Title: Chief Development Officer

Company: Catalysis


Helen Zak serves as the Chief Development Officer of Catalysis, a not for profit educational institute with a mission to transform the healthcare industry using lean thinking.

Helen has 32 years of lean leadership experience in a wide range of industries, including automotive, capital equipment and high tech.  Formerly, COO of the Lean Enterprise Institute for 10 years,  Helen worked with Jim Womack to spread the topic of lean throughout the world and to every industry.  Helen has contributed to 20 published works on the topic of lean as well as numerous educational programs and is a frequent speaker on the topic.   

Helen helped to establish the Lean Education Academic Network, The Lean Global Network, the Catalysis Healthcare Value Network and the Center for Lean Engagement and Research.

Helen is on the Shingo Institute Advisory Board, New England VA VERC Advisory Board, Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership Board of Directors and a Steering Committee Member of the Lean Education Academic Network.  In addition, Helen is faculty for the Institute of Healthcare Improvement and faculty and coach for the Master of Business of Operational Excellence Program at Fisher College of Business at Ohio State.

Helen received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University and a MS in Operations Management and MS in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University.