Inside every company is an even better one

Improvement never stops. This applies not only to companies facing problems, but also to organizations that are already excellently positioned. Because even a top market leader still has the potential for further improvements. Those who strive for success must be willing to undergo change. Not just once a year, but daily. Not just at one point, but everywhere. 

After all, markets are always in motion and competitive pressure is enormous. Staufen is an international Lean Management Consulting firm, focusing mainly on process and leadership optimization based on Lean principles. We help you to quickly put change in motion and to anchor a sustainable change culture in your company.

We get things done

Our way of working


We develop customized solutions and implement them quickly and in line with requirements.


We are result optimizers. We create measurable success.


We come from BestPractice companies and have extensive industry and subject-matter expertise.


We develop organizations and employees towards a lived culture of change.

Change is not a project – it’s a culture

Our goal is not to take all of the work off your hands. On the contrary:  we work towards making ourselves redundant. At our Academy, we enable our executives to establish a sustainable culture of change independently. After all, process excellence needs leadership excellence. And changes do not take place by reading something to people: they have to experience them personally. People make the difference. This makes your company lean, clever and able to keep optimizing. The productivity of your organization and your operating results will clearly show a positive development. In other words, inside your company, there’s a better company waiting.

And that not only makes you happy: it makes us happy too. We are pleased to make others more successful. Excellent results motivate us to do our best every day. Nothing makes us as satisfied as the success of our clients. We are certain that taking the right approach makes anything possible.

We actively support you on site

Our particular strength is actively supporting you on site. We believe that people learn by experiencing something themselves, not by spending hours listening to presentations. Our consultants don’t sit back and watch, they roll up their sleeves. And we don’t just orient ourselves towards whatever wind is blowing: we orient ourselves towards the best. We quickly achieve quantifiable peak results through our lighthouse projects. Your employees will see for themselves that these changes work, and they will be open to them throughout the company. It goes without saying that changing the status quo is not easy. Nevertheless, we believe that it is fun to help optimize a company. These kinds of changes not only take time and money: they result in time and money.

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Our leadership team

Executive Board

Wilhelm Goschy

Wilhelm Goschy

Wilhelm Goschy initially acquired Lean experience at Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. As a senior partner and business unit head at Staufen, he has developed executives, managed large-scale projects, and designed the training program for lean experts. He has been a member of the Staufen management board since 2011. The areas of his focus are on value stream-oriented production concepts, implementing value chains and coaching executives.

Markus Riegger

Markus Riegger
Member of the Board

Markus Riegger has worked for Staufen since 2008. His career began as a continuous improvement process manager at Daimler. In the Mercedes Car Group, he served as a Mercedes production system expert in South Africa, the Netherlands and at German sites, and he helped implement the Mercedes-Benz production system. In his position as the head of DaimlerChrysler production system direct processes at the Mercedes Truck Group, he was responsible for implementing shopfloor management and coaching at the plant in Wörth, Germany and at Japanese sites for FUSO trucks.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Martin Haas

Martin Haas
Chairman of the Supervisory Board

Founder of Staufen. After completing studies of mechanical engineering, Haas spent many years serving as an executive and line manager (for companies such as Daimler-Benz) as well as working in applied research (such as Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering). Trips to Japan in the early 90s were among the sources of inspiration which led him to the topic of lean management, and Haas began working as a freelancer in 1992.

Senior advisor in Germany

Thomas Buchholz

Dr. Thomas Buchholz
Senior Advisor, Staufen AG

Dr. Thomas Buchholz has over 30 years of professional experience in the context of lean management, process management, CIP / Kaizen, operational excellence, quality management and organizational development. After completing his master’s degree at the Yale University, and receiving a doctorate in engineering, he held several top management positions at listed automotive suppliers. Some of the positions he looks back on include his 16 years in technical executive management and member of the board of directors at MAHLE GmbH in Germany and Brazil, plus a career spanning back several years as the CEO of TI Automotive GmbH in Heidelberg, Germany. During this time, Dr. Buchholz held various supervisory board mandates within the two corporate groups. Most recently, he was Chairman of the Board of UNIWHEELS AG in Bad Dürkheim. In addition to his wide range of professional experience, in his role as Senior Advisor he also brings a distinctive client focus as well as an emphasis on results and a focus on people. Since 2017, Dr. Buchholz has been a member of AdAR – Arbeitskreis deutscher Aufsichtsräte e.V. as well as of Financial Experts Association e.V. For more than 20 years, he has collaborated with Staufen AG on the implementation of Lean strategies.

Thorsten Amann

Thorsten Amann
Senior Advisor, Staufen AG

In his work at Staufen, Thorsten Amann can draw upon over 25 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, investor, corporate consultant and banker. After completing his studies of mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart and a master of science in advanced manufacturing systems, Brunel University London in 1990, Amann launched his career at Commerzbank. He went from their trainee program to serve as a consultant to key clients in London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Frankfurt, where he worked in M&A. A short stint into the new economy then brought Amann to KPMG in 2002, where he worked as a partner until 2013. He was active in China / international markets practice on a national and European level and managed strategic staff deployment on a global basis as well as overseeing internationalization strategies for mid-sized manufacturing companies. In 2013, Amann joined the executive board at Staufen. He is now a senior advisor.

Ulrich Hermani

Dr. Ulrich P. Hermani
Senior Advisor, Staufen AG

Dr. Ulrich P. Hermani has acquired extensive knowledge about national and international mechanical engineering over the course of the many stations of his career, which include positions at an economic research institute, politics, mechanical engineering companies and professional associations. As a result, he has established corresponding networks to representatives of politics, science and economic groups. For over 20 years he successfully led the Baden-Württemberg chapter of the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association; in this position he offered consultation and guidance while representing their interests vis-à-vis politicians, banks, research institutions and business organizations. His areas of focus are consulting in the fields of corporate strategies and successorship, HR management, analysis of international markets, international collaborative projects, and studies on competitive ability in the field of mechanical engineering.

Our leadership team – International leaders

Alexander Wagner

Alexander Wagner
Head of CEE & Country Manager Czech Republic, Slovakia And Poland

Since 2014 Alexander Wagner has been working as a Project Manager to develop process and management expertise in overseas placements and international project assignments lasting several years. He has over six years of experience in transformation processes in various sectors, including automotive, mechanical engineering, electronics and transport, and has already successfully supported many clients in their change processes. For two years he has been supervising the establishment of the Staufen branch in Mexico and, from 2020, will be responsible for the development of Staufen in Central Eastern Europe.

Dario Spinola

Dário Spinola

Dário Spinola has been implementing Lean for 14 years in Brazil, China as well as delivering coaching, workshops and lectures in other countries. For Taktica Lean Consulting he worked with Alstom Hydro in China for 6 years and has directly managed the machines transformation from old factory to its brand new factory in Tianjin, under Lean and TPM approach. Also for Alstom Hydro, Mr. Spinola has provided coaching to: establish lean strategic planning, develop a lean production system for Alstom Hydro, he has established the framework and the Lean Engeneering audit for China, India and Brazil. He is managing director of Staufen Taktica in Brazil.

Richard Mu

Richard Mu

With more than 18 years of operation and supply chain management, consulting experience, Richard Mu accumulated industrial domain expertise on strategy planning, organization transformation, supply chain management, continuous improvement covering in telecommunication, automotive, energy, FMCG, insurance, e-commerce, government. During his career, he took several management positions on Lean transformation, project implementation, Engineering in various segments.  Following his previous position as Asia Lean leader of GE Renewable Energy, Richard was in charge of multi-P&L plants and suppliers driving world class performance improvement to build Lean enterprise system including China, India and Vietnam, and leading Brilliant Factory initiatives on digital and automation. Before GE, Richard led management consulting service in Capgemini and LSS office in Alcatel-Lucent. Richard Mu joined Staufen Shanghai in 2018.

Urs Hirt

Dr. Urs Hirt

Dr. Hirt studied chemistry at the University of Applied Sciences in Reutlingen, Germany and the University of Basel, Switzerland. He finished his doctorate at the University of Basel in 2000. Dr. Hirt worked in the international chemical industry at Ciba and BASF. At BASF, he was responsible for implementing a variety of global Lean Management projects in operational and innovation management; his task was also to transform entire locations. As the secretary of the executive committee at Ciba, he was in charge of senior projects as well as several different departments and technologies. Within the Staufen Group, he is a member of the management of Staufen.Inova AG in Switzerland.

Jürg Hodel

Jürg Hodel

Hodel has extensive industry knowledge due to his many years of management work in the fields of telecommunication and IT, production of electronics and power tools, industrial automation and sensor technology, single-part production, medical devices, food, equipment and equipment manufacturing. As a line manager, Jürg Hodel was an early adopter of the Toyota production system in production, logistics and supplier integration, and he understands the issues and challenges of Lean Management thanks to his long years of experience. Jürg Hodel has been active at Staufen.Inova as a consultant and partner since 2012.

Giancarlo Oriani

Giancarlo Oriani

He began his consulting career in 1989 at large and mid-sized enterprises, including work in the chemical industry at Enichem and Grace in the organizational department. Later he developed TQM approaches and methods, and he implemented projects focusing on business process re-engineering and lean organization. His current main activities include process re-engineering, factory re-organization and product development.

Fabio Salmone

Fabio Salomone

For over twenty years, Salomone has served as a consultant to mid-sized and large companies in Europe. He has experience in the food and beverage industries (at Unilever, Bakemark, Galbani, Lavazza, Bonduelle, Leaf, Heineken, BBH-Baltika, Castello) and many years of experience in the automotive (tier 1, tier 2) and textile industries. Fabio Salomone is also a senior expert and trainer for outdoor education. He is the head of the Staufen country office in Italy.

Arturo Medellin

Arturo Medellin

Medellin brings over 20 years of Lean experience from the automotive industry to his consulting work. His career trajectory led him from a position as a production engineer through several different stations until he became a plant manager who won the “Best Lean Plant” award in 2000. In his work as a consultant, he supports highly respected companies and their international plants in consistently implementing Lean philosophy. His work with Dr. Jeffrey Liker helped him become the vice president of the TOYOTA Way Academy in Latin America, among other things. Arturo Medellin has worked for Staufen since 2012, and since October 2016 he has been the general manager of Staufen America with its headquarters in Mexico City.

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