Kaufman Global regularly recognizes Lean Trend Setters―professionals that we consider to be proven leaders in effectively driving the implementation of Lean methods within their work environment. From executives to front line Continuous Improvement practitioners, we recognize employees at all levels who have moved beyond just envisioning a Lean workforce, to actually realizing one that enables sustainable business outcomes.
EXECUTIVE TREND SETTER PROFILE
Suzanne Hoffman, Chief Operating Officer for the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), has been instrumental in several Continuous Improvement initiatives for the State of Oregon. In the last few years, her focus has moved from transforming the Department of Human Services (DHS) and transitioning the Department into two separate entities (DHS and the newly created OHA), to revitalizing the Oregon State Hospital, to supporting activities associated with the state's health care transformation. It's been a long journey; one that's not over yet. Suzanne has many "road warrior" stories that others could learn from.
What advice would you provide to other State organizations who are considering a transformation effort? There are a number of things I would recommend, some of which may be universal across all types of organizations... Read more ›
John Settineri, Global Director of Enterprise Lean Sigma for Avery Dennison, has been working in manufacturing-related businesses for nearly 30 years. Over his 17-year career with Avery Dennison, his experience has spanned technical, operational / supply chain and Continuous Improvement leadership roles with site, divisional and company-wide scope. Currently, John and his team of internal change agents drive business performance improvement and capability development efforts across the global Retail Brand and Information Solutions business. He also supports key leadership development programs and leads Avery Dennison's global Enterprise Lean Sigma council — a cross-functional group that supports Continuous Improvement efforts. Prior to Avery Dennison, John spent over 12 years with Quaker Oats in various manufacturing and engineering roles.Describe Avery Dennison's Enterprise Lean Sigma council and the impact it has on the organization's Continuous Improvement efforts? Enterprise Lean Sigma (ELS) is Avery Dennison's overall business improvement approach that integrates Lean and Six Sigma principals... Read more ›
Chris Thibert, Business System Development Manager for Alcoa Engineered Products and Solutions, has successfully led more than a few Continuous Improvement initiatives over the years. No stranger to Lean, he has pioneered several programs since the early 90's for such companies as General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Owens Corning. Chris is a trusted Alcoa consultant and a recognized trainer of the Toyota Production System, Lean and the Alcoa Business System (ABS), giving him a strong understanding of the obstacles businesses face as they move through a transformation.
What do you consider a few of your biggest professional accomplishments? I had the opportunity to launch the Ford Lean Learning Academy, which, at the time, was recognized as the best Lean training in Ford Motor Company. Ford had been spending a lot of money on Lean efforts in North America and getting limited benefit from it. They were stumbling... Read more ›
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