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Lean Celebrities

Summit 2022

Kevin Goering

Partner, San Francisco

Kevin is a leader in McKinsey’s Operations Practice and the leader of McKinsey’s North American Manufacturing sector.  He has deep expertise in diagnosing operational opportunity and in leading transformations across industries, ranging across supply chain, product development, manufacturing, and procurement topics. He is also a core leader of McKinsey’s Industry 4.0 practice


Industry 4.0

I4.0 value capture is real but 70% of companies are stalling out and capturing at scale value

We have partnered with the World Economic Forum, and have driven hundreds of transformations on this topic, combining to identify what separates the winners from the stall-outs

We will discuss attributes from the 103 global lighthouses identified, including requirements on how to identify solutions that drive value, deployment lessons learned including frontline change mgmt.., and best practices on IT/OT and capabilities

We will also share targeted case examples to bring this to life and help companies think through how to best deploy going forward


Kevin has been with McKinsey for 10+ years in our operations practice.  Before McKinsey, Kevin was a nuclear qualified Submarine Officer in the United States Navy, receiving his B.S. in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, his M.S. in Applied Science from the Naval Postgraduate School, and his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of San Diego


Associate Partner, New York

Rahul Shahani

Rahul is a leader in McKinsey’s North American Industry 4.0 service line for Manufacturing. He has 10 years of experience working in manufacturing and digital product development functions including the last 5 years focusing on Industry 4.0 / digital manufacturing at McKinsey


Alan Davies

Senior Expert, Miami

Alan Davies is a Supply Chain Senior Expert with McKinsey & Company. He has extensive global experience in end-to-end operations, having held manufacturing, lean six sigma, and supply chain roles in Europe, Asia, the US and Latin America. Alan serves across industries in the B2B/B2C space with a focus on warehouse and service level improvement. Alan leads our warehousing service line in NA

Sara Loewenthal

Solution Manager, Atlanta

Sara Loewenthal Leads the Digital Capability Center in Atlanta. The center develops immersive operations workshops building capabilities and curiosity of clients to make digital transformations come to fruition

There are 12 different digital capability centers globally all focusing on digital transformations across the operations space in various different industries


Sid Khanna

Expert Associate Partner, Southern California

Sid Khanna is an Expert in McKinsey’s Manufacturing & Supply Chain practice with over a decade of experience in digital, automation and operational excellence

Henry Marcil

Associate Partner, San Francisco

Henry co-leads McKinsey’s Supply Chain Resiliency Service Line globally. He serves operations and engineering management teams across aerospace and defense, electronics, industrial equipment, semiconductor, and high tech on manufacturing, supply chain, and product development


David Beaumont

Senior Expert, Southern California

David primarily serves clients in global manufacturing transformation programs – He has more than 25 years of operations experience, holding a variety of leadership positions in the U.S. with global responsibilities including GM, VP Transformation, and VP Strategic Initiatives

He has a focus in Aerospace and Automotive sectors -, across a broad range of manufacturing operational excellence topics, such as supplier development, direct & indirect manpower productivity, plant layout & design, maintenance, production launch & production preparation

David Liang

Associate Partner, Southern California

David is a leader in McKinsey’s Manufacturing and Supply Chain service line, focusing on manufacturing topics including I4.0 and quality. He serves clients on global operations transformations across a number of different industries with a focus on advanced industries such as automotive, assembly, and industrials


Douglas Ferguson

President of Voltage Control

Douglas Ferguson is an entrepreneur and human-centered technologist. He is the founder and president of Voltage Control, an Austin-based change agency that helps enterprises spark, accelerate, and sustain innovation. He specializes in helping teams work better together through participatory decision-making and design-inspired facilitation techniques. He has helped transform teams from Nike, U.S. SOCOM, Google, the Air Force, Apple, Adobe, Dropbox, Fidelity, Vrbo, Liberty Mutual, Humana, and SAIC.

Douglas is a thought leader and master facilitator of Design Sprints, Innovation Acceleration, Team Alignment, Meeting Systems, Culture Transitions, and Change Transformations. He is also the author of four books: Magical Meetings, Beyond the Prototype, How to Remix Anything, and Start Within, He has been published in Forbes, Fast Company, Innovation Leader, and is a regular contributor to The Future Shapers. He publishes a weekly podcast called Control the Room.


Motivated by a mission to rid the world of horrible meetings and offer meaningful magical meetings in their place, Voltage Control is calling upon fellow facilitators to transform meeting and innovation culture. From free weekly community meetups to Control the Room–the annual facilitator summit, Voltage Control is building a community of facilitators to change the world

Douglas is active in the Austin startup community where he serves on the board of several non-profits, mentors startups, and advises early-stage ventures. Prior to founding Voltage Control, Douglas held CTO positions at numerous Austin startups where he led product and engineering teams.


Howard Kinkade

Lean Cafe


Following ten years as an engineer in the aerospace industry, Howard joined Solar Turbines first as a NPI leader in 2004.  His background and experience include engineering analysis, design engineer, test engineering, NPI leader, project engineering,  project manager, and various Engineering Management positions.  In 2008, Howard  joined Solar’s Gas Turbine engine Products Development group.  During this period he incorporated lean principles and developed teams with unique cultural values.  Howard led two engine NPI programs which achieved new heights in time to market, initial product quality, and financial performance.

Howard's leadership and lean methods have been benchmarked by numerous companies from around the world and featured in the book Designing The Future (Morgan and Liker). As the Manager of Products Management he led a cultural transformation in Engineering, including a transition from a traditional “Push and Chase” culture of managing our workflow to a true pull system. He is a well versed and inspirational mentor of many lean methodologies, including A-3 problem solving, Obeya, Kanban, Set Base Engineering, Visual Communication, and Value Stream Mapping.

Howard recently retired from Solar Turbines and now lives in California’s beautiful central coast, yet still excited to inspire others on their lean journey. His under-graduate degree is in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Howard Kinkade has nearly forty years of Engineering, Product and Process leadership.  Most recently he was the Manager of Products Management in the Gas Compressor Business for Solar Turbines Inc. (A Caterpillar Company).  He was accountable for the development and program execution of new and sustaining product strategies. Howard’s work includes extensive application of traditional and innovative Lean Product Development Methods. Having spent the last 15 years leading teams and organizations through innovative change and re-birth, Howard believes in the importance of leadership’s engagement in creating high performing cultural values that continuously evolves and constantly improves toward a common vision.

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