Henry Stueber, Senior VP at Greene Tweed, believes today’s opportunities for manufacturing transformation represent one of the most energizing times in industrial history.
Q: What is your role and focus?
A: I am responsible for a variety of functions, including manufacturing, platform management, business development, advanced technology (R&D), projects, supply chain, marketing, quality, and process engineering. My focus is maneuvering the organization through transformation and unprecedented growth.
Q: What is the most pressing issue facing the manufacturing industry today?
A: Blending the knowledge from current successful leaders with the new skills emerging from talent that will take companies into Industry 4.0. Many senior leaders have been successful utilizing skills that fit the situation at the time. A new set of employees are entering the workforce that dissect data and disseminate information much faster. Blending the skills of the past with the speed of now, a new style work-force will emerge.
Q: What is the most important corporate initiative?
A: Factory Innovation and Technology Transformation – an initiative we call The Right FITT™. This new initiative is a five-year manufacturing strategy in line with Industry 4.0 technology and best practices. Our goal is to refocus and retool operations to better support a growing customer base and our employees as we look forward to the future.
Q: What will be the most important leadership qualities to possess in the future?
A: Urgency, accountability, and simplification, all driven by a never ending desire to learn and improve the world around you; this includes developing the next generation of leaders.
Q: What will be the greatest opportunities for manufacturers over the next five years?
A: The opportunity to transform the way we work is exciting and energizing. Major manufacturing changes are underway for only the fourth time in history. We are all fortunate to be part of this current transformation where we have the opportunity to reinvent ourselves, and our work. This transformation should energize us all.
Q: What is your favorite activity outside of work or the last book you read?
A: As a retired U.S. Naval officer, I enjoy taking time at the beach being with my family looking over the ocean. I have also enjoyed playing golf since an early age. Most recent impactful books are New Product Blueprinting by Dan Adams, Not Impossible by Mick Ebeling, and Turn the Ship Around by L. David Marquet.