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Senior Executive Lean Corporate Consultant

Dixon, CA
October 31, 2021

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Roderick Steward


Dixon, CA 95620


Results-oriented leader with more than 17 years of progressive management, quality, and performance improvement experience across highly regulated arenas including acute health care, aviation, and maintenance settings. Customer-focused, data-driven, and team-oriented leader embracing continuous improvement to promote increased quality and business outcomes while decreasing defects. Unparalleled hands-on planning and managing multi-million-dollar projects experience in aligning business goals with technology solutions, driving process improvements, competitive advantage, and bottom-line gains. Areas of expertise:

Strategic Hoshin Planning and Deployment Organizational Effectiveness Daily Engagement System

Project Management Lean / Six Sigma Training Management Consulting Lean Management System

Lean Manufacturing Human Factors Optimization Change Management Teaching and Instruction

Kaizen Events Executive Coaching and Mentoring Instructional System Design Value Stream Mapping


Sutter Health

Corporate Senior Lean Executive Coach September 2018 - August 2021

Implemented large-scale improvement programs and projects across the entire $13B Sutter Health integrated 24 Acute hospital, 200 Ambulatory sites, 36 surgery centers, and five medical foundations enterprise.

Championed and led a Lean-based management system throughout the entire enterprise structure.

Mentored healthcare administrators, clinicians, and front-line staff on the application of Lean to solve organizational problems and improve business outcomes.

Directed and managed affiliate, regional, and system level value streams and complex program-level initiatives.

Designed and coached strategy deployment cycle and mentored senior leaders in the development of Lean leadership competencies.

Sutter Health

Regional Senior Lean Executive Coach September 2013 - September 2018

Spearheaded the strategic deployment, teaching, implementation, and coaching of hospital leaders (CEO, COO, CFO, CNE, CME), clinicians, and front-line staff on the application of a Lean Management System to solve organizational challenges.

Facilitated and led improvement projects including Organizational Strategy, Kaizen Events, Value Stream Mapping Sessions, and developed and implemented improvement programs across the organization.

Developed and executed training and infrastructure for the Lean Promotion Office.

Served the Greater Stanislaus County with 623 acute care beds, Memorial Medical Center, Tracy, and Los Banos Hospitals resulting in an excess of $60M in positive net income margin through strategic based improvement activities.


United States Air Force

Retired Master Sergeant (MSGT)

Managed a staff of 63 with 12 direct reports working on multiple global platforms during wartime contingencies operations.

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Mentored, taught, and certified 60 US Air Force military and civilian green and black belt trainees.


Authored, deployed, and managed the Lean Six Sigma vision, strategy, and tactical implementation of the strategic plan for the US Air Force’s largest medical center. Spearheaded 17 new initiatives, pivotal in medical center being recognized as a military “Center of Excellence” 3 years running. Led over 120 rapid improvement events equaling a staggering $212 million in cost savings while increased 24K annual patient throughput by 30%

Facilitated Global Emergency Department Optimization Project yielding 32% decrease in patient transfer waiting times and increased patient satisfaction scores by 23%.

Reduced surgical Close to Next cut time 20% across several Surgical Services Value Streams.

Aviation & Maintenance

Increased Afghanistan/Kandahar aviation roll throughput yield from 41% to 91%; increasing cargo tonnage deliver to US troops from 27 tons to 45 tons of critical food, equipment, and combat personnel successfully delivered, decreased cycle time by 2160 mins, increase queuing factor by 19%, increasing combat effectiveness

Improved customer delivery performance from 65% to 96% while reducing lead times by 80%.

Reduced 10,289 man-hours ($70,256 labor cost avoidance) and saved 650 annual hours in aircraft preventative maintenance; resulting in $9.4M cost savings annually across 3 US Air Force airframes (C-17, C-5, KC-10)

Lowered labor costs $1.2M through defect reduction, 23% increase in floor space utilization.

Enhanced process throughput by 20% through application of Kanban, and Lean Manufacturing.

Boosted throughput yield from 29% to 48% by establishing specific quality metrics to identify, resolve, and prevent engineering quality issues in the manufacturing processes.

Augmented customer delivery performance from 65% to 96% while reducing lead times by 80%.

Enhanced process efficiency by 20%, led to inventory turnover by 145%’ yielding $3.6M savings

Planned, designed, led a C-130 aircraft training worldwide Value Stream mapping project, reducing total process steps by 63%; changing global standards of work, saving $5.4M, decreased inspection time by 27%


(Candidate) Master of Business Administration (MBA), Organizational Leadership

Brandman University, Irvine, CA

Bachelor of Science (BS), Technical Management

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ

Associate of Science (AS), Aerospace and Operational Physiology

Air University Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, CA

Associate of Science (AS), Police Sciences

Air University Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, CA


Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB), US Air Force/University of Tennessee

Certified Master Instructor, US Air Force/Rona Consulting

Certified Public Manager (CPM), Texas State University

Logistics Resource Management, US Air Force

Published Author: “Stewards of Excellence. Leadership Strategies for a Successful Military Transition and Rewarding Civilian Career”

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