Howard Danzyger

Summary

I am a senior product development leader with 20+ years of experience in engineering and product development at manufacturing, distribution and consulting organizations. I have successfully led the development of hundreds of products at Fortune 500 and privately held companies. I have demonstrated the ability to lead global cross functional teams in the development of robust product development and product maintenance systems. I am also certified as a Professional Project Manager (PMP). Skills in leadership, vendor development, project management and six sigma have enabled the development of innovative and highly profitable products.

Work History

Work History

Engineering Manager

Fellowes

Fellowes is a global privately held company that develops home and office organizational products.

Engineering Manager – Technology Accessory Group

2001 - 2003

Engineering Manager- Computer/Consumer Electronic Accessory Group

1998 -2001

Managed the Engineering, Quality, and Technical Support groups.Developed and managed an R&D budget of $1M+ and a capital budget of $1.5M+.

Developed new products.

·Led the development of hundreds of new products in a wide range of product categories, including cellular, PDA and laptop accessories; connectivity products; media storage; and ergonomic products.

·Proven track record developing products on time at the right cost that met performance requirements.

Led collaborative product development initiatives.

·Selected and collaborated with Asian manufacturers as our injection molding facility was divested.

·Facilitated a continuous improvement group charged with cutting product development time in half.

·Managed intellectual property by patenting novel ideas and insuring products were non-infringing.

Managed business unit’s intellectual property.

·Received 11 patents that enabled Fellowes to gain placement with innovative computer accessories.

·Reviewed patent applications and non-infringement searches with attorneys to ensure compliance.

Led business unit product and process documentation efforts.

·Process lead for implementing BOM, Routing, and Engineering modules of an Oracle ERP system.

·Implemented the Oracle engineering change system that provided control over product changes.

Product/Manufacturing Engineer1991 - 1998

Developed new products, implemented product improvements, and led product cost reductions.

·Introduced innovative computer accessories resulting in a leadership position in the category.

·Documented the corporate new product development process to formalize best practices.

·Developed an extensive keyboard manager line, eliminating the need to acquire a competitor and creating $1M+ in yearly revenues.

·Developed in innovative line of gel wrist rests and mouse pads that revolutionized the category resulting in $1M+ in yearly revenues.

·Defined product requirements through the creation of product specifications, costings, and BOMs.

Industrial Engineer1990 - 1991

Improved the profitability of injection molding and other assembly departments.

·Coordinated an injection molding setup reduction program resulting in a decrease in setup time of 50%.

·Implemented a process monitoring system in the injection molding department improving efficiencies.

Mar 2003 - Feb 2008

Director of Product Development

Newell Rubbermaid

Led the R&D group of the Coloring and Art global strategic business unit including Program Managers, Development Engineers and Industrial Designers with indirect management of Development Chemists and Plant Engineers.Developed products for the Prismacolor, Foohy and Papermate brands.Responsible for multi million dollar capital and expense budgets.

Developed children’s school accessories and fine art products.

·Proven track record in leading the development of hundreds of new children’s and artists products.

·Developed an entire range of products for a new children’s brand contributing $10M+ in yearly sales.

·Utilized consumer research to develop innovative products: mood pens, markers with invisible ink, school accessories filled with “lava” solution, and many others to enable expansion of children’s market segment.

·Led the development of fine art products resulting in the development of 100+ new pencil and marker colors, including the first pencil to meet ASTM lightfast standards.

·Enabled business unit to achieve over 20% of sales in 2006 attributable to new products.

·Managed the business unit’s intellectual property and protected innovations through filing 10+ patents.

Process leader of the New Product Development process.

·Led a cross functional team that developed a Stage-Gate® process, created documentation, trained 300+ people and instituted continuous improvement resulting in improved efficiencies & speed to market.

Directed the creation and maintenance of the business unit’s product and process specifications.

·Led a project to develop specifications and procedures for art products to improve product quality.

·Initiated analysis of measurement systems and performance standards to ensure product compliance.

Led business unit productivity and quality initiatives.

·Participated in training and roll out of Six Sigma Black Belt training and gained proficiency in thought maps, process maps, components of variation, measurement systems evaluation, and design of experiments.

·Utilized design of experiments to identify factors in pencil warpage saving over $300K in cost avoidance.

·Identified and implemented productivity projects that contributed $100,000+ each year in savings.

Developed partnerships with suppliers, internal manufacturing sites, and functional groups.

·17+ years of experience collaboratively working with American, Chinese, Japanese, and Indian manufacturers to drive improved quality and speed to market.

·Developed a vendor partner for a line of liquid filled school accessories contributing $1M+ in sales yearly.

·Initiated a development partnership for a line of archival markers that cut development time by 50%.

Education

Education

BS

University of Illinois

MS