Paul Holbrook

Work History

Work History
Jul 2000 - Present

VP New Product Development/Engineering

Digital Innovations

Responsible for all aspects of new product development from concept through market introduction, including development and implementation of new product development process, concept generation, coordination with Far East supply base, resolution of quality and manufacturing issues, direction of all patent affairs and evaluation/negotiation of external product concepts.

·Created New Product Development Process, including key milestones, product specifications, engineering feasibility, design reviews, schedules, legal/patent issues etc.

·Directly contributed to innovative product development, with 2 patents and 4 pending

Apr 1997 - Mar 2000

VP Engineering

ACCO

Responsible for all aspects of new product engineering from concept through market introduction for Swingline and Wilson Jones, including development and implementation of new product development process, concept generation, coordination with Far East supply base and resolution of quality and manufacturing issues.

·Received 20 worldwide new product design awards as a result of leading edge product design

·Received ACCO’s “Comeback Team of the Year Award” for 1998 for stabilizing new product development

·Directly contributed to innovative product development, with 2 patents and 2 pending

May 1990 - Apr 1997

Director - Engineering

Director  Engineering

Brought new line of premium kitchen appliances (6 products, ~15 SKUs) from concept to production; facilitated supplier selection, communication and coordination; directly contributed to innovative new product development with 6 patents.

Engineering

Manager

Provided hands-on technical management and design leadership for SnakeLight (awarded 2 patents); concurrently developed designs with manufacturing, marketing and other functional areas through team-driven approach; developed test plan to accurately simulate actual consumer usage.

Senior Project Engineer, Cleaning Engineering

Supervised engineering personnel in development of innovative, practical designs for new cleaning appliance; generated preliminary design layout; developed test specs/procedures.

Project Engineer, Advanced Concept Development

Brought new cleaning appliance from concept to feasibility stage; designed/assembled two generations of functional prototypes; designed/specified AC and DC motors, fan systems, gear trains, actuators, rechargeable battery systems, castings and injection molded plastic parts.

Education

Education
May 1984 - May 1987

MS

USC

Concentration:  control systems, robotics

Sep 1978 - May 1982

BS

Cornell

Concentration:  Mechanical Design/Analysis, Design for Manufacturing, Machine Design

Summary

·Inventor, principal engineer and entrepreneur with an extensive history of generating significant new product revenue ($200+MM) through exceptional and innovative design of mechanical and electromechanical consumer products.

·Digital Innovations:brought more than 25 new products from concept to production, raising new product sales from ~0 to 45% of total sales

·Fortune Brands: brought ~20 new products (comprising several hundred SKUs) from concept to production, with several producing multi-million dollar revenue, doubling new product sales (as a percentage of total sales)

·Black & Decker:provided hands-on technical management and design leadership for SnakeLight, (most successful product launch in Black & Decker history with $85 million first full year revenue).Awarded 2 patents on SnakeLight.

·Fifty three combined utility patents/patent applications

·Three independently developed products licensed to three consumer goods companies

Objective

Significantly contribute to a consumer products organization that prizes and rewards meaningful new product innovation