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Glenn Hicks

Business Transformation, 

Lean Sensei

Focus = Lean, TPS, Problem-Solving, People

Glenn Hicks is a practical and seasoned change agent with over 40 years of operations experience, 25 of those years at a senior executive level. He is an accomplished leader with proven talent in achieving significant cost savings as well as revenue and profit growth across diverse industries including: aerospace & defense, high tech, medical devices, transportation, e-commerce, railroad, maritime, energy, pulp & paper, steel, construction and mining. His experience includes highly-regulated industries and creating alignment between collective bargaining units and management.


Glenn’s unique combo of business acumen / technical skills has bolstered his reputation as Master Sensei, able to align day-to-day operations with long-term business goals. His unique combination of “blue & white collar” disciplines include: BSIE, executive MBA, journeyman electrician, certificate to administer psychological testing, and TPS training.


Glenn’s operating leadership roles include: Lean Expert for McKinsey and founding member of the firm’s MMP, President of an aviation supply chain company, Director of Operational Excellence & Maintenance for United Airlines, and General Manager of a mining company. He was one of the early leaders in Toyota’s first North American vehicle manufacturing plant, NUMMI, which has been written about in many lean books since its inception.


Glenn has been working alongside StoneTree team members since 2014, including while serving the Canam Group, an AIP investment which included industry-leading Canadian and US steel joist/deck divisions.


Fun facts: early efforts at NUMMI are on display at the Smithsonian; Glenn has a California Real Estate License, was in the Screen Actors Guild, has officiated weddings and funerals and is licensed nationally to coach soccer.


In his free time, Glenn also likes to remodel houses, build/restore old Harleys, Hot Rods and Porsches, and enjoys cooking while spinning 70’s vinyl.