Senior executive with over 20 years experience creating, implementing, and managing complex logistics and business processes. Responsible for operations, supplier relations, procure-to-pay processes, supply chain strategy, and P&L in food and pharmaceutical distribution industries. Successful at increasing profit by analyzing problems, identifying opportunities, leading, and driving solutions. Recognized for championing innovation and efficiency in turnaround and growth scenarios and for combining technical and financial knowledge with managerial talent and leadership acumen. A strong collaborator, accomplished mentor, developer of talent, and committed leader who gets results by finding the best solutions, building effective teams, and executing against aggressive and ambitious growth plans.
- Partner, Dallas Social Venture Partners, currently & see above
- Industrial Advisory Committee, School of Industrial Engineering, University Of Oklahoma, 1985-1991, and currently
- University of Texas at Dallas Supply Chain Management Industry Advisory Board, currently
- Advisory Board for the Dallas International House of Blues Foundation Room, 2008-2009
- Donation and support selection committee, McKesson Foundation, 2004-2008
- Board of Directors, Harvesters Food Bank of Kansas City, 1991-1993
- Board of Directors, Omniplex Science Museum, Oklahoma City, 1988-1991. Served one year as Vice President, Education and on the Executive Committee.
Industry activities, publications and press coverage available on request
2009 - Present
Worked to enable Asian sourcing for consumer products retailers by delivering supply chain efficiencies previously available only to very large retailers like Wal-Mart and Target. Swan recently formed a joint venture with Hercules Logistics in Shenzhen, China and formed Swan & Hercules Global Logistics Co., Ltd.
Mar 2009 - Present
Board of Directors
- Leading strategic planning at VMLC. VMLC is a nonprofit dedicated to improving English literacy levels among non-English speaking adults and children by providing programs in communication and life skills.
- Leading capacity building effort for Dallas Community Lighthouse (DCL). DCL Assists at-risks youths to complete their education with after-school programs in the Dallas Independent School District.
- Capacity building project team with North Texas Food Bank. Recipient of their 2009 Community Innovator of the Year award.
Jan 1999 - Oct 2008
VP, Supplier Processes
McKesson is a $100 billion provider of healthcare solutions across the full spectrum of hospitals, pharmacies, payors, pharmaceutical manufacturers, physician practices, long-term care facilities, and surgery centers. McKesson is also the world’s largest distributor of pharmaceutical products to hospital and retail pharmacies. McKesson’s shared services center in Carrollton, Texas processes more transactions than any other financial shared services center in the US.
Leader of purchase-to-pay functions for turnaround team that quadrupled transaction volume and revenue, reduced expenses by 50%, and moved all quality measures to world-class level.
- Turned reverse logistics function from a $40 million annual expense in 2000 to a +$30 million profit center by 2004 and beyond.
- Offset eight billion dollars in inventory with payables while keeping all payments current and reducing staff by 50%.
- Developed industry recognized supply chain collaboration and scorecard process.
- Led facility implementation of Six Sigma process.
1980 - 1999
Fleming was the nation’s largest distributor of food and consumer goods to grocery retailers of all sizes, with operations that provided product to all 50 states. Career began as an entry-level industrial engineer and progressed to corporate officer.
1993 - 1999
Vice President, Logistics and Corporate Officer
Managed 17 distribution centers and oversaw 15 others. Responsible for all distribution functions of the company, including labor relations, inventory management, transportation, warehousing, industrial engineering, information technology for distribution, safety and occupational health. Managed $1 billion expense budget. Worked with senior team and special task force to bring Fleming through extreme change brought about by industry consolidation and business model changes.
- Integrated the largest acquisition in the history of food wholesaling.
- Installed new inventory control system in 16 operations.
- Managed 5 major construction projects and 3 major warehouse reconfigurations.
- Outsourced the transportation operation in 11 divisions.
- Closed 8 divisions and assimilated the business into other divisions.
- Disposed of 1.5MM square feet of excess warehouse space and developed a logistics services business to utilize other excess capacity.
1991 - 1993
Operations Manager, Kansas City Division
Managed a team of about 300 associates in merchandising, warehouse, transportation, facility, IT and customer service functions.
- Consolidated three other distribution centers into regional Kansas City division, doubling sales and significantly reducing operating costs.
- Led recovery from a serious fire that destroyed approximately half of the company’s distribution capability, without significant service disruption or lost customers and with minimal capital expenditures.
1980 - 1991
Industrial Engineer, Director of Industrial Engineering, Director of Warehousing
Progressed through a series of staff support functions with responsibility for productivity and process improvement programs and ultimately gained full responsibility for warehouse operations and capital expenditures.
- Increased warehouse productivity by 30%, significantly funding the company’s growth strategy.
- Designed and implemented productivity improvement programs and systems. Provided expert testimony in more than ten law suits with Teamster locals, all of which resolved in the company’s favor.
- Redesigned distribution network, utilizing network design work from PhD dissertation, and supported frequent distribution center acquisitions.
Dissertation topic: "Facility Location within a Distribution System"
Nonprofit Management Certificate
Through the Center for Nonprofit Management