James Lee

James Lee

Summary

A general management executive seeking strategic challenges in manufacturing, services, and sustainability/clean technology ventures. 

Major strength is the ability to envision, plan, and execute critical business programs where there was no prior process, model or technology.  Particularly adept at building alliances, collaboratively solving operational challenges, and building win-win relationships with partners, customers, investors, and distributors. 

Have crafted solutions to complex challenges both domestically and internationally at United Technologies, Lucent, SONY, Tyco, ITT, Private Equity, and Sustainability Ventures. 

Have a global and multi-functional background with proven accomplishments in delivering growth and strategic initiatives requiring strategic planning, operations/supply chain, finance, IT, HR, engineering, sales, and marketing. 

Work History

Work History
Jun 2006 - Present

Consultant for Private Equity, Global Corporations & Sustainability Clients

Axcelerate LLC

Responsible for planning and executing strategic programs that accelerate profit growth and reduce costs for clients.

  • Analyze and develop sustainability business offerings including financing for energy improvements to IT data centers leveraging energy credits, efficiency savings, tax incentives/credits, government policies, and vendor financing.
  • Planned and implemented global supply chain planning and manufacturing costing solution that enabled a private equity client to globally manage costs, quality, customer satisfaction, quoting, and pricing across 9 plants in 6 months by closely partnering with operations and sales executives.
  • Retained by a corporate client to turn-around a poorly-managed, global human resource project by identifying and addressing weaknesses in business process standardization, program management, and finance/ IT integration.
May 2005 - May 2006

Senior Director of Technology Strategy & Operational Excellence

Tyco International

Responsible for leading strategic planning process, partnering with global business executives to ensure strategic alignment of investments, and quarterly technology reporting to CEO, CFO, and the Board of Directors.

  • Planned and oversaw global data center audits in Europe, Americas, and Asia resulting in energy improvements, cost savings, performance benefits, and reduced risks from unreliable power grid facilities.
  • Led the turn-around of a $32 Million capital program to build global IT Shared Services/Data Centers by addressing operational weaknesses in service delivery, quality, pricing, costing, energy/facilities, and customer satisfaction.
  • Saved over $10 Million in annual consulting/auditing costs by integrating SOx, Internal Audit, and Security programs into one management platform that eliminated unnecessary waste of three similar risk management programs.
Mar 2004 - Apr 2005

Director for Business Operations & Strategy, Small Medium Business Group

http://www.avaya.com

Responsible for managing global operations for a $300 Million international business.

  • Improved front/back office operating efficiency over 25% by establishing an integrated global operating system that automated manual transactions with distributors, resellers, and customers.As a result, created an integrated global sales forecasting and support operation for all sales channels including direct, indirect, and professional services.
  • Designed and implemented web-based services to better serve direct & indirect sales channels by delivering systems and services that increased channel profitability without increasing costs or giving away channel margin.
Apr 2002 - Feb 2004

General Manager for Technology Investment Portfolio

http://www.sony.com

Responsible for managing process and technology investments across Sony Electronics North American decentralized operations by leveraging Six Sigma and SAP solutions for a $17 Billion business.

  • Eliminated over $10 Million in redundant investments by consolidating over 400 projects worth over $200 Million in annual budget into a Strategic Technology Portfolio ensuring alignment to Sony’s business strategies.
  • Established account management process to improve business relationships and execution of investments for internal and external stakeholders including Human Resources, Legal, Six Sigma, and Finance, and 3rd party partners.
Jan 2001 - May 2002

Global CIO & Business Spinoff Leader for $2.5 Billion Optical Fiber Business

Lucent Technologies - Optical Fiber Solutions

Managed business transformation, organizational change, and technology teams to spinoff Lucent’s most profitable unit.Direct annual budget of $30 Million expense, $90 Million capital, and 125 staff in 14 sites including Europe, Asia, and South America.

Mar 1999 - Dec 2000

Director, Global PMO, Business Process & Architecture

Responsible for setting global operations and technology architectures, managing risky projects, and developing leaders.

  • Saved over $40 Million by eliminating redundant business investments by influencing decentralized unit leaders to cooperate and standardize on business process architecture, shared services, and eliminating outdated activities.
  • Reduced project management expenses by 20% ($1 Million annually) by establishing a program management office to oversee hundreds of project teams that improved management processes, reporting, and risk management.
Jun 1997 - Dec 1998

Director of Global Operational Planning, Analysis, and Strategy

General Signal Corporation

Responsible for identifying and achieving operating improvements across direct and indirect operating areas for a $2.1 billion portfolio company.

  • Increased operating income over $28 Million by successfully restructuring three underperforming business units, building win-win partnerships with operating executives, and influencing line managers to adopt Lean Six Sigma.
  • Created financial what-if models for evaluating and planning business restructurings that integrated both operating, HR, and accounting functions to deliver a comprehensive decision-making tool for COO, CEO, and CFO.

Education

Education