2013 Keynote speaker: James Womack

Lean Summit

International Lean Summit – Program Series with James Womack

“The life of lean is experiments. All authority for any sensei flows from experiments on the gemba [the place where work takes place], not from dogmatic interpretations of sacred texts or the few degrees of separation from the founders of the movement. In short, lean is not a religion but a daily practice of conducting experiments and accumulating knowledge.”

So writes Jim Womack, who over the past 30 years has developed a method of going to visit the gemba at countless companies and keenly observing how people work together to create value. Over the past decade, he has shared his thoughts and discoveries from these visits with the Lean Community through a monthly letter. With Gemba Walks, Womack has selected and re-organized his key letters, as well as written new material providing additional context.

After publishing books Learning to See and Managing to Learn in Hungarian last year, Gemba Walks will follow in the beginning of June. For this occasion James P. Womack the author of this book, founder and senior advisor of Lean Enterprise Institute will visit us.

For his visit we are organizing a series of lean programs which will last for four days, from Monday to Thursday. Our International Lean Summit, 2013 will take place on the third day – June, 12th – where among other well-known experts of Hungary he will be our keynote speaker. Please, find the details and the application form of our lean programs below.

June 10th, 2013 (Monday) – Gemba Walk – Only available for one of the corporate members of LEI Hungary

12:00 – 16:00 Gemba Walk with James P. Womack
This Gemba Walk which is done by James Womack is only available for one of our corporate members of our Association. During this program Jim Womack will walk a selected value stream (operations, sales, finance, customer service…etc.) with the company’s management team, then give feedback about his observations. There is a chance for the management to ask questions and discuss the challenges, problems they are currently facing.

June 11th, 2013 (Tuesday) – Gemba Walk – Only available for one of the corporate members of LEI Hungary

9:00 – 13:00 Gemba Walk with James P. Womack
This Gemba Walk which is done by James Womack is only available for one of our corporate members of our Association. During this program Jim Womack will walk a selected value stream (operations, sales, finance, customer service…etc.) with the company’s management team, then give feedback about his observations. There is a chance for the management to ask questions and discuss the challenges, problems they are currently facing.
For more details please send your inquiry to info@lean.org.hu

June 12th, 2013 (Wednesday)


June 13th, 2013 (Thursday) – Only available for members of LEI Hungary

8:30 – 11:45 Lean Manager Roundtable
2 x 1,5 hours roundtable discussion with James Womack for lean managers of our corporate members and private members with lean manager role.

15:00 – 19:30 Lean Executive Roundtable
2 x 1,5  hours roundtable discussion and dinner together with James Womack for executives of our corporate members.


About the Speakers (in order of appearance)


James P. Womack Ph.D. is a management expert, founder and senior advisor to the Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc., a nonprofit training, publishing, conference, and management research company chartered in August 1997 to advance a set of ideas known as lean production and lean thinking, based initially on Toyota’s business system and now being extended to an entire lean management system.

The intellectual basis for the Cambridge, MA-based Institute is described in a series of books and articles co-authored by Womack and Daniel Jones over the past 20 years. The most widely known books are: The Machine That Changed the World (Macmillan/Rawson Associates, 1990), Lean Thinking/Lean szemlélet (Simon & Schuster, 1996), Lean Solutions (Simon & Schuster, 2005), and Seeing The Whole Value Stream (Lean Enterprise Institute, 2011). Articles include: “From Lean Production to the Lean Enterprise” (Harvard Business Review, March-April, 1994), “Beyond Toyota: How to Root Out Waste and Pursue Perfection” (Harvard Business Review, September-October, 1996), “Lean Consumption” (Harvard Business Review, March-April, 2005).

Womack received a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1970, a master’s degree in transportation systems from Harvard in 1975, and a Ph.D. in political science from MIT in 1982 (for a dissertation on comparative industrial policy in the U.S., Germany, and Japan). During the period 1975-1991, he was a full-time research scientist at MIT directing a series of comparative studies of world manufacturing practices. As research director of MIT’s International Motor Vehicle Program, Womack led the research team that coined the term “lean production” to describe Toyota’s business system.

Womack served as the Institute’s chairman and CEO from 1997 until 2010 when he was succeeded by John Shook.

Dr. Clemens Eiche

Dr. Eiche Clemens studied physics in Freiburg and Brighton (GB). Following his studies, he was working as a section manager in the Fraunhofer Institute in the area of testing and was primarily leading projects for Infineon. In the last 15 years he has been assigned tovarious management tasks in the Robert Bosch business unit of automotive electronics.

Within the framework of this activity he has collected lots of experience concerning the implementation of the Bosch Production system (BPS). He used this experience during the recent years being responsible for the advanced development of BPS in the division of Automotive Electronics. In this function he supported 13 plants worldwide with a turnover of about 5 billion €. The qualification of managers, the advanced development of BPS and the establishment of lean production lines were in the focus of his assignment. As of 1st April, 2013 he is responsible for the technical functions (TEF) in the Reutlingen 2 plant. His main task consists of BPS compliant planning and introduction of new products.


Martin Melkowitsch was born in Vienna, is married and he is an Austrian citizen. He learned mechanical and industrial engineering at the Technical University of Vienna, where graduated as technical and industrial engineer (MSc) in 1995. From 1998 to 2003 learned at California State University, Hayward, and received MBA Graduate in 2003.
Former workplaces: IT Support Unit Leader (Frequentis Nachrichtentechnik Co) and in various managerial roles and in multiple countries supporting Infrastructure & Organizational Development at GE Global Consumer Finance until 2007. From 2007 to 2010 Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board at Volksbank Hungary. From 2010 working as Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board at Raiffeisen Bank Hungary. In 2000 Martin won the “Year 2000 Award” and in 2001 the “Pinnacle Award” for outstanding performance in various business actions at GE Money. Martin’s mother tongue is German however he is fluent in English and knows his way around in Spanish.


Attila Böszörményi, Managing Director of Eissmann Automotive Hungaria Ltd. has graduated as mechanical engineer at Lajos Kossuth University, Debrecen. He has worked in various roles at FAG Hungary Ltd. from 1999 to 2005, starting as a maintenance engineer, finishing as Managing Director from 2003.

With the lean knowledge and dedication he has gained over these years, he took over the leadership of Eissmann Automotive Hungaria Ltd. in year 2006. Together with his team, during 6 years of consistent work, he has turned this company around and won the „Lean Production Award” in 2012.

They have been working with the Toyoda Gosei company for more than three years in a partnership agreement, which he evaluates as the highlight of his lean career. Under his leadership the Hungarian plant became the concern’s lean competence and training center, supporting all other sister plants in lean trainings and implementation.


Alan Honan, Operation Director for AmRest Kft. has been with AmRest for 3 years working in the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. Alan is a graduate from the Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland, with an Honors Bachelor in Business Studies. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and has attended courses at IMD Business School in Lausanne. Alan – a former professional rugby player – is alumni of Deloitte where he held positions in HR for the CEE region and in Financial Services Consulting.

AmRest – operator of KFC, Starbucks, La Tagliatella and Pizza Hut – is a $1 billion company and headquartered in Wroclaw, Poland. AmRest initiated its Lean journey some three years ago and after a trying start have implemented a Deployment system for its front of house operation and are actively using Lean Tools in problem solving. AmRest is committed to becoming one of the pioneers in Lean Thinking in its sector.


László Mérő is originally a mathematician, later he took his doctor’s degree in technical sciences (artificial intelligence). In the last 30 years he has been working as a research psychologist, currently he is the professor of Eötvös Lóránd University’s Institute of Psychology. His courses are: Economic Psychology, Human Thinking and Decision, Logic of Emotions, Game Theory, Memetics, Research Methodology. He has managed a game software development company for close to 20 years, also working with Ernő Rubik for some years. Since then he is rather helping other companies as a consultant, coach. As the co-founder of the company called Darwin’s Marketing Evolution, he has spent his last 10 years developing the technology of memetical marketing research. Their results are successfully used as the foundation of memetical communication of several known brands and products. His books which were written for the wider intellectual community (Ways of thinking, Moral calculations, The biology of money, The logic of feelings) were published in 8 languages so far, the second book won the „The science book of 1998 in Germany” award. Three books were also published from his short writings („five minute essays”).

The Summit is moderated by


Antónia Mészáros is a journalist, television presenter and documentary filmmaker. Currently she is hosting ATV’s live Sunday night current affairs program titled „Szabad Szemmel” (Eyes Open) and the morning show „Start”. She is also running a small company training and consulting corporate clients in communication and media strategy. From 2007 to 2011 she was hosting the daily news and current affairs program „Az Este” (Newsnight) on MTV1, Hungarian Public Broadcasting. During this period she also directed documentaries for BBC World. From 2000 to 2006 she lived in London, working in the BBC’s News and Documentaries departments, mainly on the BBC’s flagship current affairs program „Panorama”. She had worked as a war correspondent and in various hostile environments, often as a self-shooting video-journalist. In 2006 she wrote a book about the plight of Eastern European migrants in the UK. From 2000 to 2007 she was a regular contributor to the daily newspaper „Népszabadság”. She studied English Literature and Journalism at ELTE University in Budapest and at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. She is the president for the Foundation for Excellence in Journalism.