We Know Lean Business Consulting, Strategy & Training
Lean Horizons Consulting has partnered with enterprises in all industries and all parts of the world to unleash the full power of Lean. Prior to founding Lean Horizons Consulting, Mark DeLuzio dramatically shifted the balance in an increasingly competitive environment as the architect of the Danaher Business System.
Over the years we have built a field force of internationally experienced industry professionals who understand Lean principles and the ability to put them to work—from manufacturing and consumer services to healthcare, financial services, private equity, and oil and gas. Some excel in execution. Others in consulting. Our ability to do both is a unique combination and strength, because companies who commit to a real transformation need both
Our seasoned executives, mentored by Taiichi Ohno’s Autonomous Study Group, bring deep content knowledge and experience-based competencies in strategy, supply chain and logistics, organization design and Lean process transformations. Having actually planned and integrated enterprise-wide Lean business systems in our former professional domains, we dramatically improve our clients’ success. We’ve been there and done that; we know what to do, and perhaps more importantly, what not to do.
In our growth, we’ve never compromised quality or sidestepped our commitment to abide by the Toyota Production System fundamentals. Our diligence not only places stringent requirements on us, it also provides you with end-to-end solutions and the ability to build a lean business that can respond resolutely to whatever the world throws at it.
Meet Our Global Management Team
Mark DeLuzio, Founder & CEO
Mark DeLuzio—known as a pioneer of Lean and the principal architect of the Danaher Business System—serves as a trusted advisor to senior leaders in global manufacturing organizations whose financial and operations metrics have flatlined. Leveraging his unmatched and inventive experience, Mark helps them think differently about how to optimize their approach system-wide. For his winning record in transforming companies and facilitating non-zero sum game deals, Mark is also on the board of Hillenbrand Inc. (NYSE: HI).
While many know Lean in theory, Mark has lived it inside-out in practice. After developing the first Lean Accounting process in the US for Danaher’s Jake Brake Division—setting an industry standard many companies are still trying to replicate—Mark became the VP of Danaher Business Systems where he led its global deployment and enlightened Wall Street on its merits. Engaged in their first study mission to Japan to learn from Toyota and its suppliers, he’s still mentored by the masters of the Toyota Production System today. Fundamental in Danaher’s recognition as the leading implementer of Lean, Mark founded Lean Horizons in 2001 to helm a global team that serves clients on five continents in both specific and broad business applications of Lean. Their hallmark project with GE’s Money Division—that generated $216m in its first year by reducing retail credit card processing approvals to one day from 63—was profiled in the Harvard Business Review. In 2007, Mark’s “Excellence in Manufacturing” contributions were recognized when he was inducted as a Life Member of the Shingo Prize Academy.
Whether through speaking, authoring, or service on corporate and non-profit boards, Mark’s passion for educating others is evident. Before relocating to Arizona to be closer to family, he spent eight years on the board of his alma mater’s school of business. Institutions like MIT’s Sloan School of Business, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business, and RIT have invited him to talk with their students about his experiences with DBS and Lean in order to deepen their understanding of what does and doesn’t add value.
Clem Confessore, Managing Director
Clem Confessore is a Managing Director with Lean Horizons Consulting. Tutored by Toyota Production System (TPS) pioneers, including Shingijutsu, and engaging in the evolution of the Danaher Business System at Danaher Corporation, he has guided the implementation of Lean principles and strategies for over 20 years at over 65 sites.
Mr. Confessore’s career has featured a balance of results orientation with process-orientation and a dedication to continuous improvement. He has relentlessly pursued the elimination of waste through Lean, resulting in stunning improvements in quality, delivery, cost, and growth.
Mr. Confessore has held executive positions at multi-national corporations serving as Corporate Director of New Products Startup, VP Operations, VP Marketing and Sales, VP Continuous improvement, and CEO in the Consumer Products; Aerospace; Automotive; Defense; Test & Measurement; Machine tools; Armament; Computers and Peripherals; HVAC; and Power Generation industries. He has led an LBO and been a member of the C level team that led an IPO. Mr. Confessore led organizations awarded both the IBM and the Xerox Corporate Quality Performance Awards.
He has served on the Norwich University Board of Fellows and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of that university. Mr. Confessore holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Norwich University, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Southwest University. He is a SME Certified Manufacturing Engineer.
Specialties: End-to-End Lean Transformations; applying Lean to specific business imperatives; mentoring client’s candidate to direct their Lean Initiative; establishing Lean Certification System.
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Chris Mowery Managing Director
Chris Mowery received six years of Lean training and experience under direct supervision by the founders of the Toyota Production System. Throughout his career, Mr. Mowery has held executive roles where he led Enterprise Transformations resulting in dramatic improvements in Sales, EBITDA and Working Capital Turns.
At Lean Horizons, Mr. Mowery areas of focus include:
• Financial Process Transformation: Guiding corporate Finance teams to improve data Quality and to compress lead times and labor hour cycle times in the close to disclose processes
• Business Process Transformation: Guiding Financial and Insurance-related Enterprises to develop Least Waste Way Business Processes
• Strategy Deployment and Policy Deployment: Working with senior leadership to align the Enterprise around achieving mission-critical goals
• Operational Excellence: Leading teams to analyze and resolve complex business process and manufacturing problems by using operational excellence methodologies to achieve revenue growth, cost reduction, and improved profitability
• Business Process Lean Certification: Developing certified Lean Practitioners that are fully capable of facilitating and guiding Business Process Transformations
Prior to joining Lean Horizons, Mr. Mowery held positions such as VP of Lean Transformation, VP of Operations, VP of Product Development and VP of Marketing. Mr. Mowery held these roles at several large multi-national corporations in the Aerospace, Paper Converting, Pump & Meter, and Metal Finishing industries.
Mr. Mowery has a Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri and a Certificate in Logistics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Simon Zhang, Managing Director China
Simon Zhang has been involved in leading all aspects of the lean function with a specialty in leading the development and implementation of gemba kaizen and Lean Conversions for the past eight years out of a total 20 years working experience.
Mr. Zhang gained his Lean training while at Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR). He started his Danaher career at Videojet, and as the Danaher Business System (DBS) Leader he was responsible for driving DBS tool implementation and culture change in their China operations. The results that Mr. Zhang was able to produce at Videojet allowed him to be promoted to the Danaher Corporate office as the Danaher Business System Office Director, Asia. As the DBS Office Director, he played a pivotal role in leading the DBS implementation and creating financial benefits across multiple Danaher businesses.
Mr. Zhang is also a Master Black Belt in the following areas.
• Transactional Process Improvement (TPI)
• Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
• Standard Work
• Danaher Material Process
• Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED)
• Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
• Production Preparation Process (3P)
• and Variation Reduction
Mr. Zhang holds an MBA in Managing Science and Engineering from South China University of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree from Hebei Normal University.
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Ashok Puri, Managing Director India
Ashok Puri is the Managing Director, India with Lean Horizons Consulting. Mr. Puri has been working since 1987 as the Director of Project Consulting (Process/Hydro Carbon Sector) at JCE Engineering and Management Services, Ltd, and as the Managing Director of JCE Management Services Pvt Ltd since 2001. Mr. Puri has spent 11 years as the Director and four years as the India Head of Kaizen Institute India. He also has worked for 10 years at Engineers India Limited, a leading Indian Engineering Consulting Company.
Mr. Puri is experienced in Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Total Quality Management (TQM), Just in Time (JIT), and Kaizen Management System (KMS). He has also been trained by Asian Productivity Organization in Japan, in “Management Consultancy for Productivity Improvement.”
Mr. Puri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, University of Delhi, as well as an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi.
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