Dynamic and results-driven leader with more than 18 years of experience impacting corporate performance and profitability through leading-edge operational solutions and cost-cutting process improvements. Proven track record of maximizing resources and streamlining production while increasing productivity and output margin for diverse global organizations with fast-paced manufacturing, technology, and service/support environments.

  Demostrated success record in global operations management. Creative problem solver; with ability to drive revenue growth, resolve conflicts, improve morale, and consistently exceed profit goals.

  Recognized for optimizing efficiency and slashing operational expenditures through Six Sigma/Lean methodologies, cross cultural communications, and strategic allocation of human/material resources.


 Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering - The Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
 Lean & Six Sigma Black Belt


 Lean Manufacturing
 Kaizen Blitz
 Six Sigma Master Certificate Program


American Institute of Industrial Engineers

Association for Manufacturing Excellence

Consultant for The Hands-On Group


Guest speaker
International Conference of Work Teams & Association for Quality and Participation

Tony Perna has over 25 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing enterprises, as well as over 7 years in senior management positions. His work has ranged from highly complex, specialized project engineering to high-speed repetitive manufacturing. He has spent the last 15 years training and implementing Lean Manufacturing concepts on the shop floor and in front office workspaces.

Tony is a hands-on senior level executive with the proven ability to quickly assess business environments and proactively utilize resources to drive and deliver financial and market growth. He is a leader in continuous improvement instruction, planning and implementation for operational and support environments. He has the ability to apply technology to maximize productivity while achieving ROI objectives. Having a diverse work experience allows Tony a holistic vision of what successful enterprises should look like.

  As a Senior Consultant with Optimize/Perna Systems, LLC, the firm specializes in Business Process Improvement, Innovation and Collaboration, Security and Risk Management which includes Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery.

  Responsible for Lean transformation of operations and the Global Supply Chain for ASSA ABLOY ES. Responsibilities included training and certifying employees in 5 plants located in US, CZ, CN, SE, and DE. Product line rationalization for manufacture in Low Cost Countries (LCC), moving and start-up of production facilities, and establishing, tracking and monitoring standardized KPI's throughout the enterprise.

  As a Senior Project Manager with NIST/MEP, Tony trained and applied Lean tools (TPS) such as Kaizen, SMED, 5S, JIT, TOC, Kanban/Pull System, 6 Sigma, TPM, Visual Factory, Visual Management, Value Stream Mapping, Standard Work, Single-Piece-Flow/Cell Design, Process Capability, Mistake Proofing, DFMA, QFD, and TQM. Prior to working with the MEP, Tony worked in a variety of industries listed below.

  As Vice President at Vulcan Electric, Tony applied his skills in transforming the company into a Lean facility. Accomplishments included a 23% reduction of overall inventory including an 82% reduction in WIP. On-Time delivery improvements from 36% in January 1999 to 98% in January 2000. Other improvements were achieved in quality, scrap reduction, lead time reduction, profitability, and cash flow. He has also been instrumental in applying technology to improve and streamline business processes and workflows. Tony has developed the Vulcan Production System Training curriculum which is based on Toyota Production System (TPS) principles as they apply to this specific environment.

  Prior to Vulcan, Tony was a Corporate Lean Manufacturing Manager for American National Can (Rexam). His team was responsible for Training and implementation of 5S, Kaizen, and Pull Replenishment for 20 facilities located throughout the US. Results included an average of 5% increase in OEE, initiation of pull system replenishment for MRO parts and inventory, and the use of visual management sign boards and displays.

  Recognized for optimizing efficiency and slashing operational expenditures through Six Sigma/Lean methodologies, cross cultural communications, and strategic allocation of human/material resources.


 Lean (TPS) Transformation
 Six Sigma Methodologies, Instruction, and Implementation
 Project Management
 Lean (TPS) Transformation
 Supply Chain Optimization
 Innovation and Collaboration
 ERP platforms