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Mike Carnell

The founder of CS International, Mike Carnell, began his career in the Continuous Improvement disciplines in the early 1980’s while employed at Motorola.


Mike Carnell is President and Chief Executive Officer of CS International and President of Six Sigma Applications, and he was a founder and Co-President of Six Sigma International.  Mike began his career in Quality Assurance in 1981 while employed at Motorola.  During his twelve years at Motorola, he worked for the Government Electronics Group in Arizona and for the Automotive Group in Texas, New York and Illinois.  Following his time at Motorola, Mike worked for various multinational companies including Compaq Computer Corporation, Borg Warner, and Hi-Tech Manufacturing.


In 1995, Mike was employed by Allied Signal Automotive for a two-year period where he worked as a key consultant for their Six Sigma deployment.  In 1996, Gary Reiner, CIO of General Electric Corporation, retained Mike as a consultant reporting directly to the General Electric Corporate Leadership Team to assist in the training and deployment of Six Sigma.


During those early years of the Six Sigma industry, Mike formed alliances with other independent Six Sigma consultants and founded Six Sigma International (SSI), resulting in many successful deployments in global corporations such as  Siebe (Foxborough), GenCorp, Black and Decker, Navistar, Nokia, NEC, Libby Owens Ford, and Medtronics.   He has been instrumental in launching successful deployments at BHP Billiton Base Metals, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, RR Donnelly, Samsung, Hyundai, Acadia Polymers, Merck, Com Data and Heller Financial.  More recently, one of CS International’s deployments in South Africa at Lonmin Platinum, Plc, where they were their sole Six Sigma consultant, was recognized globally as the “Best Achievement of Six Sigma in Manufacturing” by WCBF for the second consecutive year.


Mike has published several articles in various industry publications including, “Managing a Six Sigma Pipeline”, June 2003 issue of Six Sigma Forum, and the“3.4 Defects per Million” column, for the seventh consecutive year, in the January Six Sigma Special Issue of Quality Progressmagazine for the American Society of Quality.   Mike has also published four articles on the iSixSigma website and was featured in one of the website’s “Ask the Expert” features, which can be viewed online at www.iSixSigma.com.  Mike’s book, “Leaning into Six Sigma,” was released internationally in June 2001, and it covers the subject of integrating Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma.  The book has been published by McGraw-Hill and is available in major bookstores in English  and online in Spanish and Chinese.


Mike holds a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University (ASU), is a member of the ASU Alumni Association, and a lifetime member of the National Honor Society. He has been listed in the National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals and in the International Who's Who of Professionals.




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