Lean Enterprise Institute Names Patricia Panchak as Head of Editorial and Communications

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Panchak has deep experience as an editorial director and business journalist covering continuous improvement, management, and digital trends.

Pat Panchak

Business journalist and executive Pat Panchak joins LEI as its new Team Leader, Editorial and Communications.

“I’ve been writing about how leaders address management challenges for the better part of my career, and LEI has always been the go-to source for the latest thinking and research."

The Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), a global leader in lean thinking and practice, today announced the appointment of veteran business journalist and executive Patricia Panchak as Team Leader Editorial and Communications. She will lead content development and communications at the Boston-based nonprofit.

As a member of the leadership team in the new post, Panchak reports to LEI President Josh Howell.

“For more than 20 years, LEI has provided thought-leading content about the fundamental challenge of management for value creation and people development,” Howell said. “Pat adds remarkable experience to the team responsible for continuing that legacy.”

For 25 years as a business journalist, media strategist, and public speaker, Panchak’s reporting and research have helped executives manage important business trends, including digital technologies, employee engagement, and lean management. Most recently, she served as an editor for Target magazine, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence’s quarterly publication focused on continuous improvement. As an independent journalist, she wrote about lean and digital strategies for a variety of organizations.

As the former editorial director of nine publications in Penton Media’s Manufacturing and Supply Chain Group and editor-in-chief of IndustryWeek, Panchak helped extend the reach of powerful media brands. She led development, integration, and distribution of editorial content, including magazine management, writing, editing, and production.

She directed the group’s digital strategy and content development including e-newsletters, webinars, blogs, and social media activity. Panchak also managed the development of research and industry conferences.

“I’ve been writing about how leaders address management challenges for the better part of my career, and LEI has always been the go-to source for the latest thinking and research,” Panchak said. “I’m delighted to join the team.

About the Lean Enterprise Institute
Lean Enterprise Institute Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Boston, MA, with a mission to make things better through lean thinking and practice by helping companies create more value and prosperity while consuming the fewest possible resources. Founded in 1997 by management expert James Womack, PhD, LEI conducts research through co-learning partnerships with companies, teaches on-site and public workshops, publishes books and ebooks, organizes conferences, and shares practical information about lean thinking and practice. Visit http://www.lean.org.

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