Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Toyota Engineering Corporation, TMS & TPS Institute (Japan Certification Institute). He has 35 years experience at Toyota Motor Corporation. He oversaw the development, manufacturing, environment and equipment design and was responsible for the deployment of the Toyota Production System (TPS) in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Portugal
CEO in Liker Lean Advisors. He is professor of Industrial and Operational Engineering at the University of Michigan. He also author and co-author of eight bestsellers, among them "Toyota Tao: 14 management principles of the world's leading company", "Toyota corporate culture", "Toyota under fire", etc.
EFESO Consulting (Paris). He is especially active in studying and implementing advanced management systems, lean production/lean organization models and business enhancement. Mr. Merli currently teaches and consults on innovative matters (servitization, digitalization and business model evolution). He used to be in charge of strategic projects and consulting events for boards of directors of such important global companies as Ferrero, Heinz, Unilever, Ericsson, Fiat, Michelin, Philips, Pirelli, Fincantieri, ABB, Allied Signal-Honeywell (including NASA Operations), STMicroelectronics, Saint Gobin, Tetra Pak, Finmeccanica and governments.