Chris Lawson

Principal

Chris Lawson

clawson@exactusadvisors.com

About

Chris has passion around operational excellence and continuous improvement. Having the experience of working closely with external and internal customers over the years has given him a great sensitivity to work with clients and help them realize their vision.

Over the years, he has had the opportunity to work in a wide rage of areas including manufacturing, sales, distribution, supply chain, marketing and business strategy with a focus on growth, margin improvement and cost reduction.

Chris is fully committed and fully engaged in helping clients achieve their goals and objectives.

Chris has over 36 years in manufacturing, sales, and operational excellence, where he has held executive level positions. He recently retired from USG Corporation where he last held the position of Senior Vice President, Corporate Excellence. Included in those responsibilities was the implementation of several deployments of Lean Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing throughout the Corporation. The programs have generated over $280 million in hard savings and won both the 2017 AQI Deployment of the Year Award and the 2018 AQI Project of the Year Award.

Prior to that he was the Senior Vice President of Manufacturing accountable for over 50 manufacturing facilities throughout North America. In addition, he was a Business Leader for the Wallboard and Surfaces businesses having P&L responsibility.

He also served as a Vice President of Sales gaining great customer facing experience and was instrumental in driving sales margin improvement and enhancing the customer experience. In addition, to serving in a number of other corporate and field cross functional areas, he gained experience working in various subsidiaries throughout the organization. 

Chris and his wife currently reside in Florida. They have two married children and some fantastic grandchildren. He loves all sports, running, ministry work and most of all family.

Education / Certifications

  • B.S in Engineering, University of Florida
  • M.B.A., University of North Florida
  • Executive Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Executive Scholar, Northwestern University
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Certified Lean Management
  • Certified Kata Trainer