Jeffrey Steven Johnson
Process Improvement & Lean Management, USG Corporation, Chicago, IL, USA

Jeff Johnson is a Director of Process Improvement at USG Corporation (USG). He is responsible for establishing USG Lean Management at USGs 40+ manufacturing facilities in the US and Canada.

Jeff leads his team of Master Black Belts from USG’s award-winning Lean Six Sigma (LSS) program - 2017 American Quality Institute ‘Lean Six Sigma Deployment of the Year’ and 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Council’s ‘Improving Operational Excellence Award.' Jeff’s team trains and coaches corporate leadership and plant personnel, through a transformation, to a continuously improving management system.

Jeff’s previous role was a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt with PepsiCo. During the initial LSS deployment at PepsiCo Beverages, he led all training and computer systems, as well as his own meta-projects. He was a member of PepsiCo’s Global Lean Six Sigma Council. Prior to PepsiCo, Jeff was the Lean Manufacturing Corporate Lead for Kraft Heinz and Management Consultant for AT Kearney and two other firms focusing on operations excellence. Jeff has engineering project management and manufacturing engineering experience from petrochemicals and consumer products industries.

Jeff earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jeff resides in Richton Park, IL with his wife Daphne and three children. Jeff serves as chairman of the Illinois Alpha Phi Alpha Charitable Foundation and member of the TMLCF Foundation.

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Conference Chair's Message 

Joel Smith

Continuous Improvement is not just something a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) practitioner leads their organization in practicing, but is also a core competency of their professional makeup. That is why more and more innovative and leading companies are looking for leaders that use the LSS way of thinking in everything they do within their organization.

In this era of data science and machine learning, the ability to connect the dots for end to end solutions across the boundaries of people, process and systems is the key to success. This year’s conference is focused on making sure we are “continuing” our journey as practitioners. Whatever your level of experience, you will learn new concepts, new perspectives and network with the best in the industry.