Gérard VANN is a Cambodian-born, Swiss citizen who holds an Engineering Master degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) as well as a PMP certification (Project Management Professional) from PMI which is the most important industry-recognized certification for Project Managers.
Gérard has dedicated 28 years to the Nestlé group worldwide in the fields of Project Management and Food Manufacturing Operation. His main activities included the management of large projects and the management of manufacturing units as Head of Engineering and as Factory Manager. For the past six years, as part of the Nestlé Corporate PMO (Project Management Office), Gérard has developed and provided Project Management methodologies, training, coaching and assessment aligned with PMI for large investment projects worldwide.
He has also acquired a deep Continuous Improvement mindset thanks to his knowledge of TPM and Lean approaches applied to manufacturing and construction (TPM Early Management, Lean for construction, line efficiency optimization, SMED, 5S, etc.)
Moreover, Gérard has a passion for leadership and people development through his experience of managing multicultural production units ranging from 60 to 400 people, mostly in Asia and Europe.