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The Author
George Koenigsaecker is a principal investor in several Lean enterprises.
He is a board member of the Shingo Prize (the international award for
“Lean enterprises”), the Association of Manufacturing Excellence, the
edaCare Center for Healthcare Value, Baird Capital Partners, Genor
Venture Partners, Simpler Consulting, and Watlow Electric Corporation.
From 1992 until 1999, Koenigsaecker led the Lean conversion of the
HON Company, a $1.5-billion oce furniture manufacturer. During this
period, his eorts led to a tripling of volume and culminated in HON
Industries being named by IndustryWeek magazine as one of the “Worlds
Best Managed Companies.
Prior to this time, Koenigsaecker was with the Danaher Corporation,
where he was president of the Jacobs Vehicle Equipment Company (whose
Lean conversion is featured in the book Lean inking by Jim Womack
and Dan Jones) and group president of the Tool Group, then the largest
business unit of Danaher. In addition to leading the Lean conversion of
these operations, Koenigsaecker developed and implemented the Danaher
Business System, a comprehensive Lean enterprise model.
In addition, Koenigsaecker has held senior management positions
in nance, marketing, and operations with Rockwell International and
Deere & Company. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School.

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