Lean Enterprise Institute CEO speaking to Auburn classes

Published: Oct 17, 2016 4:00:00 PM

John Shook
John Shook

John Shook, chairman and CEO of the Lean Enterprise Institute, will speak to two classes at Auburn University on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

He will speak to the Lean Manufacturing class at 8 a.m. in 1122 Shelby Center and the Vehicle Technologies and Trends class at noon in 1120 Shelby Center. Both talks are free and open to the public.

Shook is a leading voice in the field of lean manufacturing, learning the system during an 11-year career with Toyota in Japan and the United States. He was Toyota’s first American manager at its Japanese headquarters. Following his tenure at Toyota, Shook was a member of the industrial and operations engineering faculty at the University of Michigan and directed the university’s Japan Technology Management Program. He has led the Lean Enterprise Institute since 2010.

An industrial anthropologist, Shook earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii. He is also a graduate of the Japan-America Institute of Management Science.

He is the author or co-author of “Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Add Value and Eliminate MUDA,” “Kaizen Express: Fundamentals for Your Lean Journey” and “Managing to Learn: Using the A3 Management Process.”