subject matter experts

Lakshmi Vempati
SME - Automobile and ancillary

Lakshmi Vempati is an Electrical Engineer with international expertise in business development, engine launches, and plant facilities management. She has over 15 years of experience in automotive industry in the US where a majority of the career was at Ford Motor Company. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt from Ford. Her specialties include Ford Production System, Process Focused Leadership, Lean Manufacturing Principles, Global Manufacturing as well as Procurement Strategies, Continuous Improvement Systems as well as Global Engineering Management. She has expertise in Machining and Engine Assembly; Value Stream Mapping, Engine launches, program planning and implementation. Lakshmi is a highly rated Associate Director at SSA and has regularly conducted courses on topics ranging from Lean Six Sigma to Business Process Re-engineering. She has a B.Tech in Electrical/Electronics Engineering from NIT, Calicut and MS in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, AL,USA.

CN Murthy
SME - Flexible packaging technology

Mr. Murthy earned his B.Tech in Mechanical engineering from IIT Kharagpur and is a privileged Member of the Indian Institution of Engineers. He has nearly 40 years experience working with companies like ITC and The Paper Products Ltd. He has held Board level positions as Executive Director & COO for Huhtamaki-PPL. He also has over 15+ years experience in Plant and manufacturing Operations, in implementing quality management systems, benchmarking and setting up of world class manufacturing practices like Lean manufacturing, Six sigma, TQM, and TPM. As Associate Director at SSA, CN plays a pivotal role in service delivery for several key accounts. As a Lean Six Sigma Master Black belt, he manages some of the SSA’s premier most clients, helping them in end-to-end deployment of various strategic and tactical interventions.

Mr. Venkateswara Rao
SME - Heat treatment and metal joining

Mavoori earned his B.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (1966). He has over 30 years of industrial experience in light and heavy engineering industries in India, Saudi Arabia, and the USA holding several senior positions plus approx. 10 years in freelance consultancy. His computer software skills include in-depth knowledge of RDBMS (Oracle), ERP (PeopleSoft), Adobe CS3 Suite. His areas of expertise include - materials engineering, process development (metal joining - including high beam energy welding processes, brazing; heat treatment, induction hardening, surface coating technologies - vacuum metalizing, titanium nitride coating, plasma spray, electron beam, thermal spray alloy powder depositions to improve resistance against wear, fatigue, and corrosion), continuous process improvements, failure analysis, implementation of TQM and Kaizen techniques. He is a subject matter expert in welding technology and one of the very key associates of SSA.