Ken Maynard

Ken Maynard is a Master Black Belt and Executive Coach at He has a 30+ year record of driving improved quality and higher profitability with organizations in a wide variety of industries including aerospace, healthcare, financial services, medical devices, government, food & beverage, automotive and consumer products. Ken has worked with leaders to complete successful enterprise-wide continuous improvement, reengineering and product design projects that resulted in high-value transformations.

Highlighted Accomplishments

30+ Fortune 500 Companies

  • Led 25+ large transformations with benefits ranging from $5M to $120M
  • Coached 500+ projects averaging $300K per project
  • Trained over 1,000+ Black Belts and  100+ Master Black Belts

Healthcare System:

  • Led redesign of Laboratory Services
  • Reduced testing turnaround time 30%+
  • Reduced late tests by 60%
  • Increased productivity by more than 15% and eliminated overtime
  • Led Pharmacy improvements projected to be $1.5M in annual cost savings by streamlining the logistics process within the system and reducing defects in the medication administration process
  • Trained and coached a Lean Six Sigma resource group to support ongoing continuous efforts throughout the system with a focus on reducing patient wait times in emergency services

Pharmaceutical Producer:

  • Increased aseptic manufacturing output by over 30%
  • Within another site developed a detailed aseptic manufacturing simulation to help identify address bottlenecks and quantify improvements leading to a 20%+ increase in output. Model was also used to create long-range forecasts and assess capital investments improving production planning and expansion

Venture Capital/Investment Firm:

  • Deployed Lean Six Sigma into a venture capital firm
  • Rapidly deployed change to reduce costs and improve timeliness of service
  • Consistently achieved 30%+ reduction in cycle time for each of 15 different functions
  • Led efforts to redesign operations in the Deal Process, Treasury, Investor Communications, Accounts Payable and Financial Closing processes
Highlighted Publications

Books & Webinars:

  • Lean Sigma Doesn’t Work Here, published by Quality Digest, April 2020
  • Process Improvement in Government Using Lean Six Sigma
  • Creating Value using Lean Six Sigma in Manufacturing and Healthcare
  • Presentation at Lean Six Sigma International Forum 2021
  • Other numerous presentations include: Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) • Andrews Air Force Base • CQI Forum sponsored by the University of Toronto

Degrees and Certifications:

  • Master of Business Administration at Nova Southeastern University
  • Post graduate studies in Applied Physics and Space Science at Florida Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University
  • Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Lean Master Black Belt, Rath & Strong Consulting
  • Certified Organizational Change Leader, Procsi


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