Joe Kane


Joe spent 26 years with Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) with 15 of these years dedicated to TPS and Lean deployment.  As an Associate Dean for the University of Toyota (UOT), a corporate university, his research and practical application of TPS, TBP curriculum and High Impact Teams training have been effectively applied across warehouse operations, vehicle distribution centers, marketing, administration, financial, and field support organizations, including Toyota’s partners and UOT external clients.
He also helped launch the Toyota Consulting Group, the University’s Center for Lean Thinking, now called the Center for Toyota Way, and initiated the design and implementation of the first company-wide TPS Certification Program.  His extensive experience and practical approach developing trainers and consulting with Toyota senior leaders, has had a direct impact on business results. This impact has led to the development and growth of a culture of Kaizen, Jishuken, PDCA, and VSM (visualization) in TMS.
Joe is certified by the Toyota Institute, Japan, in Toyota Business Practice
(TBP) an advanced problem solving methodology, and TMS as a certified Jishuken and Kaizen leader. He has MBA from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California.