The Pro Action Group Team Bios

Martin Staples

Martin Staples is a senior Operations leader and change facilitator with over 27 years of global business experience (14 years working/living internationally).  He has been successful in planning and leading change, developing management teams, designing organizations and executing global operational and facility strategies.  He has led organizations in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Prior to working with The ProAction Group, Martin had a very successful career with Emerson Electric.  He was consistently promoted throughout his tenure there and worked in many of their divisions, where he served in roles such as Vice President of Operations, VP of Shared Services, VP of Operational Development and VP of Manufacturing.  He had 6 years of P&L responsibility and over 12 years designing and running multi plant location operations.

Known as a “fix it” guy within Emerson, Martin was frequently called in to help underperforming operations improve and is adept at assessing underlying factors and turning performance around.  A strength is his people focus – he is able to quickly gain people’s confidence and get the most out of his teams.  He uses process, structure and organization skills to drive results and is a student of continuous improvement, lean manufacturing and Gemba training.

Martin has an MBA from Washington University (St. Louis) a Master of Science from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and a Bachelor of Science from University of Missouri-Rolla.  In addition, he has numerous continuing education credits from both Emerson (who is renowned for their CE Curriculum) and other organizations, including the Toyota Master Class and Gemba Training with Lean Institute.