Retired CEO of The Wiremold Company
Arthur Byrne is an Operating Partner with J.W. Childs Associates, a private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations of middle-market growth companies, where he leads the implementation of Lean management at Childs' portfolio companies.
While serving as CEO or an equivalent position, Byrne implemented Lean principles in more than 30 companies (including subsidiaries) and 14 countries during the past 30 years, giving him a matchless knowledge of how to turn around companies using a Lean strategy. Byrne began his Lean journey as general manager at the General Electric Company. Later, as group executive, he helped introduce Lean to the Danaher Corporation. As CEO of The Wiremold Company he quadrupled the company size and increased its enterprise value by 2,500% in less than 10 years.
Byrne holds a bachelor's in economics from Boston College and a master's from Babson College. He also serves as a board member of the Shingo Prize.
Lean Practitioner Professor at Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Bob Emiliani has been a Lean practitioner and professor of Lean management for 25 years. Prior joining academia, he worked in industry for 15 years and had management responsibility in engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain management. Bob was part of a team responsible for implementing Lean principles and practices in both manufacturing and supply chains at Pratt & Whitney. He was the first academic to establish a research agenda focused on Lean leadership, resulting in numerous publications and varied leadership development workshops. Bob is a prolific, versatile, and award-winning writer whose publications span engineering, business, social sciences, and humanities. He has authored 22 books and dozens of research papers across six different disciplines. His work on Lean leadership and Lean as applied to higher education are widely recognized. Bob created an innovative, process-based understanding of leadership called “Speed Leadership.” His most recent work uncovers the network of factors that impede the advancement of Lean management.
Managing Partner at Kaizen Institute Western Europe
Euclides Coimbra is a worldwide Thought Leader in Continuous Improvement. He has an extensive experience in cultural change and KAIZEN™ Lean transformation. With international experience in several sectors, he has been mainly focused on the coordination and development of new areas as well as the management of large global projects. Author of the books "KAIZEN™ in Logistics and Supply Chains" and "KAIZEN™: A Strategy for Improvement, Growth and Profitability".
Professor Dr Oecon NHH, Special Adviser Norges Bank and Section Editor at Problems and Perspectives in Management
Ola Honningdal Grytten (born in 1964) is a professor in economic history. He has his doctorate from the Norwegian School of Economics (1994),where he was appointed Associate Professor in 1994 and Professor in 1999. He has been visiting academic in universities in the Netherlands, Canada, the UK and Eastern Europe.
He has also served as editor-in-chief for the Scandinavian Economic History Review and as senior adviser for the Norwegian central bank (Norges Bank). Grytten has published research papers extensively in domestic and international scientific journals,and has been author and- co-author of 15 books.
His major fields of research are macroeconomic history, financial history, historical entrepreneurship and labour market history.