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When you look at our team, you won’t find career consultants—you’ll find hands-on practitioners who have held top leadership positions in world-class companies. Whatever challenges your company is facing, you’ll have one of our trusted experts by your side, helping you move the needle. By way of introducing our dedicated team, please allow us to present the founder of Lean Focus, Damon Baker, and his Division Leaders:

Damon Baker

CEO | President

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Damon’s been implementing lean practices in various GM & VP-level capacities for more than 25 years, but it was at Danaher that his passion for true business transformation was born. He was instrumental in developing Danaher’s company-wide Problem-Solving Process, and was inspired to create a new, comprehensive business system that enables organizations to improve on all fronts—not just Lean. Today, that system is known as the Lean Focus Business System™, and it is not only the foundation on which Lean Focus was formed, it is the method with which businesses all over the world are able to transform for the better, and for the long term.

Damon is a natural leader with an approachable, down-to-business demeanor. He’s well-known for his candor, his insightful feedback, and his unique ability to motivate teams with transformative methods. He was recently named an In Business “2021 Executive of the Year.”

Kevin Sutherby

Kevin Sutherby

SVP Lean Practice

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Kevin has over 30 years of experience in leading and driving business transformation through Lean process improvement. Over the past 20+ years, Kevin has led companies as an entrepreneurial owner, as CEO of a Private Equity backed business, as a P&L division leader of several divisions of Danaher and Fortive and a for a fast growing, founder-owned company. Leveraging what he learned from these roles and ownership structures, Kevin has the ability to help organizations develop continuous improvement transformation cultures which can unlock value and growth.

Kevin maintains a passion for continuous process improvement and creating value through strategy & strategy deployment, operational improvement, working capital improvement and growth initiatives.

Suzanne Lingua

Suzanne Lingua

SVP Talent Solutions

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Sue has over 30 years of experience in talent acquisition and placement services. She has been a key resource ranging from major Fortune 1000 companies to small- and mid-level sized operations seeking talent with major Business System and cultural transformation experience and influencer characteristics. Her understanding of continuous improvement role requirements and risks/opportunities is tied to her long-term experience working with the cultural development of these types of performance-driven organizations.

Sue is an expert in talent assessment and selection, executive recruitment, professional networking, coaching and emerging leader identification.

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Dennis Mabes

SVP, Leadership Practice

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Dennis has close to 40 years of experience in Human Resource Management with most of his career leading large HR organizations at Danaher, Fortive, Kollmorgen, and Cooper Industries including Group Vice President for the Industrial Technologies segment ($3B+ and 50 global locations) at Danaher. Following the spin-off of Fortive from Danaher, he led Global Talent Management & Leadership Development at Fortive.

A hands-on leader, Dennis is comfortable on the shop floor working with employees or with C-Suite executives creating Human Capital Strategy & Deployment. He’s passionate about improving employee involvement to drive lean processes and achieve real results.

April Lee

Managing Director, Operations

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As a Lean Focus leader overseeing the operations of the business, April has insights to driving culture transformation applications within the Growth, Lean and Leadership toolset.  April is known for her holistic approach to problem-solving with a deep dive into analytics, while driving up engagement and empowerment amongst team members.  With a proven track record and the skills to match, April knows what it takes to drive leadership, growth, and lean transformation in today’s competitive marketplace.

April is focused on helping you drive real results. She’s proactive, collaborative, and cares about your business as if it were her own.

Torsten Staude

Torsten Staude

Managing Director, Germany

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Torsten has been a practitioner of Lean principles for more than 25 years. Since learning from Komatsu Lean Consultants the first Lean tools, he has led business transformations that have resulted in recognition from Danaher including “Best Plant World-Wide within Danaher” in 2015 and 2016. He has held ever-increasing roles of responsibility, including Global Vide-President of Danaher’s most advanced Lean maturity business in Hach. Most recently, at Wilkhahn, he drove improvement at all levels of the company to get sustainable results using Lean principles.

Torsten is the quintessential Lean leader that leads with humility and gets results through others. He has a proven track record of building sustainable Lean cultures and a hands-on leadership style. Effective communication at all levels and strong problem-solving skills are the foundation of his work style.

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Robert Grumski

SVP, Procurement Practice

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For over 20 years, Robert has excelled as a Global Strategic Sourcing, Procurement and Supply Chain Senior Executive. He has had proven success leading direct and indirect commodity management teams, developing and leading low-cost country offices, and implementing E-sourcing tools in multi-national lean manufacturing environments. Robert has transformed procurement, strategic sourcing, and supply chain functions at Envista, Pall Corporation, Gardner Denver Nash, Siemens Water Technology, Bucyrus, and Cincinnati Milacron.

Robert is a high-energy, results-oriented leader with a collaborative management style and a unique ability to build consensus and generate momentum within organizations of all sizes.

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Guy Schiller

Executive Advisor

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Over the past 30 years, Guy has championed the Human Resource function for such companies as Danaher, Vestas, PAREXEL, and Addivant. But Guy has excelled well beyond his basic HR responsibilities—he has become specialized in organization development, having successfully developed and implemented Lean Culture Systems within numerous enterprises. It’s because of this extensive experience working with Executive Leadership to develop business vision and strategy that he has been so successful in making top-to-bottom organizational improvements.

Guy is a high-energy and highly motivated mentor who isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves. He leads, coaches, teaches, and drives action through passion and inspiration.

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Stanzi Prell

Executive Advisor, Europe

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Stanzi has held global leadership roles at Public Companies in North America, Asia, and Europe. She has solved complex challenges and delivered above-industry topline and profit growth by employing lean principles in growth strategies, to free up resources for additional growth initiatives. Her more than 28 years of experience include: 17 years at Danaher in 3 different Operating Companies, plus 10 years in Packaged/Consumer Goods including The Gillette Company, Philips Electronics, Hill-Rom, and WaterPik Technologies.


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Stan Askren

Executive Advisor

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Stan served as the Chairman and CEO of HNI Corporation for 14 years. HNI is a Fortune 1000 company that is globally recognized as a World-Class, lean benchmark, and is well-respected for its accomplishments in the Lean community. Stan is a “Lean Hall of Fame” Inductee to the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing Academy. Stan has served as a Board Member for: Allison Transmission, Armstrong World Industries, and Artic Cat. As the penultimate Lean Leader, Stan has inspired thousands of his associates to drive performance improvements and established a powerful global presence by leading, coaching, and teaching from the frontlines.

Stan is an expert problem solver who works by your side, leading the Lean charge, and motivating your team to create lasting cultural improvements with a truly hands-on approach.

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