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Jean Cunningham is widely recognized for her pioneering work in Lean Accounting, IT, HR and other non-production functions and what has today become known as the lean business management system or the lean office. Jean previously served as CFO at Lantech Inc., whose transformation was featured in Lean Thinking, and Marshfield Door Systems. She also served as the voluntary CFO for the Association of Manufacturing Excellence.
Jean is principle of Jean Cunningham Consulting, which provides lean business management services including workshops, kaizen events, and strategic coaching. She is in demand as a speaker at lean conferences and teaches Lean Accounting for The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, Master of Business Operational Excellence program. Jean is a board member of the Lean Enterprise Institute. She has a bachelor’s in accounting from Indiana University and a master’s from Northeastern University’s Executive Program. Jean is co-author of Real Numbers: management accounting in a lean organization and Easier, Simpler, Faster: systems strategy for Lean IT, which won 2004 and 2008 Shingo Research Prizes, respectively. In 2018 she authored The Value Add Accountant.
Orry was Vice President of Finance and Administration and a Director of The Wiremold Company, West Hartford, CT, which gained international recognition as a leader in lean business management in Lean Thinking by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones.
Orry led Wiremold’s conversion to lean accounting in 1991 and developed alternate management accounting systems that supported the company’s entire lean business efforts. Orry has studied lean production in both the U.S. and Japan and has been a guest speaker at conferences around the world. He has taught workshops on management accounting in a lean business and given workshops on lean leadership to senior executives.
Orry is the co-author of the 2004 Shingo Prize-winning book Real Numbers: Management Accounting in a Lean Organization. Most recently, he is a co-author of The Lean Strategy. He was also inducted as a Life Member of the Shingo Prize Academy.