Kathy Hunter


Kathy Hunter began her career in lean manufacturing at New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), a joint venture between General Motors and Toyota. As a production Team Leader, she had the opportunity to learn the Toyota Production System in Japan as part of the Team Leader training program. She returned to Japan several times after being promoted to Group Leader and while working on the ‘89 model change project, and then again as the Project Manager for the successful launch of the ’98 model change (Prizm and Corolla). She was then promoted to Assistant Manager in the Tacoma Truck Paint Shop. During her 15 years at NUMMI, she was certified by master trainers in Standardized Work, Job Instruction Training, PDCA, and Practical Problem Solving and was instrumental in the TPS training of production team members and management. Because of her production background, Kathy is most comfortable on the shop floor. She is a hands-on trainer, combining classroom training and practical application. In 2000, Kathy was asked to come to General Motors to help implement the Global Manufacturing System (GMS). She was part of a team that helped GM change the way they manufactured cars and trucks in North America. After five years leading GM’s lean plant conversions, she was  assigned to an elite team which supported the launch of new plants in India, Russia and Mexico. Her responsibilities included the introduction and deployment of GMS, ensuring “lean” was built into each process from groundbreaking through start of production. In the past three years, Kathy has supported various companies in their pursuit of establishing a lean culture. Some include Tecumseh Products, WellStar Health System and Navistar Truck and Bus, all of which have achieved numerous process improvements throughout their organizations.