Lean Enterprise Institute, Hungary
The Lean Enterprise Institute Hungary (LEIH) is a nonprofit research, education and publishing institute with the goal of making things better through Lean thinking and practice. Through co-learning partnerships with leading universities, companies and organizations across all sectors, we gather the best in Lean learning and share it with you.
The institute was founded by 15 private people and 4 companies in December 2011. LEIH also operates as an Association connecting leading multinational corporate members and private lean thinkers, which form LEIH’s core lean community. This network of lean thinkers started to grow beyond the borders as more and more people are involved in LEIH’s activities from the surrounding countries of Hungary (Austria, Croatia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia).
Szabolcs Molnár is the president and co-founder of Lean Enterprise Institute Hungary, a non-profit organization founded in 2011 to promote lean thinking in Hungary.
Prior to LEI Hungary, Szabolcs was co-founder and one of the managing directors for 6 years of a leading lean consulting firm in Hungary called E-Con Group. He has assisted over 30 companies in their lean journey (both manufacturing and service organizations) through workshops, projects and management coaching. In 2009 E-Con has published Lean Thinking in Hungarian and organized a Lean Thinking Summit involving Prof. Daniel Jones and over 200 participants. Szabolcs Molnár has peer-reviewed this book and he is also the co-author of its foreword.
Prior to his consulting career he has also worked for Opel, Alcoa and MTD. He has gained the core of his lean experience over several lean projects in the USA, Mexico, Germany and Hungary. He has also completed part of his education in the United States.
Szabolcs Molnár is author and co-author of several articles in lean management, has presented in a number of conferences and also teaches Lean Thinking at Corvinus University of Budapest.
Csaba Szalay started to work with LEI Hungary in 2013 at E.ON Hungary where they worked on developing people’s problem solving capability with the A3 management process. By that time as the leader of the company’s lean expert team he supported a lean transformation program that affected more than 3000 people in Customer Services and Distribution Service Organizations. In 2006 he was co-founder and became managing director of one of the leading lean consulting firms in Hungary called Hexolut Ltd. Since that time he has supported several manufacturing companies (car and engine manufacturers, sheet metal processing and welding companies, assembly companies, a manufacturer of luxury porcelain, companies from the food industry), and service companies (banking, a DIY retail store chain, a market leader publishing company and printing houses) through workshops, trainings and coaching of the management in their lean journey. Prior to that from 2002 till 2006 he worked as a Lean manager at Zollner Elektronik, a German multinational automotive company. During that time he supported lean activities in the sheet metal processing, plastic molding and PCB production business units of the company. He has studied Economics at the university of Pannonia and completed part of his business education in English in Helsinki, Finland. He gives lectures in lean at University of Pannonia and at Corvinus University of Budapest since 2010. He is lecturer of the Bosch Lean Academy from 2014 when it was started as a pilot project.
Clerk and Founder
Csaba Bereczki is one of the Founders of LEI Hungary and the Clerk of the Association, advancing lean thinking in the Hungarian lean community. He leads the Bosch Lean Academy pilot program, a practice-oriented lean management course in collaboration with Bosch and Miskolc University. He also lectures lean thinking is services for students at Corvinus University of Budapest and University of Pannonia. Working with Hungarian lean managers and lean practitioners he builds and links together LEIH’s lean sharing and learning community. He is experimenting lean learning methods with different sectors and professionals. He has graduated as a mechanical engineer at Budapest University of Technology. He has been learning and practicing lean and Six Sigma since 2001. He has wide experience of leadership in transfer and project management, operational management, continuous improvement and operational excellence in multinational companies from manufacturing to banking, services and shared service center operations (e.g. General Electric Healthcare, Morgan Carbon, BNP Paribas, Avis Budget Group). He has been supporting companies, leaders and specialists in their lean movement, operational excellence program or transformation in Hungary and in Europe. Since 2014 he also works with Integrated Consulting Group team.