Partner and COO, The Murli Group
Partner and COO at The Murli Group, Mark R. Hamel is an award-winning author, blogger, and speaker. He has played a transformative role in lean implementations across a broad range of industries including aerospace and defense, automotive, building products, business services, chemical, durable goods, electronics, insurance, healthcare, electric power, and transportation services. Mark has successfully coached lean leaders and associates at both the strategic and tactical levels.
In his 19-year pre-consulting career, Mark held executive and senior positions within operations, strategic planning, business development, and finance. His lean education and experience began in the early 1990s when he conceptualized and helped launch what resulted in a Shingo-Prize-winning effort at the Ensign-Bickford Company.
Mark holds a B.S. in mathematics from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., M.S. in professional accounting from the University of Hartford, and an M.A. in theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He is a CPA in the state of Connecticut and is dual APICS certified in production and inventory management (CPIM) and integrated resource management (CIRM). Mark was a national Shingo Prize examiner for eight years, has helped develop exam questions for the AME/SME/Shingo Lean Certification, and is Juran certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Mark authored the Kaizen Event Fieldbook: Foundation, Framework, and Standard Work for Effective Events and co-authored Lean Math: Figuring to Improve. Both SME-published books won a Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award, in 2010 and 2017, respectively. He is the founder and primary contributor of the lean blog, Gemba Tales, co-founder of the Lean Math blog and was a regular columnist for Quality Digest. Mark has been a faculty member of the Lean Enterprise Institute since 2012.