Stephen Chun, Managing Director & Executive Consultant

Lean Executive Consultant, Kazu SuzukiStephen has over 22 years international Business and Lean Leadership expertise transforming operations into a competitive strategic weapon. He has considerable experience in both the public and private sectors driving strategic and sustainable improvements.

His effective personal approach to develop human capability, simply illuminate and illustrate the problem(s) and coaching style to thread strategic business issues from top to bottom shows in his ability to enable clients to achieve sustained superior competitive advantage.

He was Manager, Toyota Production System Department, Toyota Motor Manufacturing-TABC, Inc., where his growing reputation led to his recruitment by McKinsey & Co. as an Engagement Manager/Consultant to help develop their Manufacturing Operation’s practice across North America, Europe and parts of Asia. His subsequent leadership roles include:

• Vice President of Manufacturing/Business Development for Cirrus Design aircraft to lead the manufacturing turnaround that created the world's largest single engine piston aircraft company in the world, growing the company from 11% to 30% market share in less than two years while doubling operation efficiencies.

• VP Operations for MicroDental Laboratories, where after stagnating seven years under previous private equity management, he successfully improved operations, integrated two acquisitions and prepared the company for sale in 14 months.

• Interim COO for ICON Aircraft.

• Interim General Manager for Veridiam Medical.

• Member Board of Directors for Victory Industrial Products.

In the public sector, Stephen was also served as Senior Executive Service Sr. Advisor (a brigadier general equivalent civilian grade) to the US Air Force Pacific Commander (4-star general now USAF vice chief of staff) to introduce and standardize Lean as part of the military education, and was a key player to develop and pilot a Strategic Alignment and Deployment model now being deployed globally to improve the effectiveness this 700,000 person organization. Transferring Lean leadership skills and knowledge to senior Air Force leaders enabled them to achieve increased mission demands with lower budgets.

Stephen earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo and an MBA from University California Irvine.