One key innovation of Six Sigma involves the “professionalizing” of quality management functions. Prior to Six Sigma, quality management in practice largely relegated to the production floor and to separate statistics in the quality department. Six Sigma borrows martial arts ranking terminology to define a hierarchy (and career path) that cuts across all business functions. Six Sigma identifies several key roles for successful implementation. • Executive Leadership includes CEO and other members of top management. They are responsible for setting up a vision for Six Sigma implementation. They also empower the other role holders with the freedom and resources to explore new ideas for breakthrough improvements. • Champions are responsible for Six Sigma implementation across the organization in an integrated manner. Executive Leadership draws them from upper management. Champions also act as mentors to Black Belts.