John Smit

MSc. John Smit

After receiving a Masters degree in Engineering from the Technical University of Delft, John worked for more than 30 years for global companies like AES, Dräger Medical and TYCO Electronics.
He started his career as Project Manager for AES, where he introduced one of the first optical scanners into the market.
With Dräger Medical, he lead several Product Management and Business Management teams and as Marketing Operations Manager, developed and implemented processes for Strategic Marketing, Product Development , Road-mapping, Product Lifecycle Management and Requirement Management.
He introduced QFD as tool for the definition of the next generation of emergency care ventilators.
As part of this project, the Voice of the Customer was collected from 220 potential users.
With TYCO Electronics John was responsible for Product Management and Business Development of several product lines with major OEM’s in Aerospace, Defense, Marine, Industry and Telecommunications.
He was one of the founders of the Fiber Optic Business Unit in Europe, which achieved $60 million yearly sales within the first 10 years.
He managed the production of fiber optic cable assemblies (60 FTE’s), achieving product qualification with the major telecom operators around the globe.
In September 2007 he received the QFD Black Belt status from the QFD Institute US.
He has delivered commercial successes, based on clear analysis and development of customer specific solutions. Structured in thinking and acting.