Ken has over 30 years of senior level experience in supply chain selection and development, alignment of long term sourcing and logistics strategies with lean manufacturing processes, implementation of cost measurement systems to monitor and drive sustained material productivity, and creation of world class global procurement organizations. Additionally, he has experience opening greenfield manufacturing plants in Asia, leadership of lean manufacturing functions and implementing international supply chains to support them.
Ken has lead the transformation of indirect, direct, and capital equipment sourcing organizations to achieve world class returns on human capital investment. Through long term strategy development and implementation, he has created global supply chains to support high demand retail customer requirements while utilizing state-of-the-art cost reduction tools to drive competitive advantage through material cost solutions.
Ken’s prior career experience includes progressive executive leadership responsibility within several well known international companies. At Emerson Electric, Ken held several procurement, supply chain, and manufacturing leadership roles leading up to the Vice President – Asian Operations for the Hermetic Motor Division.
At A.O. Smith, he held the Vice President – Global Materials role and at Rheem Manufacturing served as the Executive Vice President of Strategic Sourcing for over 11 years.
Ken has a Masters of Business Administration in International Operations from Lindenwood University, a B.S. of Business Management from York College of Pennsylvania, and an Associate of Applied Science in Nuclear Technology from the Community College of the Air Force.