The Continuous Transformation Journey of an 82-Year Old, Fortune 150 Technology Company

Presenter: Mary Beth Edwards, Vice President, Global Business Operations, Arrow Electronics, Inc., Centennial, CO, USA

Keywords: Innovation, Transformation

Industry: All

Level: Intermediate


Back in 1935, Arrow Electronics operated a single, spare-radio-parts store in Manhattan. Today, it’s a $23 billion global technology-solutions provider that runs one of the largest and most complex technology supply chains in the world. Arrow has also built a highly differentiated “sensor to sunset” offering that is positioning the company to capitalize on the emerging multi-billion-dollar internet of things (IoT) market.

How did this 82-year-old technology company succeed in continuously transforming itself and staying relevant in the rapidly changing technology space of the past century, particularly when so many others failed?

In this session, hear from Arrow’s Vice President of Global Business Operations about how the company has utilized Lean Six Sigma and continuous process improvement principles to stay nimble, responsive and thinking Five Years Out throughout its storied 82-year history. Learn how Arrow rolled out LSS to enable new systems transformation and how its recent recommitment to continuous improvement has reinvigorated its people, processes and performance, and contributed to back-to-back LSS “Innovation of the Year” award wins the past two years.

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January 31, 2019
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Conference Chair's Message 

Joel Smith

Continuous Improvement is not just something a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) practitioner leads their organization in practicing, but is also a core competency of their professional makeup. That is why more and more innovative and leading companies are looking for leaders that use the LSS way of thinking in everything they do within their organization.

In this era of data science and machine learning, the ability to connect the dots for end to end solutions across the boundaries of people, process and systems is the key to success. This year’s conference is focused on making sure we are “continuing” our journey as practitioners. Whatever your level of experience, you will learn new concepts, new perspectives and network with the best in the industry.