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Christine Bense

Chief Operating Officer

Ventura Coastal LLC

HQ Phone: (805) 653-7000

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Ventura Coastal LLC

2325 Vista Del Mar Drive

Ventura, California 93002

United States

Company Description

Ventura Coastal, LLC is a manufacturer and marketer of Citrus juice products and we are committed to be the "first choice" for our customers and employees for safe quality citrus products. ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Senior Director Manufacturing Business Development and Engineering

Kraft Foods Group , Inc.

The Thinking Engineer

Go MAD Ltd

Education

Master's degree

Chemical Engineering

University of Toronto

Web References (22 Total References)


‘All in to Win’ – Go MAD Thinking working with Kraft | Go MAD Thinking

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Read regular news from Christine Bense, the Champaign Plant Manager, John Schmidt, the Davenport Plant Manager, programme participants, and our Thinking Engineers.

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June 25, 2013 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
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April 22, 2013 -Christine Bense, Plant Manager
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January 10, 2013 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
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As well as inducting another group of 15 to the Champaign Go MAD community (now circa 120), Christine launched a further set of 90 day challenges.
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January 4, 2013 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
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December 14, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
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October 30, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
Our Q4 Challenge is taking shape! This is such a great visual reminder for everyone in the plant of how many people are pulling together in an effort to bring this year home.
October 28, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
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September 28, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
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September 14, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
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September 14, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
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August 16, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
Walked into a conference room this morning and saw a department manager's desktop on the screen… the Go MAD framework! See it here.
August 3, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
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June 22, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
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June 21, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
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June 20, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
Our first ever all salaried engagement day was a success! Over 100 staff all dressed as their favourite winners/champions worked together to agree the few key cultural attributes we will focus on shifting to go 'All in to Win' and become an unequivocal competitive advantage for our company! And each one of them made a personal commitment to change one thing about their own behaviour as a start to leading the way. This is the beginning of real change…
June 19, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
Just finished reviewing the feedback forms from the 2-day solution focused training with our newly identified 'All in to Win Champions' and I'm thrilled about all their positive comments! Extending this type of development to our hourly employees at Champaign is a first and I believe it will have a powerful impact on our efforts to drive improvement and cultural change.
June 18, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
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June 15, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
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May 30, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
Watch a short video blog from Christine.
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May 10, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
I was thrilled to see one of my senior leaders kick off an overtime reduction challenge yesterday and encourage all frontline leaders and middle managers across the site to use possibility thinking. And today, one of my black belts asked me for a coaching session - thank you framework! More signs of Go MAD Thinking taking root in Champaign…
April 27, 2012 -Christine Bense, Plant Manager
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April 20, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
2 words I used to describe this week's Go MAD activities - results (we're delivering them) and energy (you can feel it in the air).
April 19, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
Positive feedback from my folks reinforces the value gained from this week's change management workshop. 30 people structured around 6 key change initiatives learned how to lead people through change and built action plans for making it happen. Lots of 'light bulb moments' and comments like 'I wish we knew this before'…
April 17, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
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April 16, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
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April 3, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
Just received our preliminary Q1 plant financials - looks like our first 90 day challenge was a success! Bring on Q2!
April 2, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
Officially 2 weeks from our next Go MAD event!
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March 23, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
Just approved the cover of 'Our Choices' - a little book we've created that reflects completed choices cards from across the plant and broader business. After launching our plant roadmap, we encouraged everyone to think about the choices they will personally make to get involved and drive progress. We hope this book demonstrates our collective intent and gives everyone ideas for how they could possibly go 'All In To Win'!
March 16, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
One of my department managers found an 'outlier' idea off one of our possibility thinking sheets. It didn't make the short list originally but with further investigation, looks to be worth over $300k to us and is likely scalable across the US processed cheese network.
Feb 22, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
Had a good coaching session with one of my black belts this morning. 60 minutes to stretch each other's thinking every 2 weeks is proving to be time well spent...
Feb 12, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
Ideation sessions complete for all departments - $20million in new ideas in hand for us to now scrub and decide what to prioritize and action to help us deliver this year.
Feb 1, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
Hosted our first of 5 ideation sessions today - engaged 40 people from across the business in a structured event using possibility thinking tools to identify $7million of potential new savings ideas. Not bad for 1 day!
Jan 25, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
Launched our roadmap with the entire plant staff today - share fair style! Our 10 Roadmap Champions gave personal descriptions of their 3-year umbrella goals and highlighted this year's priorities while competing for one of our top 3 Super Bowl themed prizes (based on popular vote of all participants). Worked well.
Jan 24, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
Completed stakeholder alignment on our 3 year plant roadmap today! Have hosted all 3 business teams in the last 2 weeks, tied them up in ropes, talked about helpful and hindering thoughts, assessed their self-belief and had them sign choices cards stating their commitments to support us in our goals this year. Thumbs up from all directions - its full steam ahead!
Jan 10, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
Offsite today with my team finalizing goals and planning the launch of our 3-year plant roadmap. We used possibility thinking tools to generate ideas and defined next steps.
Jan 6, 2012 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager
Had a short 90 day reconnect this morning to kick start the New Year... was encouraged by the level of enthusiasm and progress made already!
Dec 16, 2011 - Christine Bense, Plant Manager


Business Improvement | Go MAD Thinking

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Christine Bense, Plant Director at Kraft


Christine Bense | Go MAD Thinking

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Christine Bense

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Christine Bense
Plant Manager
Christine originates from Canada where she completed her Master's degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Since joining Kraft Foods as a Production Supervisor in 1999, she has held roles of increasing responsibility across various categories including Cereals & Rice, Desserts, Cheese, Coffee and Grocery and has managed plants in Canada, the UK and the US. She has also held staff roles at Kraft's global headquarters in Northfield, IL USA in which she successfully led global continuous improvement initiatives and end-to-end strategic assessments. Throughout her career to date, Christine has consistently demonstrated a passion for continuous improvement and an ability to motivate and inspire others. Developing and implementing transformational strategies is a particular strength. She is currently the Plant Manager of Kraft Foods' largest manufacturing facility worldwide in Champaign, IL USA.


Some of Our Clients | Go MAD Thinking

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"Putting our leadership team through a coaching program has caused a distinct shift in the way our senior leaders think and act and has enabled them to support our frontline leaders effectively". - Christine Bense, Plant Director at Kraft


Measurable Differences | Go MAD Thinking

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"Putting our leadership team through a coaching program has caused a distinct shift in the way our senior leaders think and act and has enabled them to support our frontline leaders effectively". - Christine Bense, Plant Director at Kraft

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