Corporate consulting firm Six Sigma Academy has a new identity.
The company – which introduced the concept of Six Sigma to the world's largest corporations – has announced a new name, and a broader mission. Effective in early April, the firm will do business under the name SSA & Company.
"We have evolved from being a firm narrowly focused on Six Sigma training to one that is increasingly engaged in strategic process improvement, rapid transformation and employee engagement," said company chairman David Fuente. "Our new identity is a reflection of this wider mandate."
Fuente, the former chief executive officer of Office Depot, manages the firm with CEO Scott Miller, the former chief executive of Hyatt, and company president David Niles, a former consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton. The company works with more than 60 of the largest businesses around the world. Mikel Harry, the father of the original Six Sigma concept at Motorola, serves as the firm's chief knowledge officer and Ram Charan, author of some of the most influential books in business, serves on SSA & Company's advisory board.
"We detected a real hunger in the marketplace for process improvement that delivers results in weeks, not years," said Miller. "For many companies, this is a sea change. They still think of process management as multi-year commitment requiring dozens of business leaders to focus exclusively on process. Under our new banner, we can show them smarter, more efficient solutions while continuing the highest standard of Lean Six Sigma training and coaching."
Through its work with some of the world's largest companies, SSA & Company saw many executives abandoning cumbersome process management projects because of the excess time and the complex engineering perspective. Yet invariably, these companies facing intense global competition discovered they still had a deep need for better process in order to remain competitive. For the last number of years, SSA & Company has been working with such companies to demonstrate that process management, correctly pursued, can drive organic innovation, increase margins, and deliver growth.
"What we keep hearing from business leaders is that they need a way to align their business processes, engage employees, and show results quickly," said Niles. "They are astonished when we have demonstrated that significant savings and improvements can be achieved in under 90 days."
Under its new name, SSA & Company, with its offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia, will continue to work across multiple industry sectors including financial and professional services, retail and consumer products, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, energy, technology and communications, and industrial products for the largest Fortune 500 companies and leading private equity firms. "Our goal is to transform business through smarter process," said Niles.
For additional information about SSA & Company, contact André König at 212-332 3790 or visit www.ssaandco.com.
About SSA & Company
Founded in 1994 by the progenitors of the Six Sigma revolution at Motorola, SSA & Company developed the Six Sigma methodology, teaching companies like GE, Allied-Signal, DuPont and Merrill Lynch how to achieve a higher level of quality and sustain it over time. Since then, SSA & Company has helped hundreds of companies, both large and small, improve how they operate, delivering billions of dollars of bottom-line benefits through higher margins, revenue growth, and more efficient use of capital. SSA & Company wrote the original Lean Six Sigma curriculum in the early 1990s and has customized, deployed and supported it more than any other firm. In addition to consulting services, the firm offers a variety of training options, including customized on-site training, open-enrollment courses, and tailored curriculum development and digital training.