John developed and introduced
three new major product lines into the Lincoln-Mercury division of Ford Motor Company where market
segment penetration had seriously deteriorated due to internal
labor disputes. After introducing programs covering
marketing, engineering, manufacturing, financial, and other key
factors and considerations, John was able to unify workers and
reestablish efficient operations. The result was
product lines providing the division with a seven-percentage point
gain in market segment penetration and an incremental profit of
On an international scale, he turned around a failing Third
World emerging market operation by evaluating, determining and
implementing a new product entry plan that increased company
profits by more than $32M USD on an annual incremental
John also established a
Complexity Reduction Program to correct an international
multi-plant bottleneck brought on by the introduction of
hundreds of new unique part assemblies. The existing
facilities could neither be altered without incurring costly
tooling alterations, nor any new facilities constructed in time
to meet production deadlines. As a result of John's implemented
program a net savings of 20% was established, and the company
realized over $130M in savings from direct and indirect
labor, inventory, floor space, and paperwork reductions.
Among his many achievements
he spearheaded a program to introduce innovative high luster
aluminum ornamentation to all Ford company car lines, providing the
combined benefit of improved appearance, significantly reduced
warranty costs, and company savings of $0.5M. He also proposed a
$272M profit opportunity 5 years ahead of its time in the
form of a factory-installed 2-way radio option.
On the research and
problem-solving end, John engineered a highly effective global Noise Control
Solution to satisfy international regulations and promote company goodwill.
He resolved a problem related to low horsepower on the company’s global 4
cylinder models by increasing net output 10% while simultaneously
achieving piece cost savings of $22.6M.
He also established an
Complexity Reduction Program in another operation that saved the company $20.4M in direct
and indirect labor costs while improving inventory, plant automation and
quality control functions.
He increased profits by 48%
in one year at the Lincoln-Mercury Division by developing and merchandising new
Rotunda products to Ford and After Market dealerships. He
boosted dealership profits through a comprehensive strategy
derived from historical and cost-price-profit analyses to reveal
profitable accessory lines and dispose of unproductive ones.
He also investigated and
produced a comprehensive ten-year Option Business Review to
suggest new high potential options that would generate $82.6M in
annual incremental profits.
His adoption of an innovative
rotary fuel pump design cut production costs on an in-line fuel
injection pump assembly by $45 per unit while boosting supply to
satisfy demand. He was very heavily involved in the automotive
industry’s first computer-coded release system for Chassis
Engineering which resulted in a $8.7M annual savings and adoption
for corporate-wide use in engineering activities.
pioneered the automotive industry’s Computer Engineered Ride system,
automating the selection of front suspension components to produce
substantial reductions in Engineering labor costs and workload
demands. He also developed a sophisticated computerized
critical path tracking system to improve production cycles and
time-to-market, as well as reduce cost penalties incurred from last
John also organized and developed a
major 8-hour slide presentation on the Development of a
Modern Product, presented to the People's Republic of China in
Beijing (Peking), at a major Technical Seminar. In-depth detail was
provided as to how a major U.S. multi-national corporation plans and
engineers a key new product from the "Idea" stage, through the
"Development" stage to the public "Introduction" stage covering a
typical four to five-year product program. The actual presentation was
heavily oriented and detailed in the areas of product, marketing,
engineering and manufacturing. The scope, quality, and depth of the
presentation resulted in the establishment of a multi-million dollar
trade agreement between China and the company.
He designed, developed, and presented to
corporate management an innovative electronic remote control car starting device
featuring automatic warming and cooling features to promote
passenger seasonal comfort.
John also served as the liaison between
Engineering, Marketing and Financial operations, synchronizing
functions to activate new programs and features, including new
products, expense reductions, warranty improvements and related
A sample of other programs and features John
helped initiate included: Moon/Sun Roof Options, Intermittent W/S
Washer-Wiper System, European Rear Window Designs, publication of
numerous corporate product letters, news articles and press releases,
international regulatory compliance policies, and product display
Prior to his work
with Ford Motor Company, John had served as Systems Analyst and
Sales Representative for the Standard Register Company of Dayton
Ohio, in their Detroit District Sales Office. Within his first
year, John received the President’s U.S. Salesman of the Year award.
John regards himself as a seasoned "doer"
combining technical and entrepreneurial business orientation with
the necessary "people skills" to organize resources for the
accomplishment of goals. With a track record of demonstrated
executive abilities and profit-oriented results, he is at his best
undertaking P & L responsibilities in a results-focused environment.
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