One of the most common mistakes companies make when embarking on a lean program is trying to do too much at once. These 'boil-the-ocean' initiatives are long, costly, and often end up stalling under the weight of their own ambition.

Dave Ryeson
Partner & Associate Director, Manufacturing / Industry 4.0

Dave Ryeson is a core member of the Industrial Goods and Operations practices at Boston Consulting Group.

Since joining BCG in 2005, Dave has focused on the automotive (original equipment manufacturers and tier one suppliers), aerospace, pharmaceutical, industrial goods, and consumer sectors. He has acquired deep expertise in manufacturing, lean advantage, cultural change, and procurement.

Dave has a deep passion for manufacturing and strives to create sustainable impact for his clients. He believes that creating sustainable impact entails not only technical solutions but also behavioral change.

Before joining BCG, Dave was a principal with A.T. Kearney.

Dave is an integral part of the firm's Operations Center in Chicago, one of ten global operations centers that serve as hubs for comprehensive operations support and offer tailored, fully integrated solutions to optimize operations for long-term success.


  • MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • BA, materials and logistics management, Michigan State University


  • Operations Practice Teaming Award, 2012
  • Pioneer Award, 2010
  • Operations Practice Raising the Bar Award, 2007
  • Polaris Award
  • Teaming to Win Award