Gerhard Plenert
Master Black Belt
Dr. Gerhard Plenert, former director of executive education at the Shingo Institute at Utah State University, has more than 30 years of professional experience in organizational change helping companies and government agencies strive for enterprise excellence by utilizing the Shingo Model to drive cultural transformations. Dr. Plenert is an internationally recognized expert in supply chain management; Lean/Six Sigma; quality and productivity tools; and in working with and creating leading-edge planning and scheduling methods. His experience includes significant initiatives with Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Shell, Aramco, Sony, Cisco, Microsoft, Seagate, NCR Corporation, Ritz-Carlton, the US Air Force, and numerous other branches of the US Department of Defense.


  • Shingo Model
  • Lean Six Sigma & Design for Six Sigma
  • Supply Change Management
  • Quality & Productivity
  • Operations Management
  • Advanced Planning


  • Defense
  • Hospitality
  • Technology
  • Oil & Gas
  • Aerospace
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Healthcare