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Orest (Orry) Fiume

Orest (Orry) J. Fiume

Former VP of Finance and Administration for The Wiremold Company

Orest (Orry) J. Fiume was Vice President of Finance and Administration and a Director of The Wiremold Company, West Hartford, CT, which gained international recognition as a leader in lean business management in “Lean Thinking,” by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones. Fiume was Wiremold’s chief financial officer from 1978 until his retirement in 2002.

Fiume led Wiremold’s conversion to lean accounting in 1991 and developed alternate management accounting systems that supported the company’s entire lean business efforts. He went on to install lean accounting at more than 20 Wiremold acquisitions. Fiume has studied lean production in both the U.S. and Japan and has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences around the world. In addition, he has taught workshops on management accounting in a lean business at the Lean Enterprise Institute, the TBM Institute, the University of Dayton Center for Competitive Change, MEP’s in many states, and numerous companies in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

He also has given workshops on Lean Leadership to senior executives at many companies. Orry was a member of a delegation to China to discuss U.S. financial management practices and is co-author of the 2004 Shingo Prize winning book “Real Numbers: Management Accounting in a Lean Organization.” He was also inducted as a Life Member of the Shingo Prize Academy, which has been referred to by Business Week as the Nobel Prize in manufacturing.

Fiume has a Master’s Degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Fairfield University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of Financial Executives International, where he is a past president of the Connecticut Valley Chapter, and serves on the Board of Directors of The Lean Enterprise Institute, the leader in Lean Thinking and Lean Education. He also is a Board member of a manufacturing company, a private equity firm and a Washington, DC theater company.