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Chemical Engineering Supply Chain

Lake Hopatcong, NJ
October 17, 2018

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Mount Olive, NJ 07840


Accomplished Global Operations Executive with outstanding record of leading growth strategy and turnaround for

under-performing organizations and critical operations. Strong leader succeeds at working collaboratively, globally,

and cross-culturally. Proven strategic and tactical in alignment of production and supply chain processes. Extensive

background of achievements in restructuring operations, improving productivity, reducing cost, managing projects,

and optimizing working capital, inventory, and technical operations. Superior Manager of global matrix organizations,

leading multi-plant and supply chain operations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. Outstanding

performance under pressure and meeting deadlines through delegation and team process.


Strategic Planning, Forecasting and Execution Quality Management Systems

Financial Statements and Analysis Regulatory Compliance and Program

Global Operations Management Implementation

Lean Manufacturing and Production Management Merger and Acquisition Due diligence

Sourcing, Negotiations and Procurement Organizational Culture and Change Management

Capital Investments and Budgetary Governance SAP Implementation

Inventory and Cost Control


Chief Operating Officer / Dominion Colour Corporation - Toronto, ON 03/2017 - 01/2018

Led global supply chain of five manufacturing facilities and three distribution centers worldwide, administering

key functions of production, quality, safety, engineering, procurement, sales inventory and operations

planning (SI&OP), and operational excellence.

Managed global sourcing and procurement of raw materials in collaboration with R&D for qualification.

Saved $500,000 by leveraging purchase of commodities based on daily commodity index behavior.

Spearheaded process improvement, culture change, and execution of operations plan to support strategic

growth plan.

Implemented uniform KPIs across all sites and functions to assess and improve performance.

Directed integration of UK and Canada color dispersion entities into parent organization.

Positioned as Member of senior leadership team, company officer, and board of directors Member.

Vice President Operations / Swan Products, LLC - Atlanta, GA 04/2013 - 02/2017

Swan Products, LLC, the divested Colorite/Swan Hose business of Tekni-Plex, Inc., and leading global producer of

premium branded consumer and industrial hoses.

Led manufacturing management and supply chain of three consumer and industrial hose producing facilities

and two distribution centers with additional oversight of production, engineering, process development,

procurement, quality, safety, and operational excellence.

Handled all facets of third-party manufacturing and outsource partners in Asia, including warehousing,

distribution, and 3PL partners.

Achieved cumulative cost reduction of $3.2 million from select finished goods and raw materials.

Conducted annual productivity and operational excellence sessions to develop cost reduction projects and

define targets for annual financial forecast.

Oversaw, managed, coached, and routinely monitored project execution for timeliness and cost savings.

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Experience Continued

Drove P&L of $25 million USD in plant expenditure and $55 million in raw material purchases.

Generated year-over-year labor and overhead average cost savings of 4%.

Executed and achieved $5 million cost reduction from plant consolidation, inventory reduction, and working

capital improvement.

Maintained total injury and illness rate (TIIR) less than 1.2%.

Installed ecommerce process and distribution model.

Hired, trained, and determined appropriate disciplinary measures; mentored, coached, and developed

succession plans and personnel.

Served as Member of executive leadership team and Board Observer.

Vice President Manufacturing / Tekni-Plex, Inc. - Ridgefield, NJ 10/2008 - 04/2013

Managed Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) synthesis, compounding, and hose manufacturing for Colorite Swan

Division of eight production facilities, producing suspension or dispersion grades PVC resins, compounds,

colored master batch, and SWAN brand consumer and industrial hoses.

Led production management, engineering, process development, environmental health, safety, and quality

systems (ESHQ).

Held oversight of eight manufacturing plants and five warehouse locations in USA and Canada with sales of

$300 million and 600 employees.

Directed and achieved operating productivity of $10 million cost reduction.

Achieved year-over-year EBITDA improvement of $25 million and average scrap reduction from 12.5% to

3%, yielding over $5 million in material savings.

Reduced working capital by 30%, inventory from 208 to 70 days, and payment terms from COD to average

net 75.

Accomplished full turnaround of Colorite business unit which yielded $7 million EBITDA for fiscal year 2012.

Developed and executed operating budgets and capital investment plans to support improvement in

technology, productivity, and growth.

Established key performance indicators (KPI) for variance analysis and facilitated review process to ensure

corrective action and accountability.

Drove P&L of $35 million in plant expenditure.

Spearheaded training initiative for organizational culture change, boosting employee engagement and

resulting in 50% reduction of total injury and illness rate (TIIR) in 12 months.

Facilitated best practice exchange in functional disciplines and plant locations through technologies and

operating practice.

Served as Member of business unit senior leadership team.

VP Operational Excellence / Evonik Corporation - Parsippany, USA, NJ 05/2008 - 10/2008

Led and implemented operational excellence organization and team for North America region.

Collaborated with business units to identify $50 million Euro in cost reduction and productivity improvement.

Established protocols for site diagnosis aimed at identifying and quantifying opportunities for improvement.

Conducted energy assessments and various analyses for review and action by executive management.

Identified over $12 million in potential energy projects.

Harmonized basic optimization processes in North America region as lean, six sigma, TPM, SMED, and

self-directed work teams.

Recognized needs, developed programs, and offered productivity tools as SMED, TPM, 5S, and LEAN for

operational improvement.

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Experience Continued

VP Global Operations / Evonik Corporation - Parsippany, NJ 01/2006 - 05/2008

Oversaw global manufacturing, supply chain, and process development of Evonik AG global colorant

business line and China polyester unit.

Managed site operations across six global locations, spanning USA, Canada, Netherlands, Australia, and


Developed and executed $30 million global operating budget for manufacturing and capital investment

projects, ranging from $5 - $25 million.

Created and enacted investment projects, supporting strategic objectives of business line for pigment

grinding, packaging automation, and materials.

Evaluated and implemented technology options for production optimization, cost reduction, and restructuring

of global footprint.

Restructured or closed unprofitable operations.

Coordinated production and supply chain to achieve lease cost basis for global sourcing of products from

China, Australia, and Netherlands.

Enabled and implemented EHSQ management systems, specifically ISO 9001 and 14000, and Responsible

Care through reporting accountability in each region.

Managed logistics, third-party production partners, and external warehousing or 3PL with annual budget of

$10 million.

Positioned as Member of Evonik Multi-User Site Advisor Panel.

Director Global Manufacturing / Evonik Corporation - Colorants Business Parsippany, NJ 05/2002 – 01/2006

Plant Manager / Evonik Corporation Lockland, OH

Plant Manager / Evonik Corporation, Brampton, ON


Certificate: Business Leadership and Executive Development

International Institute for Management Development - Lausanne

York University - Toronto, ON

Bachelor of Science: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Technology

Ryerson Polytechnical Institute - Toronto, ON

Chemical Engineering Technology


Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology

Society of Plastic Engineers

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