Bob Parker

Bob Parker Bob Parker ~ Business Improvement Manager 

Bob has been managing the current Business Improvement programme across world since early 2004. Initially focussed upon some particular strategic improvement projects, the programme has grown to encompass a comprehensive network of development, project and training support to all levels within the company.

Following a BSc in Chemistry from Imperial College, Bob has worked for Marine & Protective Coatings for over 25 years holding various senior operations roles within the UK, Saudi Arabian and Australia. More recently there followed a period leading improvement activities under various guises, including working with a large consulting organisation.


International Paint, a division of Akzo Nobel, has for over four years been conducting a comprehensive improvement programme based upon the principles of W E Deming and incorporates practical methodologies and structures developed through the 1990s. The programme, supported by PMI, has been active across all of IP’s global locations, has crossed cultural and functional boundaries and has achieved a large number of both tangible and intangible benefits. The company continues to perform better than ever before in its history, but the improvement journey continues.   

Bob Parker and Hilbert Reijn will share their learning, both from the successes and the disappointments, as they consider how to confront the challenges of the future. These include maintaining interest in a more mature programme and ensuring that the new thinking becomes increasingly integral to running the business. All in a currently highly successful global company, at a time of economic uncertainty.