General Management / Engineering Executive

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General Management / Engineering Executive
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Senior General Management, Engineering and Operations executive delivering exceptional results while building organizational capability and delivering new technologies to vehicle and transportation markets. Outstanding skills in value creation, customer relationship management, product development, and flawless launch.



Senior P&L and engineering leader with 20+ years experience integrating progressive strategy and traditional process discipline with high-impact leadership practices and innovative thinking to effect organizational change, maximize business performance and develop new products. Key strengths in driving new value propositions and competitive product differentiation with excellent engineering and operational performance. Accustomed to leading strategic and tactical initiatives to reduce cost and develop new capabilities in product development, manufacturing, and innovation centers. Technically astute and adept at gaining quick insight to new organizations and business units to deliver significant results. Catalyst for driving business growth through customer relationships, solving problems, expanding facilities and leading core operations across the enterprise.


" Profit and Loss: P&L $250M, experience with turnarounds, low cost sourcing, lean manufacturing, VA/VE.

" New Business Growth: Aggressive business development with new products, new markets and new customers.

" Product Development & Launch: Metrics driven project management, flawless product development and production launch.

" Operational Excellence: Lean Kaizen methods, Six Sigma Green Belt, SPC, multiple site management.

" Global Leadership & Experience: Expatriate in Japan; extensive experience in China, Singapore, India, W. Europe, Brazil.

" Strategic Planning: Market assessment, SWOT, gap resolution, partnerships, comprehensive business / technology plans.


" Passionate, High Integrity Leadership
" Business Model Metric Driven Goal Achievement
" Financial Leadership: EBITDA / Cash Improvement
" Strategic Planning, Alliances and Partnerships
" Acquisition Strategies, Due Diligence and Integration
" Commercial Experience with most Automotive OEMs
" Process / Performance Improvement
" Systemic and Structured Problem Solving
" Automotive Electronics Product Development
" Lean and Metrics Driven Operational Excellence


PUZA & ASSOCIATES, LLC Carmel, Indiana
Independent Management Consultant 2012 to Present

" Full time Chief Operating Officer at Premium Power Corporation directing Manufacturing, Purchasing and Quality activities from Nov 2012 to Aug 2013. Provided senior leadership assistance to CEO to address strategic, product development and technology development issues. Restarted battery manufacturing and fixed fundamental product problems.
" Member, Industrial Advisory Board, Telemon Corporation. Strategic plans and M&A for growth of industrial business.
" Consulting services to a variety of clients in transportation electronics and engineered industrial products.

INTERNATIONAL BATTERY Allentown, Pennsylvania
Chief Operating Officer 2011 to 2012

Reporting to the CEO, led a team of six senior managers charged with engineering product development, manufacturing and supply chain functions. Developed and manufactured large-format, water based Li-Ion cells and battery systems for utilities, military, transportation and defense customers. Responsible for 80% of company spend at $20M.
" Corrected engineering issues to deliver 25 kWh, 150 kWh and 600 kWh Bulk Energy Storage systems in 6-8 months.
" Improved delivery performance from 0% to 80% and doubled manufacturing rates within first 7 months.
" Reduced variable cost by 30% and collapsed cash usage during investor strategic deliberations in first quarter 2012.

ENERDEL Indianapolis, Indiana
Director, Engineering / Start Center Leader 2010 to 2011

Retained by senior management to transform product development and customer interface organizations to market sustainable capabilities. Led a 55 person engineering organization for product development and 18 person cross competency team for new business development.
" Generated $480M of new business bookings in 2010 with battery systems for hybrid and all-electric vehicles by creating and leading a Start Center, a cross-company group of commercial, technical, operational and financial personnel.
" Created Systems Engineering group, improved software engineering tools and product validation methods to successfully launch first Li-Ion vehicle battery system in NA and develop battery packs for other OEM vehicle manufacturers.

Managing Director, N. America, S. America; Infotainment and Telematics 2005 to 2009

Selected to lead and grow infotainment business for North and South America and global telematics. Delivered revenue of $260M growing at a 15% annual growth rate. Operated manufacturing plants in Mexico, China, Argentina, and Portugal.
" Booked $1.2B of new business to new customers/markets in 2007 and 2008 on a base revenue of $260M.
" Won $462M in automotive telematics business with GM and Toyota reestablishing the product line. Developed unique technology partnerships and a global engineering footprint achieving cellular technology leadership and winning price.
" Implemented best in class development processes to correct major engineering execution issues and launch first digital telematics products for Toyota and Honda..
" Doubled Toyota audio revenues and reversed losses with vertical integration of key technologies, engineering execution improvements, and lean manufacturing methods.
" Introduced first high volume Bluetooth hands free calling systems in North America.
" Started up a local team in China to grow local market revenue resulting in $60M of Chinese business in 2009 growing to $165M of booked business in 2011.
" Boosted South America operations profitability by implementing lean methods and global sourcing reducing labor cost 30%, material costs 17% and growing profitability 25%.
" Delivered to Toyota, GM/Onstar, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, SGM, SVW, Volvo, GMB, VW, Caterpillar, Orbcomm and others.

Director, Entertainment & Communications Engineering 2003 to 2005
Established this position and directed all worldwide engineering activities for Delphis $2.2B Entertainment & Communications business. Led a global team of 1500 engineers in US, Mexico, Singapore, China and Germany with a $220M annual budget.

" Flawlessly launched 25-50 new product programs per year including new market leading products such as AcuraLink for Honda and first traffic based navigation receivers for General Motors and Honda.
" Developed and launched industry first MP3 audio systems for Ford N.A. vehicle line.
" Led the acquisition of Grundig Car Information Systems, A.G. raising Delphi from #8 to #4 market share in Europe by increasing capability and resulting in record bookings with Opel, VW and Audi. Delivered synergy savings in engineering and operations enabling pay back of investment in less than one year.
" Introduced 30% model to model engineering based cost reduction system and lean engineering methods for improved competitiveness and reduced product development cycle time.
" Structured new engineering footprint and product portfolio resulting in record $3.3B booking year in 2003 and $2.7B of bookings in 2004 on a base business of $2.2B.
" Established new product development center in Shanghai, China reducing engineering costs by 75% and enabling access to local Chinese market.

Chief Engineer, Audio and Advanced Audio Engineering 2001 to 2003
Managed global Audio engineering activities from market planning through technology development, platform architecture, building block development, customer development programs and manufacturing support. Products included Audio receivers, digital receivers, acoustic systems, satellite reception systems, and peripheral modules accounting for over $1.4B in sales.

" Developed and successfully launched industry first products for XM and Sirius satellite radio customers as well as subsequent cost reduced versions resulting in a new business reaching 80% market share and $200M sales per year.
" Developed custom products for new customers (Chrysler, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Daimler, Audi, Porsche) resulting in 30% increase in product volume and 15% increase in revenue at double digit profitability.
" Implemented structured problem solving, disciplined project management methods and improved engineering tools to turn around 5 major development programs avoiding launch issues.

Director, Asia / Pacific Engineering 1999 to 2001
Requested by VP Engineering to take assignment to direct Asia Pacific customer application engineering in Japan, Korea, China and Australia with design centers in Singapore and India.

" Headquartered in Tokyo, supervised 560 engineers with annual budget of $40M.
" Grew Asian business from $150M to $350M by implementing methods to improve execution and engineering delivery.
" Established a technical center of 300+ engineers in Bangalore, India focusing on product software development.
" Developed a regional team of 80 applications engineers supporting product development for Toyota, Honda, Isuzu, Hyundai, Daewoo, and GM Holden.


Product Line Manager - Powertrain Electronics 1996 to 1999
Established $170M Diesel Electronics product line for Delphi with Isuzu and Caterpillar.

Staff Engineer, Manufacturing Technology - Powertrain Electronics 1995 to 1996
Introduced new engine controller manufacturing technologies enabling 50% size reduction and 30% cost reduction.

Program Manager, Chevrolet/GMC Product Group 1994 to 1995
Delivered next generation Audio product programs with new features/functions and increased profitability.
Plant Operations Manager, Audio Systems Assembly Operations 1988 to 1994

Delivered $31M in cost savings. Operated to annual budget of $45M employing 700 salary and hourly unionized personnel.


Master of Business Administration  Finance/Strategic Planning University of Michigan

Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering  Materials Kettering University

Six Sigma Green Belt

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