Executive Vice President - Operations
Force Protection, Inc.
Billion-dollar manufacturer of MRAP blast-protected tactical wheeled vehicles for US and allied defense agencies.
Directed manufacturing operations, which spanned production, manufacturing engineering, procurement, supply chain, quality, facilities, and EHS. Controlled $800M+ material, labor, and expense budget. Led site selection functions. Collaborated with senior government officials, customer representatives, and Board of Directors. Supervised 8 direct reports at director and SVP level with over 1,000 personnel. Served as Chair of Financial Disclosure Committee, ensuring compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley 404 disclosure requirements. Acted as member of Force Dynamics JV Board of Directors. Served as Director with South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance Plant Managers Division.
¨Supported revenue growth of 49%, from $891M in 2007 to $1.3B in 2008, boosted operating income 1,085%, reduced inventory 37%, increased inventory turns 28%, and improved cash flow from negative $9M to positive $37M.
oRestructured operations leadership team, reduced over 300 temporary welders and assemblers on basis of productivity improvements, established clearly-defined attendance requirements, implemented rational progressive discipline processes, and instituted random drug testing.
oImplemented standardized work and 5-S programs under leadership of Lean/TPS Implementation Manager, rolled out MRP supply chain processes, and established internal Kanban material delivery programs.
¨Led site selection activities culminating in purchase of 430,000-square foot facility with 220 acres at acquisition cost of $3.5M, which was offset by nearly $10M in state, county, and municipal incentives. Realized $100K in savings following purchase of 60,000-square foot facility with existing fee in lieu of tax incentive agreement.
¨Spearheaded on-time filing of 2008 form 10-K report by acting as Disclosure Committee Chairman and bringing additional operations involvement to overall financial disclosure process; chaired all disclosure team meetings in support of editorial review, risk factor assessments, and material weakness review. Prepared and delivered 2008 material weakness assessment presentation to Audit Committee of Board of Directors.
¨Achieved 50% year-over-year reduction in OSHA recordable safety incidents and laid groundwork for continuing improvement; played key role in company receiving EPA Award for eliminating MEK from paint shop operations.