VP Lean Business
“Manufacturing is a team sport. There are real-time measures that the team is working to deliver and improve upon. Communication, skill, experience, diversity of mindset, new competitors, etc. all combine for an ever-changing, exciting game.”
As Vice President of Lean Business at Hillenbrand, Inc., Jan was recruited to build upon the excellent tradition of lean thinking at Batesville Casket Company and extend it throughout the enterprise and into acquired business platforms and operating companies.
Prior to joining Hillenbrand, Jan was Vice President of Operations for Parker Hannifin Corporation’s hydraulics group. There she oversaw and improved performance within several North American operations. Before Parker Hannifin, Jan was Vice President of Lean Enterprise and Quality, where she developed and deployed the Parker Lean System. Jan developed her Lean knowledge and experience through managerial roles during her 18 years with Delphi Automotive Systems and General Motors.
Jan is active in Kiwanis and currently serves as Program Coordinator for the Kids & Us tutoring program.