Rethinking and rebuilding to compete in a post-COVID environment (Sponsored by Simpler)

August 18, 2020 | 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 |

Recently, almost all business operations, from customers to suppliers, have been disrupted. Whether your business continued operating or is reopening, you will need to re-think and re-build to compete in the post-COVID environment.

In addition to quickly resuming operations to improve cash flow, organizations need to identify and adopt new work processes to thrive in the "new normal." Across the entire value chain, from customers through operations and beyond to the supply chain, new ways of working will be required.

The Simpler Industrial Sector Team will discuss perspectives on disruptions in businesses’ value chains and outline themes to enable businesses to go beyond safely and effectively resuming operations to identifying and implementing opportunities to gain competitive advantage in the post-COVID 19 environment. Throughout this session, we will:

  • Outline the four major phases of Rethink & Rebuild (assess, plan, restart, and rebuild) with primary emphasis on Rebuild
  • Discuss opportunities to leverage COVID-19-caused disruption to competitive advantage
  • Demonstrate Simpler’s thought leadership across a business’ entire enterprise (customers, operations and supply chain)

Jim Little
Partner, Industrial Sector, Simpler Consulting, an IBM Company

Prior to joining Simpler in 2004, Jim Little had over 23 years of cross-functional leadership experience in Tier One automotive component and appliance industries. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati and Stanford University, he has held multiple cross-functional roles of progressively responsibility including executive management leading industrial brownfield transformations and greenfield start-ups.

Little is currently a partner in Simpler Consulting’s Industrial Sector, leading development and client service activities. He and his teams have applied lean principles to achieve breakthrough results in all True North dimensions across multiple sectors, including two of his early clients earning the Shingo Prize Public Sector Awards.


Mark Williams
Vice President, Industrial Sector NA, Simpler Consulting, an IBM Company

Mark Williams joined Simpler in 2011 with 20 years of leadership experience and successful delivery of numerous large-scale lean transformations across a broad range of industries and companies. His industry experience includes aerospace, automotive, consumer packaged goods, and health care.

After serving six years as a United States Naval Officer, Williams held numerous senior-level executive and consultant roles applying lean principles across multiple public and private companies. Prior to Simpler, he was the vice president of continuous improvement for Sara Lee North America. Sara Lee’s 10-year lean journey resulted in $60-$80M annual savings achieved through corporate Hoshin Kanri and local site engagement and servant leadership.

Williams is currently vice president for Simpler’s North American Industrial and Government Sectors. He is responsible for the strategy, business development and client delivery of those sectors. He and his team partner with clients to achieve transformational results via leadership alignment and client engagements across the enterprise value chain.


Lee Alves
Partner, Simpler Consulting, an IBM Company

Joining Simpler in 2001, Lee Alves has over 23 years of leadership experience in the delivery of successful large-scale Lean transformations across a broad range of industries and companies. His industry segment experience includes aerospace manufacturing, maintenance and repair, large scale manufacturing, high volume low mix environments, public sector and health care environments.

Alves' experience and coaching have made him a recognized leader within the lean community. He is continuously sought after for advice and counsel at the most senior levels of the industry. He has also supported 28 Shingo Prize-winning organizations since 2001. Additionally, he had been recognized by the Defense Manufacturing, Technology Achievement Award for his work with the Lean Depot Repair Project.