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Procter & Gamble and Graphicast Join Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, the global business network for senior industrial executives, today announced the election of Procter & Gamble’s Director of Corporate Global Manufacturing Pietro D’Arpa, and Val Zanchuk, President and Owner of U.S. precision castings company Graphicast Inc., to the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors.

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The Board of Governors, which steers the Manufacturing Leadership Council (MLC), approved the nominations early last month. With these appointments, the Board of Governors now includes 17 members from organizations such as Ford Motor Company, Lockheed Martin, Lexmark International, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), Germany’s SmartFactory Technology Initiative, Dell Computer, Cisco Systems, UCLA, MIT, and the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) in the U.K.

“We are delighted to welcome Pietro D’Arpa and Val Zanchuk to the Board of Governors,” said David R. Brousell, Co-founder, Global Vice President of Research and Editorial Director of the Manufacturing Leadership Council. “The election of these two ML Council veterans further strengthens the Board’s balance between large and small manufacturing companies. Moreover, the depth of experience these two executives bring to the Board will be of great benefit to the Council at large, as it continues its work in dealing with the critical issues facing manufacturing and the journey to Manufacturing 4.0.”

“I am honored to be on the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors,” commented Pietro D’Arpa, director of Corporate Global Manufacturing at Procter and Gamble. “It is crucial today to learn and share ideas, as well as to analyze new emerging trends that will shape the future of manufacturing and supply chain management. I look forward to exciting collaborative interactions with all members of the team.”

“Being a member of the MLC Board of Governors is a real honor for me,” said Val Zanchuk, President of Graphicast. “As an active MLC member for many years, I see the MLC as providing one of the most effective global platforms for strategic thought on the direction of manufacturing. I look forward to participating in this important effort.”

Pietro D’Arpa is director of Corporate Global Manufacturing and responsible for the manufacturing strategies and capabilities of Procter & Gamble’s 130 manufacturing sites around the world. He has worked at P&G for 29 years, serving in a variety of manufacturing and supply chain roles across many of its business divisions, including detergents, pet care, paper and beauty products. He also has broad international experience, including senior positions in Italy, Belgium, the UK, Ireland, Switzerland and the United States. Known for creating new, progressive manufacturing solutions and innovations in manufacturing and supply chain, he has been a champion of the transformation of manufacturing at P&G, leveraging disruptive innovative solutions, from digitization to automation, to help drive P&G’s business and deliver value to its customers. D’Arpa has been an active member of the MLC for many years and holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Palermo, Italy.

Val Zanchuk is president and majority owner of New Hampshire-based precision castings company Graphicast Inc. An ESOP company, in which an employee-owner program provides the workforce with an ownership interest in the company, Graphicast has been listed as an Inc. 5000 company, is a winner of two Manufacturing Leadership Awards, and has been twice voted as a “Best Company to Work For” in New Hampshire. An active member of the MLC for the past six years, Zanchuk also serves on the board of directors of the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership, advisory boards at the Manchester School of Technology and NH Technical Institute, and serves as chair of the Governor’s Pre-Engineering and Technology Curriculum Advisory Council. He is also chair-elect of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, the state’s largest and most influential business advocacy and lobbying group, and frequently testifies at legislative hearings on industry-related issues. He gained a MEng degree in metallurgy from Lehigh University and holds two U.S. patents.

About The Manufacturing Leadership Council

The Manufacturing Leadership Council (MLC), part of Frost & Sullivan, is the world’s foremost member-driven, global business leadership network dedicated to senior executives in the manufacturing industry. The Council’s vision is to enable manufacturers to realize a better future by focusing on the intersection of critical business and technology issues that will drive growth for themselves, their organizations, and the industry at large. The MLC produces an extensive portfolio of leadership networking, information and professional development products, programs, and services, including the Manufacturing Leadership Community Website, an online global business network with over 7,400 members around the world; the Manufacturing Leadership Council, an invitation-only executive organization of over 300 members; the annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit; the annual Manufacturing Leadership Awards celebrating industry achievement and innovation; the thought-leading industry publication, the Manufacturing Leadership Journal; plus extensive social media communities reaching more than 30,000 industry professionals. To inquire about MLC membership, please visit

The Manufacturing Leadership Board of Governors

The Manufacturing Leadership Board of Governors comprises senior executives and industry experts at leading manufacturing, academic and research organizations around the world, including Ford Motor Company, Lockheed Martin, Cisco Systems, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), Germany’s SmartFactory Technology Initiative, Lexmark International, Dell Computer, Virtex Enterprises, S&S Hinge, MIT, UCLA, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), and Frost & Sullivan.

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