Executive Leadership


Robert Martichenko – Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Robert O. Martichenko was born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada, and has lived in the United States for the past two decades.  He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LeanCor Supply Chain Group. LeanCor Supply Chain Group is a trusted supply chain partner with a mission to advance the world’s supply chains.  LeanCor’s three integrated divisions – LeanCor Training and Education, LeanCor Consulting, and LeanCor Logistics – help organizations eliminate waste, improve supply chain performance, and build a culture of operational excellence.  Robert has spent over 25 years learning and implementing lean and operational excellence with a focus on end-to-end supply chain management across a wide array of industries.  In addition to leading LeanCor, Robert is a senior instructor for the Lean Enterprise Institute and the Georgia Tech Supply Chain and Logistics Institute, and board advisor for the College of Charleston, Appalachian State University, and The Urban Electric Company.

Robert has written several business books – most recently, Discovering Hidden Profit (Karmack Publications). His other books include two Shingo Research Award-winning books:  People: a leader’s day to day guide to building, managing, and sustaining lean organizations (Karmack Publications) and Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream (Lean Enterprise Institute). Additionally, Robert is the author of Everything I Know About Lean I Learned in First Grade (Karmack Publications) and Lean Six Sigma Logistics (J. Ross Publishing). His debut novel, Drift and Hum (Karmack Publications), has won several awards including the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Best First Book-Fiction and the Bronze Award from Reader’s Favorite.

A frequent speaker for professional industry groups around the world, Robert’s thought-leading messages translate across organization types, industries, and geographic areas.  Robert is an engaging and thought-provoking speaker allowing audiences to walk away feeling energized, enlightened, and optimistic about opportunities that lay ahead.

He is a recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Chain Executive, a 2014 “Rainmaker” by DC Velocity, and a 2015 C-Suite honoree by Venue & LEAD Magazine.

Robert complements his professional experience with a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics, an MBA in Finance, and a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Matt Melrose – Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Matt is responsible for leading Logistics Operations, Facilities, HR, Safety, Finance, and IT. Overseeing the operational implementation of sustainable lean processes within our customer’s supply chains, Matt ensures LeanCor’s solutions support purpose, people, and process in order for customers to achieve their organizational goals.  With Matt’s leadership, LeanCor is able to leverage its capabilities and team members across all business services to deliver superior customer value. He also leads the development of world class technology to provide optimal supply chain solutions to our customers and their channel partners.

Matt’s supply chain and logistics experience includes designing and implementing lean logistics solutions to support North American operations, leading specialized projects to improve operational efficiency, developing supply chain strategies to support new product implementation, and designing and managing cross-dock and sequencing facilities. His previous roles include various project and operational management positions at companies such as Ryder Logistics and Transfreight.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Supply Chain and Marketing and is a certified Lean Supply Chain Professional.