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State Of Readiness

Jul 22, 2019

I welcome Stephane Jeanmart, Chemistry Operational Excellence Lead at Syngenta, a global agrochemical business headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.  In this episode, Stephane shares his journey from being formally trained in Chemistry, a discipline of predictable outcomes governed by formulas and exactness, to a less exact discipline that is Operational Excellence which is largely about people.

Syngenta was formed from the spin-off of a portion of the agrichemical businesses of Novartis and Astra-Zeneca.  Joining Syngenta post-formation, Stephane shares his experience in seeing the cultures of two different companies evolve into the single culture that is Syngenta.  We also discuss the importance of teamwork, some resources and models that helped in the understanding of building teams, and what is necessary to create high-performance teams

Host: Joseph Paris, Founder of the;  XONITEK Group of Companies,  Operational Excellence Society & Readiness Institute

Guest: Stephane Jeanmart

About Sephane Jeanmart
Stephane Jeanmart obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Namur, Belgium.  He received his Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from the same university. After 18 months of a postdoctoral position at the University of York, U.K., he joined Syngenta UK as a team leader.  In 2009, he moved within the same company to Switzerland where he occupied different managerial positions and led several OpEx projects/initiatives.  In 2018, he moved full time to the operational excellence department and he is currently Chemistry Operational Excellence Lead.He is self-learner in Operational Excellence, fascinated by the concepts but having never earned any formal “belt” certifications.  He understands that it might be a weakness, but he also considers it a strength because he had to use his critical thinking skills to make his own opinion on each problem he faced; not hesitant to collaborate, ask for help, and seek the wisdom of others.  


About Syngenta
Headquarters; Basel, Switzerland
Year founded; 2000
Company type; Agrochemical
Company size; 27,000+ employees
Specialties; Crop Protection, Lawn, and Garden Products, Seeds, and Flowers