John S. Hamalian

John Hamalian learned about Lean Thinking in the late 80s while being lucky enough to work under the tutelage of an ex-Toyota manager, his Sensei.   Since then, John was honored to serve as Asia-Pacific Lean Director at both GM and Dell, as part of a 20 year corporate career.  With assignments based in the USA, China, Germany, Korea, India and now Singapore, he has thrived in global and culturally-diverse environments, with a strong passion for Social Responsibility and Sustainability.  An avid explorer, John has visited over 60 countries (including the entire Far East of Asia) is a published Travel Writer and speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese.

John holds an MBA and a Bachelor Degree in Engineering and is an adjunct lecturer at various universities; a published writer on Lean Management, Leadership, Strategy and Asian culture; and an active speaker at Business Excellence conferences, global corporations and professional institutions.  John is an active supporter of several NGOs, including serving as Chairman of the Audit Committee.