According to a recent article from Aviation Pros, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Johan Bank just got a promotion. The director of MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) for Air France Industries’ KLM Engine Services has recently been named to the company’s Vice President Engineering position.

Bank began his career as a flight engineer before receiving Six Sigma training that allowed him the opportunity to move to the company’s engineering and maintenance division — which employs over 14,000 people, and supports nearly 1,300 aircraft from 150 major international and domestic airlines. There, he oversaw Lean Six Sigma projects in all areas of aircraft maintenance, including components, engines and airframes. In 2007, he advanced to the director position, in charge of all production processes and the implementation of the Six Sigma methodology, the article stated. Under his tutelage, the CFM56 engine overhaul shop time was cut from 85 days to 60 days.

Bank said of his promotion that he is looking forward to offering to the position all the engineering and Six Sigma skills he has obtained over his thirty years working for the company.

Johan Bank is an example of the sort of career advancement that a trained Lean Six Sigma Black Belt can obtain. There is no doubt that Bank’s Six Sigma training and his ability to prove his skills in the workplace helped set him apart in a big company. But Bank isn’t an isolated case. All over the world, people are using their Lean Six Sigma training to improve the efficiency of the company they work for and to improve their earning power at that company.

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