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Supply Chain and Logistics

Westlake, OH
January 29, 2019

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Chris Castell

Westlake, OH ***** 916-***-****

Global Supply Chain, Logistics and Distribution Executive

Transformational leader delivering results and optimizing profits across a fast-paced, ever-changing corporate landscape.

Skilled and dynamic executive business professional with robust experience fostering organizational growth through exceptional supply chain, logistics, transportation and distribution operations. Adept at optimizing performance through a culture of continuous improvement that enhances productivity and maximizes profitability. A proven military and commercial leader with an innate ability to minimize costs, establish best practices, and streamline operations. Eager to demonstrate knowledge and ability to an organization that shares a passion for challenging the status quo and redefining their industry.

Areas of Expertise

Intermodal Supply Chain & Logistics

Strategic & Tactical Negotiation

Executive Leadership

Global Contracts & Tenders

Project / Program Management & ISO

Coaching, Lean & Kaizen

Budget / P&L Controls

Trades Comp., ITAR, EAR, ACE, OFAC

C-TPAT, NAFTA, Global Transport, 3PL, Brokerage

Professional Experience

NewPort Tank Container (USA) LLC, Rocky River, OH

General Manager, North America, 2015 - 2019

Transformed comprehensive global operations throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico, leading more than 80 staff members to excel in critical business functions, including logistics, importing and exporting, fleet and equipment control, logistics billing, distribution, procurement, accounting, HR, IT, inside sales, and regulatory compliance across a $300M P&L budget of oil chemicals, HAZMAT and gas. Developed and implemented improvements to business model and promoted operational efficiencies. Established service level agreements with trucking and depot partners, tendering contracts with steamship and rail vendors to solidify service, risk management and rates across 80 suppliers, setting the standard within the Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier logistics services industry.

Increased operational excellence after enhancing logistical efficiencies by more than 80%, leading to a $4.2M spending decrease, a margin increase of 11.2%, and a 12.2% increase in NOI.

Mentored and coached 10 department leaders, ensuring organizational continuity and strategic advantage for more than 100K global shipments to over 90 countries across six continents with an assessed value of $225M.

Effectively streamlined operations and supply chain productivity, reducing errors, exceeding customer expectations with just-in-time logistics.

Elgin Fasteners Group, Cleveland, OH

Director – Global Supply Chain, Transportation, & Logistics, 2014 - 2015

Oversaw strategy and execution of all supply chain, transportation, logistics, distribution/warehousing and analytic functions throughout eight acquisition plant locations across five U.S. states and China with $225M P&L budget. Developed corporate policy, procedures, and operational direction for 65-member supply chain division. Negotiated and managed the ERP and VMS for steel, freight, maintenance, and operational contracts worth $140M, in addition to establishing and maintaining strategic relationships with international freight, customs and 3PL supply partners in Europe and Asia. Examined and identified U.S. and international customer requirements, leveraging partnerships with more than 900 raw materials, MRO, transportation, and other service suppliers.

Capitalized on implemented competitive supplier development program, identifying, vetting 500 preferred suppliers with national agreements that resulted in a 12% reduction in raw material, freight, and MRO spend.

Conceptualized and executed strategy to standardize procedures across all locations, improving supply chain efficiency by 20%, increasing gross profit margin by 15%, reduced risk and saved $500K.

Composite Engineering, Inc, Sacramento, CA

Senior Global Logistics Program Director, 2011 - 2014

Orchestrated cradle-to-grave supply chain, logistics, and program management integration across manufacturing, operations, and production programs for the $568M supply chain and $200M freight spend, partnering with the U.S. Navy and Air Force, as well as numerous U.S. State Department approved global clients. Directed comprehensive ERP and WMS oversight of more than 760 vendors, 130 carriers, and 24 3PLs, in addition to manufacturing, scheduling, inventory and quality control teams. Established and integrated best practices to benchmark performance across the company with responsibility for 45 indirect reports. Designed and executed process improvements across 20 core teams, leading global transformation in APAC, EMEA, and North America.

Achieved $13.7M cost savings over two years, authoring 23 corporate transport policies and procedures to optimize global transportation that increased capacity planning opportunities by 15% and delivery times by 8%.

Consistently drove down costs by 4.3% for three consecutive years with 10% domestic and 14% global freight savings over two years while maintaining on-time delivery at 98% and posting customer satisfaction rates of 99.2%.

Recognized for outstanding achievement, earning five Executive Leader Awards and two Team Awards.

Kem Krest Corporation, Elkhart, IN

Senior Program Manager, Senior Global Supply Chain & Trades Compliance Analyst, 2008 - 2011

Spearheaded training and development of all quality engineers, supply chain analysts, and program and transport associates. Coordinated first article production approval, resource allocation, selection, and mentoring of 12 supply chain and logistics managers. Facilitated growth and leadership across four Big-3 award-winning, cross-functional supply chain strategy teams, providing analytical support resulting in a 7% reduction in transport costs and a revenue increase of $136M.

Effectively leveraged ERP, VMS, and TMS system enhancements, improving picking errors by 15% and increasing on-time domestic delivery to 98.7% as well as global deliveries to 96.5%.

Achieved the company's top award, being named Employee of the Year in 2009 and 2010 and earning recognition from the VP of General Motors for outstanding contributions.

Additional Experience - Details Available Upon Request:

Assistant Professor (Transportation & Logistics) - American Public University - Mannassas, VA 2005-2009

Senior Transportation Manager - Werner Enterprises - Goshen, IN 2005-2008

Director of Global Supply Chain / Combat Operations - United States Air Force 1990-2005


PhD, Business Admin (Organizational Leadership), Northcentral University, Prescott Valley, AZ 2016, 3.95 GPA

M.B.A., Logistics Management, American Public University System, Manassas, VA 2004, 3.93 GPA

B.A., Management, American Public University System, Manassas, VA 2003, 3.78 GPA

A.A., Transportation, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell, AL 1998, 4.0 GPA

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