Willy Vandenbrande is the founder and President of QS Consult, a European consulting agency that assists organizations in various aspects of Quality Management. With its head office in Bruges, Belgium, Willy founded QS Consult in 1995 to help organizations in the implementation of Quality Systems according to the ISO 9000 standards series as well as QS 9000 and ISO TS 16949. Competencies include implementation of management systems, statistical techniques, Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing.
Willy’s guiding principle in any consulting or training project is to develop practical and personalized solutions that create direct added value to the customer. His philosophy is “adapt, do not adopt”. Whether it is ISO 9000 or Six Sigma, he encourages his clients to evaluate what is useful for the organization and implement this in a way that is best suited to their needs.
Willy holds a Masters degree in Civil Engineering Metallurgy from the State University of Ghent (Belgium) and a Masters Degree in Total Quality Management from the University of Limburg (Belgium) as well as Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from the American Society for Quality (ASQ). His work experience includes research and development at the State University of Ghent, Belgium and he has held responsible positions in production and quality for Clark-Hurth Components.
His client list as a consultant includes a wide variety of manufacturing companies as well as service and non-profit organizations in industry segments such as: printing, steel making, textiles, metal work, automotive, recruitment agencies and schools.
He is a senior member of ASQ and ASQ country councilor for Belgium and has delivered presentations at many conferences and written numerous articles on the subject of Quality. His most recent article on “Design of Experiments” was published in the April 2005 edition of Quality Progress.
Leadership and Board Positions
- American Society for Quality (ASQ), Country Councilor, Belgium
- American Society for Quality (ASQ): senior member
- Royal Society of Flemish Engineers: member
- De Kwaliteitskrant (Flemish quality magazine): member of the editorial board and columnist
- Masters Degree in Civil Engineering, Metallurgy, State University Ghent, 1978
- Master of Total Quality Management, University of Limburg, 1991
- Six Sigma Black Belt, ASQ, 2002