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Dantar Oosterwal

Dantar is highly regarded as a global thought-leader in Lean Innovation & Product Development systems. He is a Lean Product Development practitioner, advisor, speaker, and award-winning author. He has a passion for learning and applying lean product development systems to impact improvement of business performance.

Dantar has championed many large and global operational improvement initiatives as well as developed and led Lean Innovation transformations for organizations resulting in profound improvements to both top-line revenue and bottom-line efficiency. He has been awarded the Shingo Prize for his work in Lean Innovation by the Shingo Institute, the Outstanding Corporate Innovator award from PDMA, and several product patents. Dantar has served as the Global Vice President of Innovation at Sara Lee and Product Development & Product Planning Leader at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. His consulting experience spans a diversity of industries ranging from raw materials (mining and chemicals) to high-tech defense systems.

Dantar recently coauthored the book, “Visible Knowledge for Flawless Design” together with Dr. Durward Sobek based on the work of Dr. Allen Ward which focuses on the creation of reusable knowledge. Previously he authored the popular book, “The Lean Machine” which was awarded the Shingo literature prize. The book describes the lean product development transformation at Harley-Davidson. As an avid proponent of lean product development, he continues to promote lean product development and share his experiences to help companies learn and institute Lean development practices.

Dantar is Sr. VP & Partner for the Lean Product Development practice at Argo Consulting. He is currently working on his PhD at Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne (EPFL) in the area of Lean Product Development. He holds a master’s degree in management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Michigan.


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