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Aug. 14 - COE Forum

Featured Speaker:

Joe Murli, founder, The Murli Group; author, The Lean Management System

Murli started his lean journey 1989 in what Jim Womack called “the acid case” of the lean transformations he described in his seminal work Lean Thinking. Initially, in the onslaught of rapid-fire improvement events there was excitement over how much could be improved in five-day increments. Then as time went on and the lack of sustainability was obvious, Murli searched for deeper understanding of how to capture the hearts and minds of people.

Since then, Murli has been dedicated to understanding the human factors of lean and how they can lead to continuous improvement if properly managed and lead. He studied organizations that had highly engaged teams doing exactly this and distilled the basic elements that separated truly lean thinking organizations from the rest. He was able to put these systems into play in the businesses he led at Pratt & Whitney, Kaman Aerospace, and Sterling Autobody.

As founder of The Murli Group he is dedicated in helping organizations of all kinds through every phase of the Lean transformation process especially as it deals with integrating technical and people systems into sustainable learning organizations.

Registration to open in July

Aug. 28 - Professional Development Meeting

Featured Speakers:

Tom Goldsby, professor of logistics, Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University

Prof. Goldsby's research interests include logistics strategy, supply chain integration, and the theory and practice of lean and agile supply chain strategies.  He has published more than 50 articles in academic and professional journals and serves as a frequent speaker at academic conferences, executive education seminars, and professional meetings. The award-winning researcher is the co-author of four books including Global Macrotrends and Their Impact on Supply Chain Management, which will be the focus of his keynote address at the seminar. 

Nicholas Pinchuk, Chairman and CEO, Snap-On Inc.

Pinchuk has been Snap-on’s President and Chief Executive Officer since December 2007 and Chairman of the Board since April 2009. Prior to his appointment as President and CEO, Mr. Pinchuk served as Snap-on’s President and Chief Operating Officer, and before that as Snap-on’s Senior Vice President and President–Worldwide Commercial & Industrial Group. Before joining Snap-on in 2002, Mr. Pinchuk served in several executive operational and financial management positions at United Technologies Corporation and held various financial and engineering positions at Ford Motor Company. Mr. Pinchuk also serves as a Director of Columbus McKinnon Corporation. Mr. Pinchuk earned Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

Registration to open in July

Nov. 6 - Professional Development Meeting

Featured Speaker:

Joe Zekoski, SVP, Chief Technical Officer, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Zekoski, who had served as Interim Chief Technical Officer since 2012, began his career with Goodyear in 1979 as a commercial truck tire engineer in Akron, Ohio. He then took leadership positions in commercial truck tire development in Luxembourg and in Akron.  Zekoski gained experience in consumer tires when he was assigned as Chief Engineer of tire development for the Asian original equipment manufacturers.  Zekoski has also held many other leadership roles within Goodyear’s technical organizations, including customer engineering, light truck tire development and North America product development.  His business leadership experience encompasses North America’s retread business, as well as the molded products and air spring businesses in the Engineered Products Division.  From 2006 through 2008, Zekoski led Goodyear’s Innovation Center in Luxembourg.

Registration to open in September

Mark your calendar...

The following COE events are scheduled with more details to come, though dates are subject to change. Check back on our events page or look for an e-mail invite closer to the event.

  • Oct. 16 - IT Leadership Network forum
  • Oct. 30 - Supply Chain Forum
  • Dec. 4 - Women's Leadership Forum: Women in Lean
  • Feb. 12, 2016 - Professional Development Meeting
  • April 12-14 - Leading Through Excellence summit