John Vellema

John Vellema
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John Vellema

John Vellema originally started his career as a toolmaker within injection molding. This deeply rooted experience working with and understanding of life on the shop floor is one of those experiences you cannot learn in a classroom.

Furthermore John Vellema has served in the Danish Army. Where his last position was First Class Sergeant for a recon unit stationed in Kosovo. After his army career John Vellema earned an engineering degree in Manufacturing and Management at the University of Southern Denmark.

John joined the LEGO Group in 2007 participating in the Supply Chain Graduate Program. In combination with years of coaching teams under the Danish Association of Rowing, the obvious choice was to start as project leader and concept developer. Starting in 2009 and throughout the following three years was spent on the development and implementation of the Global Job Training Organization at LEGO. Through these experiences he has gained a strong understanding of the link between Production, Leadership and Engineering.

In 2012 John Vellema chose to part his ways with the LEGO group, in order to build and create an advisory and training firm - business through people


Info & Fun facts on John

Favorite quotes

"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself." 

Søren Aaby Kierkegaard

Books by John Vellema

Building a Global Learning Organization: Using TWI to Succeed with Strategic Workforce Expansion in the LEGO Group

The 3 latest blogs by John Vellema

"Følelser i forandringsledelse" 

"it is not twi that has to change"

"we need to learn faster than our competitors"

Military honor & praise

NATO Service medal in Kosovo 2001, as First Class Sergent for a recon section

John Vellema has...

Coached teams for the Danish Association of Rowing
Completed one Ironman in Fredericia, Denmark in 2001
Run the NYC Marathon in 2013
Won gold at the Nordic cup in rowing (boat type 8+) in 1995/96  
Ended his graduation speech with "So, graduates of 2007 – fire away"


Danish, English and German