For over two decades, Stiles Associates has been the premier retained search firm for executives who specialize in Operational Excellence and Lean Performance Management Systems. Our record of identifying, rigorously screening and delivering exceptional candidates for organizations who need to fill important leadership and transformational roles is unsurpassed. Read more about our history here.

At A Glance:

  • Founded in 1991
  • First Lean focused search firm
  • Staff of 15 (four partners)
  • Scalable teams
  • National coverage with international affiliates


Stiles Associates is the leader in the recruitment of transformational leaders and other types of Lean specialists. We are extremely knowledgeable about Lean and Lean Management systems and have over two decades of success behind us. All of our work is guaranteed and other benefits we bring to our clients include:

  • 20-plus years of specialization on Lean/TPS operations
  • Placement rate that is 30% faster than the industry norm
  • 97% satisfaction, repeat and referral rate
  • 100% guarantee on our retained placements
  • Guidance on hiring and organizational strategies for success
  • Access to an extensive Lean executive network
  • Deep connections into key industry associations and network hubs

“Our business depends on the quality of our consultants which is why we depend on Stiles Associates.” 

-Anand Sharma, President & CEO, TBM Consulting Group