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David Keown

Instructor and Coach

David Keown started at Toyota in 2000 as Assistant Manager in Die Manufacturing.

After nine years of learning the Toyota method of die manufacturing, David transferred to Operations Management Development Division (OMDD). OMDD is responsible for deploying the Toyota Production System and developing Toyota & supplier company management in TPS thinking and philosophy.  During 11 years in OMDD, David developed expertise in leading and managing Jishuken activities, Standardized Work Kaizen Leader Training, Material and Information Flow Chart Training, Shop Floor Problem Solving, and A3 Thinking and Writing.

David was on a three years assignment from Toyota from 2019 through 2022 to support the UK True Lean Systems Program, where David focused on supporting TPS deployment in undergraduate & graduate-level education.

David’s education includes an associate degree in Agriculture from Purdue University, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a master’s degree in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University.