Dean Lenane began his career in 1979 performing statistical analysis and reliability modeling for the United Technologies Automotive Division. Between 1980 and 1984, Mr. Lenane was responsible for the introduction of Statistical methods and Statistical Process Control at the UTA electro-mechanical division. During this period, Mr. Lenane was introduced to and worked with Dr. W. Edwards Deming and his management concepts. Deming’s influence on Mr. Lenane was profound and continues to inform his own management practices and techniques.
In 1985, after completing his JD from Michigan State University, Mr. Lenane moved into a strategic planning role at UTA and was responsible for the development of the UTA Strategic Plan, the financial and business analysis of market, and was responsible to vet all of the potential JVC and Acquisition candidates and was a member of the negotiation team pursuing all business development activities for UTA.
In 1988, Mr. Lenane moved to Europe as Director of Quality and Program Management for UTA’s European Division. During this time, he earned an MBA from Boston University’s overseas program.
In 1993 Mr Lenane moved to Johnson Controls, where he became the Senior Program Manager for the complete seating systems for the original Daimler-Benz M-Class, The SL Sports Car, and the CL Coupe projects from 1993 until 1999.
In 1999 Mr Lenane became the CEO for the new North American Division of C. Rob. Hammerstein (CRH), a German company involved in the design and manufacture of mechanisms and seat structure for Daimler, BMW and Porsche. Mr. Lenane discovered the work of John Boyd in 2000 and began to incorporate Boyd’s concepts and techniques into his system for going to market. By 2005 CRH had won major contracts from BMW, Daimler-Chrysler, Ford, and Hyundai. By 2007, CRH was the largest producer of seating mechanisms in the NAFTA region. In 2008, Mr Lenane became the Chief Commercial Officer for the global CRH group. Mr. Lenane began to implement global Business Development and Strategic approaches based on Boyd’s theories, and began to develop the Chinese market for CRH. During his tenure as CCO, CRH won further global programs from Daimler, BMW, Ford, Brilliance (PRC), and Changan (PRC).
In 2012, following the sale of CRH to Johnson Controls, Mr. Lenane moved to Fisher Dynamics where he is currently employed as the Geschaeftsfuehrer (CEO) of Fisher Dynamics Europe.