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Yvan Chapel

Global Quality Leader & Localization Project Manager


Through my career, I have developed strong Project Management and Quality skills, always working in a Global environment, close to customers. After several years in Asia, I joined ABB 6 years ago as Localization Project Manager, transferring industrial projects from Switzerland to China, India, Poland and South-Africa. Along my career, I became involved in Quality processes. I currently work as Global Quality Leader for ABB Traction Transformer Product Line worldwide. Meanwhile, I continue to act as localization project manager, taking more responsibilities in the establishment of new factories and development of new opportunities in emerging markets.

Work History

Sep 2013Present

Global Quality Leader - Localization Project Manager

ABB - Based in Geneva (CH)

Global Quality Leader:
- Lead Quality activities for the ABB Traction Transformers factories (current footprint: Switzerland, China, India, Poland and South-Africa).

- Establish and lead continuous quality improvement culture within the Traction Transformer product line. Develop reliability growth process and KPIs to assess product line performance and improve customer satisfaction. Report performance to ABB Group Senior level.

- Conduct yearly NPS analysis, follow and improve Customer Complaints resolution process.

- Regularly Audit Traction Transformer factories as per relevant standards (ISO9001 and IRIS).

- Lead major quality issues resolution worldwide (Internal and external coordination).

Localization Project Manager:
- Lead business development activities for the localization of Traction Transformer manufacturing in the USA. Study Buy America regulations, organize meetings with US Federal Transit and Railroad Administrations, create business plans.

- Manage a South-African localization project. Involved in the factory establishment (green field), customer discussions, conduct local management team interviews, local supplier development, training organization...

- Continue transferring projects to China as described below.

Sep 2012Aug 2013

Localization Project Manager - Quality support

ABB - Based in Datong (China)

- Support the localization process in Datong ABB Traction Transformer workshop (particularly project management, supply chain and quality processes).

- Take an active role for local suppliers development (lead supplier Quality audits and follow-up, train Datong ABB Quality team).

May 2010Aug 2012

Localization Project Manager

ABB - Based in Geneva (CH) 

Manage the transfer of production from Geneva to local ABB workshops (India and China) :
- Coordination of the Geneva team and the local units in order to comply with customer requirements.

- Lead the project within ABB organization in Geneva from tender to execution phase.

- Ensure smooth operation of the delivered products (manage any problems occurring during operation), high interaction with customers and suppliers.

- Lead supplier audits (mainly in China and India).

- Involved in Top Quality Issue resolution worldwide.

Aug 2009Sep 2009

Railway consultant

Alten (based in Dubai)

Mission for Thales in Dubai: Team leader for the Commissioning of the Operation Control Center

Feb 2006Apr 2009

Train Electronic Embedded system Expert

ALSTOM Transport  (Based in China)

- Manage the Type Testing campaign (Static and dynamic performance tests) and Routine commissioning of Shanghai L1&L2 new rolling stocks dedicated to Train Control and Monitoring System.

- In charge of the Chinese suppliers performance and follow up.

- Specific interface between customer (Operator) and Alstom Teams whatever Commissioning&Warranty or design team in Europe, strong autonomy, Shanghai L1&L2&L3.

-  Manage a team (5 engineers) dedicated to commissioning and warranty activities in order to ensure the best availability of Shanghai L1&L2 trains.

Certifications & Trainings

Nov 2015

How to implement a Quality Management System According to ISO9001-2015

AFNOR - Paris (24 hours)

Training course related to the implementation of a Quality Management System

Oct 2014

IRIS Internal Lead Auditor

International Competence Center Rail GmbH - Berlin (40 hours)

International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS): IRIS use ISO9001 as a base plus extra requirements related to the railway industry. Certificate number: 564.

May 2013Mar 2014

Operational Excellence Program

ABB Internal training - Finland, Poland, Spain (120 hours)

Internal program focusing on lean management and lean manufacturing. 


ABB Associate Project Manager

Internal certification (80 hours)


English: Fluent

French: Native language

Chinese (Mandarin): Good understanding, limited working proficiency

Italian: Passive understanding


Sep 2000Jun 2005

Master of Science - Transport engineering


- Five-year program in Transport engineering (Aeronautics, Automotive, Railway, Aerospace).

- Areas of studies: Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics, Materials, Mechanics, Electrical engineering

Sep 2004Mar 2005

Kasetsart University

Semester at Kasetsart University of Bangkok (Thailand): Studies in Aeronautical Engineering.

Personal Projects

- Participate in the building and flight re-enactment of a Wright Flyer 1 full scale replica to commemorate 100 Years of the first flight.

- Participate in 4L Trophy project - Humanitarian experience in Moroccan desert. Hunting for sponsors, car preparation.