Gary Takemura, MBA, MPM, PMP, CSM
SENIOR PROGRAM & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Consummate High Tech Strategist with more than two decades of experience providing performance-focused direction for projects and programs that improve operations, organizational image, and fiscal health. Effectively manages and coordinates critical priorities in matrixed, global environments for Fortune 500 companies including Oracle, Apple, Cisco Systems and Universal Studios; culturally sensitive, skilled in multi-million dollar cost control, and strategic new technology integration and migration. Communicates complex value propositions with precision and impact, and develops future-focused solutions that create stakeholder value. Effectively builds and manages large teams of cross-functional specialists, and performs meticulous research of long term plans that support operational infrastructures. Trusted senior advisor to C Level executives in multiple areas, including IT planning and deployment, Human Capital, Contract Management, Security, M&A/post merger environments and Quality Assurance.
Specialized expertise in the deployment of complex, mission-critical applications and corporate initiatives, such as Global TelePresence systems (Cisco) and fully integrated LAN/WAN networks for voice, data and AV Teleconferencing (Universal Studios/Seagram/Tropicana).
Has led the design and creation of extensive data/call center facilities, and the planning and management of numerous headquarter relocations and systems migrations for Apple, BEA Systems, SunAmerica, Exxon and Mitsubishi.
Highly proficient in the seamless delivery of end-to-end solutions that encompass the entire project lifecycle; IT infrastructure, systems development and programming, budget development, employee management, business systems development, equipment procurement, maintenance and operations.
Next Generation Technologies
Project & Program Management
Financial Planning & Analysis
ORACLE, REDWOOD SHORES, CA 2007-PRESENT
SR. PRINCIPAL PROGRAM MANAGER, GIT PROGRAM MANAGEMENT OFFICE
Spearheads the development and oversight of key mergers and acquisitions, real estate and IT projects and corporate initiatives through the Global IT Project Management Office (PMO). Dictates RFPs and vendor selection to drive the launch and administration of critical technology solutions, including AAA, Cisco TelePresence video conferencing, firewalls, and switch / server failover.
• Controlled consolidation and shutdown for select offices along with construction and technical integration of new corporate buildings.
APPLE COMPUTER INC., CUPERTINO, CA 2005-2007
RETAIL PROGRAM MANAGER, GLOBAL NETWORK SERVICES (GNS), 2006-2007
Orchestrated all aspects and levels of support for the Apple retail store network, serving as the GNS liaison among Store Ops and Facilities personnel and vendors. Assisted with operations on essential projects and infrastructure enhancements as well as new store site opening and remodels.
LEAD PROJECT MANAGER, GLOBAL NETWORK SERVICES, 2006
Coordinated the execution of major global WAN and infrastructure projects and headed the design and build-out of data and call center facilities, including systems migrations and support as well as operations in Bangalore.
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER, GLOBAL NETWORK SERVICES, 2005-2006
Supervised significant WAN infrastructure projects from concept through to procurement and rollout (such as customer service upgrades and retail store support), while also acting as a key contributor on senior management decisions and issue resolution.
CISCO SYSTEMS, SAN JOSE, CA 2000-2005
TECHNICAL PROJECT MANAGER, CISCO ON CISCO, 2003-2005
Guided and regulated PMO and Project Review Board portfolios, while advising and delivering strategic recommendations on company products and technology to senior executives.
• Boosted corporate investment in IT and emphasized value of positioning Cisco as its own "first and best Enterprise customer".
TECHNICAL PROJECT MANAGER, SOLUTIONS ARCHITECTURE & TECHNOLOGY SERVICES (SATS), 2001-2002
Steered process and performance improvements via technology and architecture solutions combined with facilitating communications between IT and diverse business units, which enhanced overall business development, productivity and profitability.
SENIOR IT PROJECT MANGER, 2000-2001
Conducted the assessment of enterprise VPN solutions and mandated the policies and procedures for deployment of the selected VPN client for remote access service to all employees.
• Generated $10M in annual savings by pioneering a private to public dial solution.
• Recognized as "Employee of the Quarter" for actions and capabilities in delivering the corporate VPN rollout.
ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
INTERNET/MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT, LOS ANGELES, CA 1999-2000
DIRECTOR, STRATEGIC PLANNING - UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, INC., UNIVERSAL CITY, CA 1997-1999
TEAM LEADER, IT RE-ENGINEERING NETWORK IMPLEMENTATIONS - UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, INC., UNIVERSAL CITY, CA 1997
DIRECTOR, NETWORK PLANNING & TELECOMMUNICATIONS - UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, INC., UNIVERSAL CITY, CA 1996-1997
MANAGER, OPERATIONS - SUNAMERICA - FINANCIAL, INC., LOS ANGELES, CA 1993-1996
MANAGER, TELECOMMUNICATIONS – SUNAMERICA - FINANCIAL, INC., LOS ANGELES, CA 1990-1993
ACCOUNT MANAGER – FIRST INTERSTATE BANK, LOS ANGELES, CA 1988-1989
SYSTEMS CONSULTANT – FIRST INTERSTATE BANK, LOS ANGELES, CA 1987-1988
MANAGER, TECHNICAL SERVICES - MITSUBISHI ELECTRONICS, TORRANCE, CA 1985-1987
TELECOMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST - MITSUBISHI ELECTRONICS, TORRANCE, CA 1985
TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS ANALYST – EXXON CO., USA, THOUSAND OAKS, CA 1983-1985
EDUCATION • CERTIFICATIONS • PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
MPM (MASTERS IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT) • THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON, D.C.
MBA, TELECOMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT • GOLDEN GATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES, CA
BS, BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, EMPHASIS IN MARKETING • CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES, CA
CERTIFIED SCRUM MASTER
SIX SIGMA GREEN BELT
PMI – PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE
SMPTE – SOCIETY OF MOTION PICTURE & TELEVISION ENGINEERS
BICSI – BUILDING INDUSTRY CONSULTING SERVICE INTERNATIONAL