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David Hoyte

Adjunct Professor


David Hoyte is President of Transformation Management LLC, a South Florida based management consulting firm focusing on operational excellence, lean financial analysis, and decision models to align product and service offerings, customers, and channels to maximize value creation. Operational due diligence for acquisitions, turnaround, interim, crisis and special situation management are also among the services provided.

Prior to founding Transformation Management LLC, Mr. Hoyte spent eight years as a private equity operating principal. He was Executive Vice President, CHP Ops, LLC, affiliated with Castle Harlan Inc, a leading middle market private equity firm focused on geographically and commercially diverse investments in companies that offer opportunities for solid, attainable growth. Mr. Hoyte was responsible for leading operating improvement in portfolio companies, for operations due diligence, and for evaluating targeted acquisition candidates alongside the Castle Harlan global deal teams.

Prior to joining Castle Harlan, Mr. Hoyte was Managing Director at TMB Industries, a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on acquiring and managing middle-market industrial companies. As Managing Director, Mr. Hoyte was responsible for evaluating targeted acquisitions, providing operations due diligence, and for leading actions to improve entity performance, including turnaround situations.

Before joining TMB, Mr. Hoyte was President and CEO of JL French Automotive Castings, Inc., a leading manufacturer of complex high-pressure die cast components for the automotive industry. In that role he was responsible for nine factories in North America and Europe. Mr. Hoyte joined JL French at the beginning of 2001 and during his tenure he led a major financial and operational turnaround of the company, securing $190M of new financing. Before joining JL French, Mr. Hoyte was President of Ride and Motion Control Products, a division of Arvin Industries, Inc. In this role Mr. Hoyte was responsible for the worldwide suspension components business, including factories in Italy, Spain, Canada, and the USA, as well as two Japanese joint ventures, Arvin-Kayaba Suspension Systems and Kayaba-Arvin Steering Systems. Before being named president, Mr. Hoyte had been VP and Chief Operations Improvement Officer for Arvin Industries with global responsibility for Lean implementation.

Prior to joining Arvin Industries in 1996, Mr. Hoyte was Executive Vice President of Operations for Frigidaire Company, the North American home appliance-manufacturing subsidiary of AB Electrolux of Stockholm, the world’s largest appliance company. At Frigidaire, he led a highly successful large-scale Lean implementation across 10 factories and 3 distribution centers. Before joining Frigidaire Company in 1992, he was Vice President of World Wide Manufacturing for Cummins Engine Company.

Mr. Hoyte is a member of the Kettering University Board of Trustees, Chairman of Academic Affairs, a Distinguished Fellow and a board member of the Center for Operational Excellence at the Ohio State University, a Certified Lean Leader and Instructor, Senior Advisor to the Honda Supplier Network, a founding member of the Ford Advisory Group for Lean Manufacturing, and member of Sigma Beta Delta Business and Management Honor Society. Mr. Hoyte is frequently a guest lecturer in performance measurement and lean manufacturing for the MBA and MBOE programs at the OSU Fisher College of Business. He is a certified manufacturing engineer (SME) and holds three US patents. Mr. Hoyte received his BS in Industrial Engineering with honors from GMI (now Kettering University) and his MS in Management Science with honors from North Carolina State University School of Industrial Engineering.

David Hoyte


1971 - M.S. - Management Science - Masters - North Carolina State University
1971 - B.S. - Industrial Engineering - Bachelors - GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering University)

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