TriVista Names Lean Enterprise Leader Stephen Smith as Managing Director
Veteran Executive Brings 30 Years of Enterprise Excellence Experience to Global Consulting Firm
ALISO VIEJO, CA (April 1, 2015) – TriVista announced today that Stephen Smith has joined the firm as Managing Director. Smith will be based on the East Coast and will join the firm’s team of international manufacturing experts.
Smith brings TriVista more than 30 years of executive experience in operations and enterprise management as a trusted adviser to more than 200 companies worldwide, most recently as leader of the Global Enterprise Excellence Program at GrafTech.
“Stephen has led more than 1,000 cross-functional project teams in all areas of their organizations,” said TriVista’s Chief Operating Officer, Stuart Lowe. “We know that Stephen’s most recent experience with GrafTech and his work as senior partner for TBM, will create significant enterprise value for our clients and global team members.”
Smith has led teams in all areas of their organizations, from new product development to supply chain, from sales force effectiveness to operational improvement, and from supplier development to core administrative processes. He has specific experience in a number of industries, including industrial, automotive, consumer packaged foods, aerospace, engineered materials, food processing, building products, forest products, furniture and cabinets, process industries and the public sector.
“Because TriVista has such a strong reputation in operational and enterprise improvement, I’m excited and enthused about joining its key account management and transformational business improvement team,” Smith said. “I’m thrilled to work with TriVista’s global experts and look forward to solving complex operational challenges for our clients in both the private equity and manufacturing fields.”
Smith earned his master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas – Austin. In addition, he apprenticed for five years under the original members and creators of the Toyota Production System.
TriVista is a global management consulting firm founded to help middle market companies, often working with their private equity partners, tackle complex challenges and turn their operations into a springboard for growth.
TriVista’s global team is comprised of professionals with extensive industry, functional, management and advisory experience who have implemented best practices at some of the world’s most respected companies. Leveraging this experience – as well as TriVista’s structured, fact-based approach to operational improvement – they have helped clients across a variety of industries minimize risk, enhance customer satisfaction and margins, and reduce working capital.