Jean Cunningham

Jean Cunningham sits down with Gemba Academy co-founder Kevin Meyer to discuss lean accounting.


Jean Cunningham

President and Founder, Jean Cunningham Consulting

Jean is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of lean accounting and the lean office having led the lean transition in those environments since the early 90’s. She has given lectures and consulted on applying lean to the the lean office for over fifteen years. With JCC, Jean travels world-wide presenting lean workshops, consulting on lean strategy, and facilitating kaizens and other lean-based events.

Jean is the former Vice President and CFO at Lantech, Inc. and Marshfield Door Systems. From 2006-11, she was the CFO and a Director-at-Large for the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, a well known business association providing lean workshops and other industry events. Jean was an original Thought Leader for the Lean Accounting Summit and presents there annually. She also teaches Lean Accounting for the Ohio State University Master of Business Operational Excellence program.

Jean has published two books of practical application based on her corporate lean journey. Real Numbers won the Shingo Prize for research in 2004 and has become an essential lean accounting text. Easier, Simpler, Faster won the Shingo Prize for research in 2008 and is recommended reading for lean IS/IT efforts. She also contributed to Lean Accounting, a collection of works by lean experts.

Jean has a BS in Accounting from Indiana University and an MBA from Northeastern University’s Executive Program.