and systematize world class operations. As a speaker, Ishan impressed with his engaging style and his unbridled passion for building strong systems to accelerate world class competitiveness. Our conference was certainly enhanced by his informative and dynamic presentation, drawing upon his considerable expertise and experience in the field of Lean and Operational Excellence."
"Ishan is a fantastic leader that consistently follows his passion for developing people through strong processes. Ishan is a broad thinker that has tremendous capability in developing systems. He guides teams under a cohesive vision, with an unwavering focus for delivering enhanced business results.
I had the privilege of working with Ishan to develop the Global Leadership Center for Kellogg's. This opportunity allowed me to gauge the deep expertise Ishan has in his field, as well as the fantastic ability he has to integrate multi-functional teams at all levels of the organization."
"I have had the pleasure of working with Ishan to implement Kellogg Work System (KWS) program at Kellogg India manufacturing facilities. Ishan builds trust, relationships and treats everyone with dignity & respect. He listens and communicates very effectively. I have seen Ishan positively leveraging different perspectives to create open two-way partnerships where parties can agree to disagree, yet commit to the outcome. This has been critical when dealing with many individuals with lot of experience and expertise. With his inputs and coaching, it has helped me to implement KWS program effectively in India. I will definitely miss a mentor like you who has always inspired me & others to do better and better. All the very best to you."
"I worked with Ishan during the initial development and implementation of the Kellogg's global improvement program (KWS).
During this time I found Ishan to be both knowledgeable and articulate on technical and soft skills development and deployment. In particular his involvement with the Continuous Improvement Centre of Excellence and Leadership Centre of Excellence was very positive and led us to develop better more focused processes, tools and trainings for implementation.
Ishan is a great presenter and brings individuals into the conversation through direct involvement and some wonderful icebreakers that keep the pace of sessions just right.
It was a pleasure to work with Ishan and I would do so again in future with no hesitation."
"I have known Ishan for 8 years and worked with him at two different manufacturing sites for Campbell Arnotts.
Firstly Ishan is a great guy, we have become good friends and he is someone I can trust implicitly. He is loyal, intelligent and a great friend.
At work I saw two sides of Ishan, firstly, I saw Ishan as a Continuous Improvement (CI) leader who created a vision and lead a site on a lean journey. He helped people (including myself) understand CI terminology and educated a whole site in how to make CI happen.
Secondly, I saw Ishan as a Manufacturing Manager who bought CI to life and empowered a team to make a difference. Ishan developed new leaders and involved the whole team to improve the results on a manufacturing line that was very complex.
During both these working experiences Ishan was a calm influence who always appeared in control even under extreme pressure at times.
Ishan is a natural leader and coach. I am excited to see Ishan take on this new opportunity and I'm sure he will be very successful."
"I had the distinct privilege of partnering with Ishan during my two years at the Kellogg Company. Ishan was a phenomenal partner that brought that unique mix of technical skills and unbridled energy necessary to facilitate change in any organization.
During the early development of Kellogg's supply chain work system (KWS), Ishan was instrumental in helping develop the strategic direction and practical tools for the groups focused on Continuous Improvement, Leadership, and Autonomous Maintenance. Equally at home in the board room or the manufacturing floor, Ishan eagerly engaged all levels of the organization with anecdotes, personal stories, and practical examples that enabled his audience to understand the vision of how the work system would create value for the organization.
As a competent planner, Ishan could be counted on to facilitate organization design meetings that ranged from global conferences in Manchester, England, to smaller conference calls and web presentations. Ishan could be counted on to be clear, concise, and in control whether in person or over the phone.
It was a honour to work with Ishan and look forward to the day that our paths will cross again."
"Ishan has played a key role in building continuous improvement capabilities in the Asia Pacific region.
I have had the opportunity to ask for his assistance to carry out a root cause analysis for a complex situation in one of our facilities. Ishan showed great tenacity and navigated through ambiguity and complex situation to identify root causes. Throughout the process, he showed great professionalism and guided the team collaboratively to develop pragmatic solutions to the issues identified.
I can summarize Ishan as a Subject Matter Expert professional with a collaborative approach who can develop pragmatic and win-win solutions."
"I worked with Ishan during his time at Kellogg's, collaborating to ensure that concepts & processes introduced through the Kellogg Supply Chain Operational Excellence Program were working consistently across the Asia Pacific region.
Ishan is passionate about building strong systems to drive continuous improvement and is an enthusiastic and committed team player. Also noteworthy is Ishan's willingness to turn his hand to any new challenge and commitment to continuous learning."
"Under Ishan's leadership, I worked on the initial development of Kellogg's Continuous Improvement Center of Excellence (COE) work system. Ishan led this global, diverse, cross-functional team creating direction and driving alignment in completing this work. Moreover, Ishan was able to anticipate and manage risks encountered during implementation. I look forward to an opportunity to work with Ishan again, "if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.""
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Ishan has a demonstrated a great expertise on Operational Excellence Programs, leading work systems implementation and improvement. Besides the technical skills, his leadership drive and people oriented soft skills balance the change process required to produce great results through people.
In 2012 CCI invited Ishan to present at our ASPAC TRACC Conference in Beijing, China. At the time he was a leading the Kellogg’s WCO programme in Australia, a global initiative launched by the US cereals giant to implement and systematize world class operations. As a speaker, Ishan impressed with his engaging style and his unbridled passion for building strong systems to accelerate world class competitiveness. Our conference was certainly enhanced by his informative and dynamic presentation, drawing upon his considerable expertise and experience in the field of Lean and Operational Excellence.
Under Ishan’s leadership, I worked on the initial development of Kellogg’s Continuous Improvement Center of Excellence (COE) work system. Ishan led this global, diverse, cross-functional team creating direction and driving alignment in completing this work. Moreover, Ishan was able to anticipate and manage risks encountered during implementation. I look forward to an opportunity to work with Ishan again, “if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
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