Jeff Howard

Jeff is an accomplished executive leader with more than 27 years of experience helping businesses transform and improve performance. He has worked with many Fortune 500 senior executives and led numerous global operational excellence deployments and performance transformations.

Jeff was previously a managing director with Accenture and a principal at George Group. His roles have included managing director of process excellence, global lead of execution excellence, and global lead of lean transformation. Jeff also spent over a decade helping to drive operational excellence for a world class manufacturing company.

Jeff has deep capabilities and experience in many manufacturing and service industries, including chemicals, building products, metals, transportation, distribution, packaging, paper, consumer products, retail, pharmaceutical, high tech & communications, financial services, healthcare, and others.

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Notable Achievements

  • Led a large transformation initiative at a major Berkshire Hathaway manufacturing company that resulted in benefits of $40M+ in less than a year.
  • Achieved a multi-million dollar return on investment with a global effort at a major building material manufacturer to reduce inventory, waste, and lead time.
  • Led a major effort to reduce lead time at a large manufacturer of heavy machinery from 16 months to less than a year, resulting in market share retention and growth.
  • Managed a multi-year operational excellence transformation for a large, diverse global manufacturer that resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in savings the first two years.
  • Designed and led a major transformation at a top 10 bank to drive world-class performance.
  • Led efforts to improve the retail operations of a large consumer products company that resulted in dramatic operational and supply chain improvements.


Auburn University
BS Industrial Engineering

Certified Master Black Belt

Firefly Publications