Dave LaHote is a retired senior executive who is currently an educator and advisor to organizations making the lean leap. From 2006 to 2011, Dave served as the president, Lean Education, for the Lean Enterprise Institute in Cambridge, MA.
Dave came to LEI with over 35 years of experience in manufacturing and service companies. Dave ran business units in Parker Hannifin, Eaton, and Aeroquip-Vickers Corporation and previously held senior management positions in marketing, business development, and human resources. He is a “shop rat” having grown up in the family manufacturing business. In the early 1990’s he was responsible for lean implementation across a diverse $2 billion manufacturing company and began his long-term relationship with Jim Womack, founder and chairman of LEI.
Dave has taught executive education classes on a wide variety of lean manufacturing, strategy development and management topics. He is currently on the faculty of the University of Michigan’s Lean Healthcare program and has been a part of Ohio State University’s Masters in Operational Excellence program.
Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a master’s degree in Organizational Development from Bowling Green State University