Kansas City, Mo. – January 10, 2011 – PAS Technologies Inc. has hired Dennis J. Orzel to the newly-created position of Chief Operating Officer. This action further aligns PAS Technologies’ senior leadership team with the company’s global strategic initiative to be the industry leader who provides the best delivery times, quality and customer satisfaction. Mr. Orzel will report to Phil Milazzo, President and CEO. He will be located in the company’s headquarters based in North Kansas City, Missouri.
Mr. Orzel will have responsibility for day-to-day operations of the company’s seven facilities across three countries focused on the aerospace, defense, industrial gas turbine, and high-performance oilfield markets. These responsibilities include overseeing the plant operating functions, environmental health and safety, quality systems, engineering, procurement, logistics, new product development platforms, and lean initiatives.
“Our operations and business processes must continue to be competitive advantages that help us meet customer needs and improve our operating and financial performance,” said Phil Milazzo, President and CEO of PAS Technologies. “Dennis has a terrific track record in increasing efficiency and productivity. As Chief Operating Officer, I am confident Dennis will help us leverage our service, operations, and technology platforms for future growth.”
Mr. Orzel said, “I am truly honored to be joining PAS Technologies and look forward to working with everyone at the Company as we continue to drive performance improvements while adding new products and services for our customers. I am particularly excited about getting out and meeting our plant employees and leadership teams to learn more from them, and the customers, as I immerse myself in our product offering to realize the full potential of our ability to serve our customers.”
Mr. Orzel joins PAS Technologies from Triumph Aerostructures Vought Integrated Programs Division where he served most recently as President. Mr. Orzel joined Vought Aircraft Industries in August 2006 as Vice President of Manufacturing Operations where he championed Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma as core strategies in driving operational improvements.
Prior to joining Vought, Mr. Orzel served as Vice President for Operations and Distribution for the Transportation Division of Exide Technologies Corporation, where he was responsible for production planning, manufacturing, distribution, transportation and logistics. At Exide, he led efforts to restructure the operational footprint, reduce finished goods inventory and increase plant productivity through the utilizations of lean tools and methodologies.
With more than 30 years of business operations experience, Mr. Orzel spent the majority of his career with Pratt & Whitney. During this time he held many positions with increasing responsibilities including General Manager of the Turbine Module Center. Prior to that, he served as Plant Manager for the Pratt & Whitney North Haven Facility where the plant’s success was chronicled in James P. Womack’s best-selling book, Lean Thinking.
Mr. Orzel earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Central Connecticut State University. He also completed the Executive Education Program from the Darden School of Management.
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