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Global Productivity Solutions CEO joins Mayor Duggan staff

Clinton Township, Mich. – Sept. 3, 2014 – Global Productivity Solutions (GPS) CEO Aimée Cowher announced that she has left the company to work with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan as the Executive Assistant to the Mayor and Director of Lean Process Management.

Aimée CowherCowher began working with Mayor Duggan when GPS, an industry leader in productivity improvement and business turnaround, was selected to lead a project to improve the city’s Purchasing processes, as part of Project Lean, an eight-week initiative launched in May.

Project Lean has focused on eight City of Detroit departments, which local business experts analyzed, then provided solutions using Lean Process Improvement, a methodology that removes waste and increases efficiency while improving the value and quality of the service or product provided. Cowher will now oversee all improvement projects for the city.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to play an integral role in making positive changes in the City,” said Cowher. “Our goal is to use Lean Process Improvement to ensure we provide better service to Detroit residents and businesses, and to engage employees to deliver high quality service with the resources we have by increasing efficiency and cutting waste.”

Founded in 2000, GPS provides rapid results for both public and private organizations trying to increase customer and employee satisfaction, productivity, and operating margins. Directly engaging with government leaders or company management, GPS successfully delivers significant results within 90 days that creates a self-funding plan to execute a long-term business improvement strategy.

“Mayor Duggan was extremely impressed with Aimee and her work as a volunteer with the Lean Team, and is thrilled to now have her leading the City’s lean processing initiatives,” said Duggan Spokesman John Roach. “Aimee’s leadership and experience will help to provide a much more efficient and higher quality level of service to our customers across all City departments.”

GPS Founding Partner, Gary Cone, will assume the role of CEO immediately.

About Global Productivity Solutions

Global Productivity Solutions (GPS) is an industry leader in productivity improvement across the supply chain. GPS delivers rapid results sustained by a long-term business improvement strategy. GPS has a unique approach to pursue Operational Excellence® through its 10/90 Challenge. With multilingual capability and global locations, GPS serves small cap companies to Fortune 500 companies including food and consumer products, automotive, chemical and other industry sectors, mining, energy, health care, government services and private equity.

For more information on GPS, visit or call 855-GPS-1090.