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Deb Liefer

Senior Process Improvement Specialist

Deb Liefer is a "hands on" implementer of Lean Manufacturing Systems. She was a Plant Floor Supervisor at Donnelly Corporation for over fifteen years, and her first intensive training in lean was during the highly successful transformation led by Russ Scaffede when he was Donnelly's world-wide manufacturing executive. This project is described in the book "The Leadership Roadmap," co-authored by Russ and Donnelly's CEO at the time, Duane Baumgardner. Her mastery of all aspects of lean implementation on the plant floor at Donnelly led to her promotion to Manufacturing Manager and then her selection as one of the senior corporate leaders of the Donnelly Production System (DPS.) Deb left Donnelly in 2005 and began providing lean consulting services to a diversified list of international manufacturing clients. She has also taught lean at Ohio State University and the University of Michigan. She has worked with the OPS leadership team on a number of lean implementation projects. Deb is deeply knowledgeable in plant floor lean tools, and works exceptionally well with people on the plant floor. She is highly effective at helping build strong operational teams and achieving lean project goals with excellence, on time and within budget.

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