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

Laura Martin-Samala

Continuous Process Improvement is not just something a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) practitioner helps organizations achieve, but is also a fundamental core competency of their personal make up. That is why  innovative companies are looking for people that use the LSS way of thinking at every level. In this age of “Big Data”, “IOT” and “AI”, ... read more