AGL 162: Mark DeLuzio

About Mark

flatlineMark DeLuzio is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lean Horizons Consulting, LLC ( He is a former corporate officer and Vice President of Danaher Business System (DBS) for Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR), where he was the principal architect of DBS, deploying it on a global basis. Mark was selected by Danaher to be on the first study mission to Japan, studying under the original developers of the Toyota Production System. DBS has been credited by Wall Street as a key element to Danaher’s success.  Danaher has been recognized as the leading implementer of Lean globally and has been rated as the 3rd most profitable US stock over the last 30 years. Mark is also credited with developing the first Lean Accounting process in the United States for Danaher’s Jake Brake Division.  He is recognized as a pioneer in this area and is known as one of the “Fab 5” at the Lean Accounting Summit.

Mr. DeLuzio served as a member of Central Connecticut State University’s advisory board for its School of Business and in 2007 was inducted as a Life Member of the Shingo Prize Academy (Lean Hall of Fame) for his lifetime contribution to “Excellence in Manufacturing.”

Effective April 1, 2008, Mr. DeLuzio was elected to the Board of Directors of Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE: HI), which is a diversified industrial manufacturer.  Before retiring from the Board in February 2019, he served on the Nomination and Governance Committee, the Compensation Committee as well as the Merger & Acquisition Committee.

Mr. DeLuzio has consulted on a global basis, and is a frequent speaker at higher educational institutions such as MIT (Sloan School of Business), Northwestern (Kellogg School of Business), and Rensselear Institute of Technology.

Having had two sons who fought in combat in the Middle East, Mark unfortunately became a Gold Star Father in 2010 when his son Steven (age 25) was killed in action fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.  Steven was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, as well as other decorations for his selfless bravery.  Carrying on both of his sons’ contributions to our country, Mark was inspired to help Veterans (at no fee) wishing to start a business or needing career advice.  His organization is called B.R.A.V.E. (Business Reviews and Advisors to Veteran Entrepreneurs).

Mr. DeLuzio holds two undergraduate degrees in business (Marketing and Accounting) from Central Connecticut State University, an MBA in Operations Management from the University of Hartford, a Certificate in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Mark is the author of “Turn Waste into Wealth,” which offers practical advice for those considering a Lean transformation.  His next book called “Flatlined – Why Companies Fail at Lean and What to do About It” will be released in the spring of 2020.  Finally, he has begun writing his next book regarding the Danaher Business System, tentatively called “The History and Evolution of the Danaher Business System.”

Today we Talked About

  • Lean
  • Agile
  • Transformation
  • Transform the invisible
  • Respect for People Principal
  • SQDC
  • Technology needs to serve the business
  • B.R.A.V.E.

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