Principal Consultant, Lean Sensei Consulting
Trained as an Electrical Engineer with Ford Motor Company, Dirk Crouse holds Diploma, Bachelor, and Master's degrees in Engineering, Economics, and Entrepreneurial business. Dirk is a veteran of 40 years in the industry and has worked across the globe in South Africa, Europe, USA, Brazil, New Zealand, and Australia - the bulk of which in the Lean space, implementing Lean internationally in the Automotive, Food, Dairy, and Pharmaceutical industries. A number of his roles carried Global responsibilities with companies including Ford, Goodyear, Firestone, Bridgestone, Fonterra, and CSL. Dirk gained his Lean knowledge initially from privileged one-on-one coaching by two successive Lean Sensei over a number of years with Bridgestone, whilst being responsible for the cultural transformation of former Firestone sites to the Bridgestone Lean model. While in South Africa, Dirk also ran a highly successful consulting firm. Now, semi-retired, Dirk’s passion for authentic Lean transformations continues as a trusted authority and Lean Sensei to Australian companies.