The Economic Times Factory of the Future Summit 2020


Speaker Profile

Ashit Saxena

Associate Partner – Performance Improvement

Relevant Professional experience:

Workstream lead for a large FMCG major – Client is one of the largest FMCG companies of India having multiple plants across India and a few globally. The project involved identifying the key levers for cost reduction at two of the largest locations at two sites that involved multiple products. Total financial benefits identified were in excess of INR 15 crs.


LSS SME for EBIDTA Improvement for a leading auto component firm – Client is a leading manufacturer and Tier 1 supplier for major Indian auto OEMs. The project involved leveraging Lean & Six Sigma toolkit to identify NVAs within the value chain and improve the process & financial performance. Major levers addressed Quality rejections, throughput enhancement, manpower productivity and manufacturing related wastages that led to financial benefits of around INR 9 crs.


Engagement Lead for EBIDTA improvement for a Polyester Chip & Yarn manufacturer – Client is one of the foremost Polyester Chip and Yarn manufacturer in India with multiple plants across the globe. The project entailed profit oriented planning for the upstream chip manufacturing facility and cost optimization for the downstream yarn manufacturing facilities. Lean Six Sigma approach was leveraged to identify improvement opportunities across Throughput Enhancement, Quality improvement, Energy Conservation, Cost Reduction & Planning Optimization.


Led the Delivery for multiple waves of Lean Six Sigma deployment for an Indian Life Sciences MNC- Client is one of the largest Generics manufacturer with presence across the world in different countries. Ashit led the initial waves across multiple plants that involved conceptualizing the program (Executive Launch, Project Selection, BB & GB trainings, Mentoring/Coaching and Reviews etc.). The success of the program resulted in the client entrusting the consultant with setting up the Operational Excellence function and permeating the Lean Six Sigma journey across all manufacturing locations.


Lean SME for a big Global Oil & Gas company - Client has a strong focus on Operational Excellence especially on Lean. Ashit was one of the few Lean coaches across the globe who were assessed and certified on the rigorous methodology and entrusted with multiple batches of lean Practitioners across ASEAN, China, Middle East and India to help coach/mentor on the tools and techniques.



  • Ashit is an Associate Partner leading Manufacturing Excellence within Supply Chain & Operations practice
  • in EY’s He holds a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT (BHU), Varanasi, and MBA from FMS, Delhi Univ. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has worked in Operational Excellence, Supply Chain Management & Financial Advisory roles
  • Prior to joining EY, Ashit was leading the Operational Excellence practice at Accenture and in the SCM practice at PwC. He has a rich blend of industry experience having been the Lean Six Sigma Lead at leading corporates


  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Manufacturing Excellence
  • Operating Model Design
  • Throughput & Yield Improvement
  • Strategic Cost Reduction