GrandMet Foods Europe

A division of Grand Metropolitan, I was responsible for all food companies’ IT across Western Europe. All companies were based on prior acquisitions thus all systems were different, highly customized with duplicated infrastructure. A hallmark of my time in France was the introduction and subsequent implementation of SAP ERP across Europe. At that time SAP R/3 had just been…

Dannon

As the IT Director, I led the process to covert the company from a store-door delivery company to warehouse distribution. In this process, strategically moved the company from internally focused systems to distributed systems based on Progress Software’s 4GL. This enabled Dannon, with a 20-day ‘short shelf-life’ product to manage all phases of order management through distribution where managing…

Pepsico

I led the development team in the building of latest generation of technology at the time. Specifically, led the advanced technology group in the build and deployment of the companies’ first remote access capability for the sales organization of the Food Service Division. This allowed the sales teams to access customer information regarding products, volumes, profitability, and more. Based…

Haagen Dazs

As VP, Worldwide Information Systems, ran all of Haagen-Dazs systems landscape. Owned by then Grand Metropolitan plc, I reported to the global CIO based in London as well as the N American CIO based in Minneapolis, MN. Of note at Haagen-Dazs was responsibility for the implementation of Order-to-Cash and manufacturing systems in a greenfield factory located in Arras, France.…

Daymon

Daymon is the largest private brand food development company in the US. It establishes the private brands in major food retailers globally, but primarily focused on the USA, Portugal, South Africa, China and Japanese markets. It also owns the largest in-store demonstration service where foods products are served to customers while shopping (think Costco here) as well as a…

COTY Inc

Coty is a cosmetics and fragrance company, now perhaps the largest in the world. As the SVP Global Information Management, I led the process to transform Coty’s independent country operations into a consolidated, global operating environment. Over several years, SAP ERP (R/3 – ECC 6) was implemented in 17 countries and 5 languages on a single instance. This covered…

Burger King

Another division of GrandMet, I was appointed the SVP and Chief Information Officer of Burger King. In this role, I led the second implementation of SAP HR in the USA. I also introduced the first color, touch screen point-of-sale (POS) system based on Windows technology. Previously, all POS systems were proprietary. This new approach with Windows led to significant…

TOMS Shoes, Inc

I was the Interim CIO for TOMS for a year. TOMS is a unique company in that the sells shoes commercially and gives a pair of shoes away to a child in need for every pair it sells. During the year at TOMS, I led the process and team to implement SAP ERP in the USA, UK and…

smartShift by CTE

SmartShift is a company that provides automated software to rapidly upgrade SAP ABAP custom code to the latest generation of technology – without the need for manual intervention. At smartShift, I helped the company to define a different business strategy by selling the product to CIO’s versus waiting for SAP to release a new version, thus creating a revenue…

Polycom, Inc

At Polycom, I was the Interim Chief Information Officer. In this role, I managed a global, fragile team that was undergoing dramatic change. During this time, I established relations with key executives and users, developed the first disaster recovery plans (and reported to the Board of Directors), established the first company Project Management Office (PMO) and changed internal operations…