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Director Warehouse and Transportation Operations

Geneva, Illinois, United States
February 13, 2018

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Brian D. Pennington

Cell: 630-***-****

Executive Profile

I’m a passionate and accomplished Distribution, Transportation, and Operations professional whom has demonstrated the ability to deliver mission critical results. Committed to cost effective leadership of resources and focused on establishing a competitive advantage through a world class quality performance. Can-do attitude with focus on developing, retaining, and recruiting talent while finding solutions to operational challenge and delivering sustainable results. High standards for business ethics and integrity.

Skill Highlights

Leadership, Planning and Execution

Collaborative Cross-Functional Communication

Teambuilding, Team Player

● Union, Non-Union, Leased employee negotiation

Strong Interpersonal Skills & Work Ethic

and labor cost controls

Lean & 5S, Quality, SWOT Analysis

Human Resources, Talent Management

Financial Acumen and Analysis, Profit Contribution

Safety, Security, Compliance, Quality, Service, Cost Control

Multimillion-dollar Profit & Loss Management

● SAP, ERP, Voxware/Vocollect, MS Windows, WMS,

Budget Development, Sustainability

● DSD (Direct Store Delivery), 3PL, Corporate, Regional

Strategic Planning & Tactical Execution

Distribution Services, Transportation, Operations, Logistics

Multiple Region/Distribution Center Network/Fleet Strategy

XATA, Peoplenet, DriveCam, Zonar, Appian

● Private Fleet & Warehouse Operations Proficiency

End to End Project Management, Warehouse Optimization

Operational Leadership Accomplishments

●Twenty eight years of progressive distribution, transportation, logistics, and operations leadership and experience

●Integral in the development and execution of a comprehensive operations leadership strategy focused on People, Safety, Productivity, Capabilities, Quality/Service, and Profit

●Handle all functions related to Distribution Services within industry leading CPG company

●Core competencies are Create Direction, Drives Alignment, Inspire & Energize People, Deliver Results, Invest in People, Organized to Win

●Reduced distribution cost as percent to sales by 1.7% representing $9M value stream in three years along with World Class NSC safety rating with three consecutive years of greater than 15% reduction in TRIR and LTIR thus reducing LWD and workers compensation costs

●Proven track record of high performance cross-functional team building, project management, and financial planning results orientation

●Committed to company mission, vision, goals, objectives, and values with tenacious drive for continuous improvement and talent development

Professional Experience

Regional Distribution Director Kellogg Company – Oak Brook, IL April 2014 – December 2017

Oversee all aspects and compliance associated with day-to-day DSD and 3PL operations in twenty state regions in the Western & Central US. Responsibilities include leadership of twenty multi-unit warehouse operations serving complex retail organizations and extensive network of private fleet DSD route operations, delivering to over 9K customer's per week world class customer service.

Twenty Distribution Center Managers as direct reports, leading a total organization in excess of 600 employees comprised of union, non-union, and leased personnel. Report directly to Vice President DSD Supply Chain. Member of Executive Guiding Coalition setting division strategy. Worked collaboratively with key business units to identify and executive cost saving and service enhancing initiatives including EDI, Scan Based Trading, Pick to Pallet, Pick to Voice, Green Light Receiving, Honor Check In, and Advanced Shipment Notice ASN.

Responsible for distribution operating financial analysis, planning, and execution of budget in excess of $120M. Partner with Regional VP, Sales Directors, Key Account Directors, Finance, Zone Managers, Business Development Managers, and Field Sales to achieve annual Gross Sales Volume in excess of $1B. Developed & implemented delivery frequency standards. Delivered year on year 4%+ overhead savings.

Demonstrated ability to lead and maintain numerous high priority business objectives both strategically and tactically, including deployments and execution of industry leading supply chain solutions including robust LEAN Principles in partnership with 5S to establish a rich culture of continuous improvement, ERP Enterprise Resource Planning, shared services including Safety, Customer Service Center, HR, Finance, Procurement, Logistics Services, and Talent Acquisition, complex routing systems, and several telematics solutions within complex private fleet operations. Manage order to cash process to deliver improved cycle times and optimize material flow to reduce miles, touches, and dwell time.

Proven track record implementing and achieving significant operational efficiencies, driving below budget, and below previous year operating expenses. #1 ranking region three consecutive years as measured by key performance indicators. Reduced distribution cost as percent to sales by 1.7% representing $9M value stream in three years. "Best in Class Safety Performance" with three consecutive years of >15% reduction in TRIR & LTIR, thus reducing LWD and workers compensation costs. Conduct daily/weekly/monthly financial reviews of distribution operations.

Specialize in the identification of operational opportunity through the use of LEAN operating principles and creating value through execution of operations strategic imperatives. Focused on creating a competitive advantage through strong commitment to talent management, recruitment, retention, and professional development. Partner with business unit centers of excellence to develop customer relationships and drive sales.

Spearheaded strategy for automated tracking of OS&D leveraging SAP solution platform with 2.5% reduction ($53M revenue) since 2014.

Director, DSD SAP Implementation Kellogg Company – Oak Brook, IL October 2009 – April 2014

DSD Business Lead for the Kellogg North America SAP E1P Implementation ($200M project). Total accountability for the successful planning, design, build, testing and deployment to 40 DSD locations.

Spearheaded the simultaneous design of a SAP WM solution for ten largest facilities

Director, DSD Operations Kellogg Company – Battle Creek, MI January 2005 - October 2009

Ensured consistent operations throughout the DSD network consisting of more than fifty company operated distribution centers and extensive network of private fleet operations to support top customer service levels.

Developed and issued numerous standard operating procedures to drive superior customer service and operating efficiency levels.

Partnered with IT, Customer Team Leaders, Account Executives, Customers, Field Sales, and Distribution Operations to implement B2B data synchronization and delivery efficiency initiatives.

Performed top to top executive headquarter calls with key customers to sell and incorporate our technologies with customer's capabilities to strengthen business partnership. Developed operational effectiveness to support UCCNet compliance, Data Sync, Scan Based Trading, Green Light Receiving, ASN, RFID, DEX, NEX, EDI delivery efficiency initiatives.

Development of network backhaul operation in 2006 which netted $1M

SR. Manager, DSD Deployment Kellogg Company – Elmhurst, IL October 2002 – December 2004

Responsible for managing, organizing, and planning activities associated with delivering optimal customer and supply chain inventory levels (400 SKUs) to maintain harmonious and profitable logistics within the production facilities (16), co-packers (14), Distribution Centers (50), and 6 big box mixing centers.

Managed 8 corporate/regional deployers and actively participated and/or led various task forces to assist in integration of operations, networks and processes in meeting company objectives, especially around speed to market of new innovation.

Department achieved company set goal of 98% fill rate and 50% reduction in aged product during both 2003 and 2004.

Partner with production planning, demand planning, marketing, and transportation to effectively achieve company objectives while working in an intensely challenging environment with rapidly changing priorities.

Regional Deployment Manager Kellogg Company – Columbus, OH April 2001 – October 2002

Maintained top ranking fill rate 98% and at the same time reduced redeployment cost by over 36%, reducing actual shipments by over 30%, delivering over 15M cases each year.

Effectively reduced POP $ inventories by over 70% ($1M) from P9 2001 to P2 2002 through completion of SKU rationalization analysis & centralized ordering/redeployments.

Spearheaded logistic support for alternate channel and auto ship program to improve historical % ACV Distribution and Display for new product introductions.

Effectively managed Kellogg point person responsibilities to include multiple cross-functional communication and analysis for successful integration to DSD.

Distribution Center Manager Keebler Company – Columbus, OH April 1998 – April 2001

Responsible for $5M annual P&L, shipped over 3M DSD/NSD/DSDD volume annually in OH, WV, and IN.

Accountable for food/people safety, federal/state/local compliance, Human Resource functions including talent management, private fleet and warehouse operations, productivity, LEAN CI, labor relations in heavily organized union facility, and financial steward.

Effectively transitioned/managed local operations during Sunshine Biscuit LBO, Keebler IPO on NYSE, and President's Baking purchase.

Accountable for all private fleet functions including safety, security, & compliance; workforce/workplace development, organizational/operational systems; equipment and maintenance; and finance.

Provided operation leadership resulting in 50% reduction of advance documents and store level refusals. Effectively managed transportation and warehouse performance, inventory management, & asset maintenance.

Successfully managed all fleet related responsibilities including all DOT employee & fleet 100% compliance, licensing, registering, city/state taxes, titling, and maintenance.

Assistant DC Manager Keebler Company – Akron, OH March 1996 – March 1998

Transportation Manager Keebler Company – Akron, OH July 1994 – March 1996

Warehouse Manager Keebler Company – Akron, OH May 1992 – June 1994

2nd Shift Supervisor Keebler Company – Akron, OH March 1990 – April 1992


University of Akron 1985 - 1990 Bachelor of Science, Industrial Management

College of Business Administration AACSB

GPA: 3.76 Magna Cum Laude


Certified Transportation Professional CTP* Private Fleet & Warehouse Operations Leadership, DuPont STOP for Supervision, National Safety Council Safety Leadership for Supervisors, Reasonable Suspicion Alcohol & Drug for Supervision, First Aid & CPR Certified.

Training/Special Projects

Strategic Network Planning, Tactical Execution, High Performance Teams, Pathways to Leadership, Coaching, Building Capacity to Change “Resilience”, LEAN, 5S, Code of Ethics & Compliance Training, Employment Laws, Hiring Process & Behavioral Interview Training, Hazard Recognition, and Ergonomics Awareness.

Special Project Lead>Customer Collaboration Initiatives; Project Lead>Multiple Integrations, Solutions to Savings Lead; Performance Management Plan Lead; SAP Integration, Point of Purchase JIT Initiative, Safety Training Committee Lead, and Supply Chain Steering Committee.

LEAN Principle education, deployment, and execution to drive a culture of continuous improvement

Center of excellence for several industry leading transportation telematics solution pilot, RFP, review, analytics, and subsequent deployments


NSC Safety Culture Team World Class Ranking

CEO Bottom Line Contributor Recognition

Multiple W.K. Kellogg Global and KNA Values Awards

1999 Keebler Presidents Award Recipient

Multiple Keebler/Kellogg Ernie Awards for annual Distribution Center Excellence

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