George Sivess brings a tremendous depth of experience in all levels of operations, with a particular emphasis in World-class Manufacturing Methods, Lean Thinking and Six Sigma. After graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1971, he served in the U.S. Army in various assignments including Tank Platoon Leader, Supply and Operations Staff, Tank Company Commander, and Armored Cavalry Troop Commander.
In 1978 he joined Johnson & Johnson in the maintenance area, established the Stores and Spare Parts system for a 700-man facility and became one of three Maintenance Department Managers. Later, at Kimberly Clark Corporation, George was Operations Manager at a plant, converting it from a traditional organization to self-directed work teams with world-class performance results. From there he became Operations Manager at a state-of-the-art tissue manufacturing facility. This facility was the first in the industry to operate with high-involvement work teams as opposed to traditional departments with supervisors. Under his leadership, the plant became the lowest cost producer in the corporation, thereby changing the basis of competition in the marketplace.
Through his role as a Senior Consultant with Pinnacle Partners, George has guided many efforts to improve and/or redesign companies resulting in organization and operations excellence. His extensive experience in project work has created numerous success stories leading to tremendous bottom-line savings and top-line growth. He has worked with many major organizations including Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, Nashua Corporation, Nippendenso, Rock-Tenn Corporation, Lawson-Martin, Degussa Engineered Carbons, Louisiana Pacific, International Paper, Rosewood Industries, Gold’n Plump Poultry and many others.