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Eric Ethington

President, Lean Shift Consulting

Program Manager & Senior Coach, LPPD Initiative at the Lean Enterprise Institute

Eric Ethington has passion for lean with over 30 years of work experience feeding his passion.   Starting as an Industrial Engineer with General Motors’ AC Spark Plug Division, Eric learned early that continuous improvement required a balance of technical knowledge and interpersonal skills.  Rounding experiences in operations, planning, marketing, engineering and strategy helped to prepare Eric for a lean implementation leadership position with Delphi’s Energy & Engine Management division in Flint, Michigan.  

Beginning in 1998 and coaching engaged cross-functional teams, several brown-field plants in the Flint area underwent significant transformations.  Initially on a list to be either sold or closed, now they were on a path to competitiveness.   In 2001 Eric moved to Delphi’s World Headquarters as the manager of the corporate lean team responsible for supporting Delphi’s six divisions with their lean transformations.  Additionally, this team was tasked with the development, launch and operation of a “lean boot camp” for Delphi’s 650 executives worldwide.  

July of 2005 Eric started the next phase of his career. Taking a position at Textron, Eric earned his Six Sigma Black Belt in Design while mentoring multiple Green Belts and Black Belts.  Afterwards, as part of the internal lean consulting organization, experience was gained implementing lean in defense, aerospace, consumer products and financial industries. 

In 2009 Eric founded Lean Shift Consulting, focusing on developing others to be lean leaders and transform their own organizations.  In doing so Eric has expanded his industry experience to include medical equipment, healthcare, software and distribution.  Likewise in 2009, Eric began to support LEI’s Lean Enterprise Partners program by offering coaching services to the companies who were members of the partnership.  

February of 2016 Eric’s role at LEI shifted to managing and growing their Lean Product & Process Development initiative ( ).  This initiative is expanding the under explored science of using product & process development to truly transform the extended enterprise, with the ultimate goal of developing successful value streams.  

Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Kettering University (formerly GMI) and an MBA in Operations from the University of Michigan, Flint campus.  He serves on the Board of Directors at Goodwill Industries of Mid-Michigan as well as the Alumni Advisory Board for the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering department at Kettering University.  He and his family call Grand Blanc, Michigan home.


Matt Zayko

Owner, Zayko Consulting

Senior Coach, LPPD Initiative at the Lean Enterprise Institute

Matt Zayko has over twenty years of experience in leading lean enterprise improvements in numerous industries by helping them transform product development, engineering, manufacturing, service processes, and operating systems in a variety of staff- and management-level roles under the guidance of former Toyota mentors and sensei.  


Currently, Matt works with leading organizations in a wide range of industries including healthcare, service, distribution, and manufacturing, as well as researching and developing lean principles with systems thinking. Matt has authored numerous works based on successful transformation, including articles that have been published in “Journal of Quality Engineering” and “IIE Solutions”, a chapter in the 1998 Shingo-Prizewinning book “Becoming Lean”, and white papers for the Lean Enterprise Institute.  Matt is also a frequent presenter at conferences related to lean transformation.


After receiving a B.S. from Alma College in Physics and a M.S. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in Industrial & Operations Engineering, Matt worked over a twelve-year period for Chrysler Corporation / University of Michigan, Gelman Sciences, General Motors / Delphi Corporation, and Pall Corporation (now part of Danaher) before affiliating with the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI).  Matt is a long-time faculty member of LEI (, working closely with smaller, entrepreneurial-minded organizations, as well as larger, global companies.