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David Valentine

Vice President, Operational Excellence 

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Current Role and Professional Experience

David is an experienced Lean Six Sigma and Operational Excellence leader with over 23 years of Lean Six Sigma and Logistics experience. As a Black Belt and then Master Black Belt, David has held various roles in delivering projects and deploying Lean across organizations. In 2014 David was the Global Head of Production Systems and Continuous Improvement for Kuehne + Nagel’s contract logistics division developing a Lean and Operational Excellence culture. In 2018 he relocated to the USA and was part of the Kuehne + Nagel North America region leadership team working across Canada, US and Mexican operations.

What makes Lanter® special

"Two key things drew me to Lanter®, the first is the people and culture that the leadership team has created based firmly in the Non-Negotiables. It has created a positive “can do” culture. The second, linked to the first is a drive for positive change. I have worked in a number of companies but the drive for change at all levels within Lanter® is a rare thing, and it’s a privilege to be leading the development of the Lean strategy."


What’s important to me

“As a change leader I am passionate about seeing the effect that Lean brings to the team. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the team on the dock floor develop the lean tools and techniques and realize they are the problem solvers. This level of change has a positive effect on all of us.”



David was educated in the UK and is a Certified Lean Sigma Master Black Belt , a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) C.M.I.L.T. and a Fellow member of the Royal Society of Statistics. 

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