Interest

Sport & Outdoor Activities, Volunteering, Movies, Cooking, Guitar.

Education, Awards, Languages & Clearances

Education

  • 2003 Master of Business Administration, Aust
  • 2002 Master of Management, Aust.
  • 1997 Residential Mgmt Forum 21 NZCM.
  • 1996 Cert in Project Planning & Control, NZ.
  • 1986 Cert in Information Proc (Dist), NZ.
  • 1984 Trade Fitter / Marine Outboards, Aust. (Bauxite Mining , Marine Slipway 5 Years)
  • Business & Comm Law Cert (Dist), Aust

Awards

  • 2002 Manly LSC Ray Leighton Inspirational Shield 

(Inspires Others by Deeds, Actions & Conduct)

  • Manly LSC - Volunteer Surf Lifesaver / Patrol Captain / Rescue Boat Driver & Instructor

Passports & Clearances

 Australian & British Citizen (Passports) D.O.B. 12/09/1959

 US DoD MNFI Pass Iraq Wide Biometric (expired)

 Australian Federal Police Character Clearance 2005-2009

 ** Also HMAS Penguin Navy Clearance Diver School as Civilian Gym & Physical Training Assistant.

Languages

Spanish - Intermediate Business & Social. Arabic / French / Pacific Pidgin - Basic

Achievements 2002-2011

2011/12 General Manager, SAA, Basra.

Contributed or wrote several multi-million dollar winning ICT bids for Lukoil, Shell, Exxon, BP.

Completed Gap Analysis and Ensured HSSE compliance after a review.

Helped design and write content for website.

Wrote a few winning bids for business friends in Ghana in Logistics & Private Security. 

2010 Senior PMO Manager, Korek Telecom, Kurdistan

  • Cross-functional project, planning & implementation for country wide expansion.
  • Significantly improved the Procurement Process for Technical & IT Dept.
  • Commenced or Completed Partner Agreements (Dell, Microsoft, Cisco, HP)

2010 Acting General Manager DiscoveryTel, Ghana

** wrote some subsequent winning UN logistics bids in 2011.

wrote a winning concession bid for Takoradi Air Force Base facilities / logistics

  • Successful WiMax 16e Bid Run & Vendor (with Financing) Selected to Match DiscoveryTel Strategy
  • Implementation in Progress. Reducing Expenses / Improving Revenues.

2009 Chief Operating Officer, AFWEST INTL

  • Forensic Accounting Identified Financial Shortfalls & 2 General Managers Sacked As Result
  • New High Value Bids Won Increasing Capital Value of Company
  • Due Diligence & Preparation of Market Possible Sale / JV Document
  • Onsite Construction Project Management & Recovering Building Projects (Warehouse & Residential)

2008 - CEO, ChimDingo, Panama. www.chimdingo.com - Strategic Consulting Reports / Property Rescue Plan. Creative & Motivational Writing. Own Company for Future. Saved my properties with Financial Plan!

2005/8 - Iraq GSM Telco, Director Business Programs PMO, Iraqna, Baghdad.

Iraqna was a private commercial company run under the most extreme circumstances I’ve ever encountered by a brave, dedicated & resilient international & local team; not without risk. A unique bond is created when people are prepared to risk their life for you = Assisting to Rebuild Iraq / Providing Alternative Leadership Style, Hope & Morale.

PMO/TQM Continuous & Process Improvement

  • Recovery of Oracle Fin 11.i E-Business Off-track Project 1st 4 Modules Live (GL,AP,CM,PO)
  • Ensured Cross Functional Delivery of Large Portfolio of Diverse Projects
  • Delivered Several Sensitive Root Cause Analysis i.e. Dummy Subs, Fueling, Premises, Security & Implemented/Co-operated With Recommendations
  • Implemented Project Based Culture, Enhanced Process Centric Approach & Improved Quality Follow-up to Improve Current Operations & Ensure Success of Other Departments

People (14 Direct Reports)

  • Mentored My Local Successor & Team Allowing Them to Grow Professionally, Several Who Have Since Taken Positions of More Responsibility in Other Departments
  • Restructured Department, Implemented Business Plan, Self-Managed Team & Self-Training
  • Assisted Peer Development by Mind Mapping, Presentation & Financial Skills Transfer
  • Improved Induction/Recruitment Process for HR by Transferring Personal Experience

$

  • $500k-$1m Direct Savings on Security, Fuel, Infrastructure as Result of Some Premises Centralisation + Intangible Productivity / Morale Benefits
  • Tangible Savings from Fuelling Analysis & Maintenance Improvement Corrective Action
  • Substantial Fines Avoided From Iraq CMC on Dummy Subscriber Project
  • Better Reporting, Cost Control & Invoicing by Recovering Oracle Project

Security

  • Strategic Withdrawal of Many Business/Accommodation Premises to Our Main Compound Despite Vigorous Opposition Resulting in Better Employee & Expatriate Safety, Reduced Risk Profile, Productivity Benefits & Rationalising Excessive Costs & Traveling Time Loss

Organisational

  • Delivered Several Consolidated Business Review Presentations for HQ Delivery
  • Significant Input Into Outcomes of Strategic Vision/Values Workshop
  • Successful PMO Role Post Merger Integration in Last 4 Months
  • Writing Speeches for CEO / Native English Translations for Legal & Commercial

SMT, Regulatory & KPI Reporting

  • All Preparation & Consolidated Reporting Delivered to CEO
  • Last Western Expatriate Standing on Executive & Someone CEO & CFO Could Rely On [Backdrop 50% Local 125% Expatriate Staff Turnover]

2004/5 - VisAustralia, Mexico. Conducted strategic review, prepared a financial plan, facilitated a new re-branding & marketing strategy, tax minimisation vehicles & negotiated new agency agreements to increase profile & revenue.

2002/3 - MGSM, Australia. Fulltime Self-Funded MBA with Highlight Distinctions in Strategic Mgmt & Negotiation.

Objective

I am available and looking (just been working remotely online for Sama al Azdhar while transitioning). I am a seasoned, professional Executive [Interim GM/PMO/IT Director] with several years international cross cultural contracting experience & 9 yrs at Senior Management Team level, seeking a new senior level challenge internationally, preferably in Spanish Latin America (local salary ok, Panama residency in process, currently relocated there, April 2012) but also flexible to other locations if a good challenge.

I demonstrate integrity, well-developed emotional intelligence, accountability & am a lateral thinker with a sense of humour who mentors & empowers staff, looks to add value, create opportunities, address root causes & deliver commercially acceptable win/win solutions.

I Can Add Value to Your Company by:

  • Contributing Positively & Creatively to Executive Management
  • Ensuring Your New Programs / Projects Are Delivered Professionally & Successfully
  • Recovering Off-Track Projects, Improving Current Operations & Ensure Other Dept Success
  • Ensuring Professional Standards Are Implemented, Maintained & Improved
  • Being the Bridge Between Business & Technical Domains to Achieve Customer Focus
  • Proactively Assisting Junior Staff to Reach Their Full Potential

Why Your Company Should Employ Me:

  • Can See & Join the Dots, Flexible to Changing Business & Market Priorities & Will Accept Any Challenge
  • Demonstrable Ability to Handle High Stress / Hardship Environments
  • Outcome Focused, Pay Attention to Detail & Meet Deadlines
  • Have the Educational & Real Life Experience to Approach Problems & Find Solutions

In summary I possess the strategic, technical, organisational, social, political & cultural competencies required to be a successful leader in any role or country.

Employment History Summary

Employment Summary

[** Senior Mgmt Team]

April 2011 - Present

General Manager - ICT to Upstream Oil - Sama al Azdhar, Basra, Iraq. www.samalazdhar.com

Jan 2011 - Mar 2011

Telco - WRAN CPM Ericsson, Haiti.

May 2010 - Dec 2010

Telco Senior PMO Manager, Korek Telecom GSM, Pirmam, Kurdistan www.korektel.com

Dec 2009 - April 2010Telco ** Acting General Manager, Telco (WiMax / CDMA), Accra, Ghana, West Africa. www.discoverytel.ie

Jul - Dec 2009 Private Security - Chief Operating Officer, AFWEST INTL, Accra, Ghana, West Africa. www.afwestinternational.com

2008 Property Development/Consulting - CEO, ChimDingo, Panama. Self Emp Consultant (Own Company) www.chimdingo.com

Sep 2005 - Apr 2008

Telco ** - Director Business Programs PMO, Zain (ex Iraqna), Baghdad, Iraq. F/T I-Mgt

Apr 2005 - May 2005

Legal - SAP Data Migration - Linklaters, CRM – Hailsham, London, UK.Temp

Feb 2004 - Mar 2005

Legal Immigration - Commercial Mngr, VisAustralia, Mexico (Panama, Colombia) Cons

Jan 2002 - Oct 2003

MBA - Macquarie University Graduate School of Mgmt, Sydney, Australia. F/T

Feb 2001 - Oct 2001

Telco - Special Projects Manager, Crown Castle Australia, Sydney, Australia. Ctrct

Mar 2000 - Dec 2000

ISP - Service Delivery / Ops Mngr Aust / NZ, chello broadband, Sydney, Australia. Ctrct

Apr 1999 - Dec 1999

Telco - Service Delivery / Project Manager, Nortel Networks, London UK/France. Ctrct

Nov 1994 - Feb 1999

Energy ** - IT Director (CIO equiv) / Knowledge Mgmt PD, Electricity Corp of NZ. F/T

Apr 1987 – Oct 1994

Shipping/IT - Project Mngr/Consultant, LAN’s, Support/IT Tutor, NZ/UK. Self Emp Cons

Competencies & Industries/Countried Used In

I Possess These Key Skills & Competencies: Knowlede Worker

·Leadership - Modern Approach [Top Quartile World 1998 – Boston CG] & General Mgmt

·PMO Portfolio Program & Project Mgmt (PMBOK) & Recovery - 10yrs

·Information Technology / Service Delivery (Strategic, Operational & Hands On) -12yrs

·Strategic Financial Analysis, Business Cases, Investigations & Commercial Negotiation

·Business Excellence, Continuous Improvement & Process Improvement Analysis

·Organisational & Cultural Transformation / Knowledge Mgmt / Conflict Resolution & Negotiation

·Ability to Mentor, Spot Talent, Develop It & Set-up Empowered Self Managed & Virtual Teams

Corporate Employment

Telco / ISP / ICT (Oil)(GSM Mobile, WiMax 16e, Satellite B/Bband, Upstream Oil) 8 yrs

Energy(Hydro Electricity Generation)5 yrs

Consulting & IT Vendors (Apparel, PC/LAN, Outsourcing, Tutor) 4 yrs

Shipping(Container Port)3 yrs

Legal / Property(Immigration/ Development)1 yr

MBA1 yr

Early & Blue Collar, Study Employment

Trade Apprenticeship (Mining / Marine / Meatworks)4 yrs

Sport, Leisure & Hospitality(Navy Gym, VIP Corporate Boxes)2 yrs

Banking (Retail)4 yrs

Countries

Kurdistan / Ghana / Iraq / Mexico / Panama / France / United Kingdom / New Zealand / Australia