Boaz Tamir is Founder and President of Israel Lean Enterprise Institute. He has extensive experience in entrepreneurship, turn around processes, company management, and academic research, and has contributed his knowledge to the business development and marketing of some of the largest and most successful organizations in Israel. Tamir is a founding and managing partner of Montefiore Partners Venture Capital Fund and has also served as founder and director of Romold Group, a multinational company specializing in environmental technologies and the development and production of infrastructure products for water and waste-water management and telecommunication. Tamir holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Management from MIT.
Cam Ford is an editor, writer, and content manager at the Lean Enterprise Institute, as well as the managing editor of LEI's blog, The Lean Post. He is a journalist by education and a marketer by trade, and blends these two very different types of communication together to oversee the stream of content for LEI's online publications. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Jim Morgan is Senior Advisor for Product and Process Development at The Lean Enterprise Institute and lead coach for LEI's LPPD Learning Group. Dr. Morgan was Director, Global Body Exterior, Safety, and SBU Engineering at Ford Motor Company during the product-led revitalization under CEO, Alan Mulally. Prior to Ford, he was Vice President at TDM, a tier one, global automotive supplier of engineering services, prototypes, tools, and low volume parts and assemblies. Jim holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is co-author of The Toyota Product Development System: Integrating People, Process, and Technology and has developed and taught graduate courses on lean manufacturing and product development.
John Drogosz is a product and process development coach at the Lean Enterprise Institute. John has over 20 years of lean manufacturing, product development and above shop floor experience. As Vice President at Liker Lean Advisors, he has led lean transformations in a number of companies across various industries, including Northrop Grumman, Johnson Controls, Areva, Peugeot-Citroen, Tenneco, Johnson Controls, Eaton, Hertz, Schlumberger, Harley-Davidson, Embraer and Caterpillar.
Dr. Drogosz currently teaches classes in LPPD and lean manufacturing for the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. He is a contributor to the book Toyota Product Development System by James Morgan and Jeffrey Liker, as well as Liker’s book The Toyota Way to Continuous Improvement.
In the past he held a management role in enterprise-wide lean implementation at Delphi Automotive and worked through John Shook’s TWI Network. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s and Ph.D in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Katrina Appell is a learner, researcher, and lean coach with experience in product development and healthcare. She has been a lean coach at the University of Michigan Health System and a senior lean consultant at Optiprise specializing in lean product development.
Katrina has a PhD and MSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a B.S. in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Katrina is past President of the Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering Alumni and Advisory Board at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.