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A Lean "Plant Rat" Becomes CEO

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TOM WALSH: DCX shifts into future

LaSorda's challenge: Keep up momentum

Chrysler's Tom LaSorda, a “plant rat” turns CEO

Tom LaSorda, a former GM guy who moved to DCX, has been named Chrysler Group president and chief executive. It's nice to see a manufacturing guy heading any automotive organization, rather than the finance or marketing guys.

“Chrysler is for real. Tom LaSorda is the strongest lean-manufacturing guy at a top level,” Ron Harbour, president of Harbour Consulting, told the Free Press in June. “He's taking his background in lean manufacturing and drilling it into product people, purchasing and other departments and getting them to all buy in.”

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is an anthology titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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