Lean Management consultants ready to help your company reach the next level:

Jacek M. Brzeski, Ph.D.

Managing Director Europe

Jacek Brzeski has over 20 years of experience in implementing world class manufacturing programs for companies in the automotive, electronics, food, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and construction industries. During his career he has conducted several hundred improvement workshops and training classes. He has also developed training programs in TPM, SMED, 5S, Kaizen, Value Stream Mapping, DMAIC and others.

Jacek has a B.S. in Applied Physics and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University where he has also taught materials science and engineering courses. He is a published author. His experience in industry includes implementing continuous improvement programs at Echlin, Inc., Dana Corporation and A. W. Chesterton in the United States.

James A. VanGieson, Jr.

Managing Director USA

Jim VanGieson has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing operations management in hundreds of plants with thousands of processes. He spent ten years as a Plant Manager and twelve years in executive management at the Director or Vice President Level. He has lead Lean manufacturing transformation in public and private companies, successfully developing two corporate continuous improvement programs: IMPACT (see also here) in 1994 at Dana Corporation, used in 55 plants and distribution centers; UCGBS in 2004 at United Components Inc. used in 25 facilities.


Jim studied Lean Manufacturing in Japan in 1990 and is certified by the University of Kentucky and Dana University. He has a Bachelors Degree from the University of Kentucky in Lexington and MBA from Saint Francis University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and has published three train-the-trainer manuals: Kaizen Workshop Manual5S Manual and Implementation Process and IMPACT Specialists Toolkit.