MULTI-DIMENSIONAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, LAUNCH AND MANUFACTURING EXECUTIVE delivering measurable excellence in Quality, Continuous Improvement, Platform Leadership, Program Management, Product Engineering, Launch Management, Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing, New Business Quotes, Business Transfers/Turn-arounds, Crisis Management and Revenue & Profit Enhancement in global organizations. Formulates and executes optimal strategic and tactical plans that draw from all of these strong capabilities to
MULTI-DIMENSIONAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, LAUNCH AND MANUFACTURING EXECUTIVE delivering measurable excellence in Quality, Continuous Improvement, Platform Leadership, Program Management, Product Engineering, Launch Management, Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing, New Business Quotes, Business Transfers/Turn-arounds, Crisis Management and Revenue & Profit Enhancement in global organizations. Formulates and executes optimal strategic and tactical plans that draw from all of these strong capabilities to provide results surpassing expectations. Takes on distressed programs, products, business segments, operational facilities and customer relationships, and successfully turns them around.
Business Recovery & Regeneration LLC (2012 - Present)
Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) (1999 – 2012)
General Motors Corporation (GM) (1983 – 1998)
• A highly industrious, motivated, dynamic and ethical leader, exemplifying excellence in numerous facets in global organizations
• Possesses a strong desire to further significantly contribute to our company’s profitability and growth, develop colleagues and teams through successfully surpassing goals, and gain greater levels of responsibility and experience
• Excellent leadership, management, team-building, mentoring and interpersonal skills, with over 29 years experience in the automotive industry
• Excellent technical knowledge of and experience with seating and interiors systems, with desire to learn new products
• Excellent at gap analysis, ideation, planning and executing; Data driven and oriented to finding and fixing root causes of issues
• Proven organizational and communication skills
• Master of Business Administration (MBA in Finance) from Wayne State University, from 1/93 to 8/98
• Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from GMI Engineering & Management Institute, from 7/83 to 6/88; Member of the Management Honor Society
Management Consultant / Owner @ Provide consultation and leadership on business turnarounds, product development/launches, and process and quality improvement to automotive & manufacturing industry customers. From October 2012 to Present (3 years 1 month) West Olive, MichiganDirector of Quality @ Director of Quality, North America Interiors, Automotive Experience: Leading a Team of Corporate Quality Managers and Advance Quality Engineers to improve current Quality for (13) OEM customers with products from over (30) JCI facilities, and launch over 100 new Interiors programs/products each year. From March 2011 to October 2012 (1 year 8 months) Holland, MichiganQuality Leader @ General Motors North America Interiors Quality Leader for ~$315M in annual sales, across (17+) plants, with (24) new Interiors programs in various development/launch phases. From March 2010 to March 2011 (1 year 1 month) Holland, MIGlobal Large Program Leader @ Global Large Program Leader on numerous General Motors Interiors programs:
• 2011 GME A3470 Opel Zafira Floor Console & Door Panel Global Large Project Leader with JCI EU & NA Teams, w/ expected total annual sales revenue of $66M for JCI-Europe.
• 2008 emergency business transfer of Lambda 1st & 2nd Row Floor Consoles from a bankrupt GM supplier [5/08 – 8/08], w/ ramp-up to Production three days after completing the transfer. Our multi-plant/tech. center team received JCI’s Merit Award for successfully transfering and re-launching this manufacturing business.
• 2011 Gamma Global Small SUV Door Panels, Floor Consoles and Instrument Panels, and Global Common Sunvisor [3/08 – 5/08].
• 2010.5 Global Delta II Interiors programs [11/06 – 1/08]: Assisted w/ NA quote & co-led Global Teams to develop Door Panels, Floor Consoles & Instrument Panels, including liaise in Germany between our EU & NA Teams. Our Global Team received JCI’s Merit & Chairman’s Awards for obtaining this global business.
• 2009.5 GMT511/512 Floor Console [10/06 – 8/07]: Led development team through early stages, until vehicle cancellation by GM. Recovered JCI’s cancellation claim from customer.
• Improved the profitability of several GM Interiors products, such as GMX365/7 Garnish Trim through transfer to a competitor, export SGM200/201 Cargo System, GMX211/365/7 Direct Ship Parts through transfer to a competitor, GMT315 Cargo System Transfer from JCI-Green Point to JCI-West Carrollton Plants (our Team received JCI’s Merit Award for this), GMT257/745 Cargo Tie-down Loops and 2009 GMT001 Floor Console. From February 2007 to February 2010 (3 years 1 month) Holland, MI, and Rüsselsheim, GermanyDirector of Operational Quality @ Director of Operational Quality focused on cost reduction through containment and scrap elimination for all of JCI’s North American Automotive Experience Operations: Managed cross-functional teams to implement effective containments, determine root causes, develop corrective action plans to correct product design and process issues and eliminate the containments and scrap. Results associated with our 70 facilities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico included reductions in spend from $203,000/week at the beginning of the fiscal year to $53,000/week by mid-fiscal year, a 74% reduction. Along with Indirect Purchasing, improved terms and conditions for JCI with our containment sources. Also helped develop and implement the containment portion of JCI’s new Issue Resolution Information System (IRIS), for which the cross-functional team received JCI’s Merit Award. From September 2005 to October 2006 (1 year 2 months) Holland & Plymouth, MIDirector of Supplier Quality @ Director of Supplier Quality for North American Plastics [10/03 – 5/05], and for North American Trim and Foam [5/16/05 – 9/19/05], including cooperative, assertive and enterprising management of Quality performance of over 180 supplier locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and participation in JCI’s 2005 Acceleration Team focused on improving our Interiors Business. Designed, developed and introduced JCI’s Business Hold procedure for application to suppliers with chronic Quality performance issues. Worked closely with JCI Operations and Purchasing to ensure that the metrics were accurate, procedures were followed, and improvement resulted. From October 2003 to September 2005 (2 years) Holland & Plymouth, MIPlatform Director @ Platform Director on the 2004 Nissan WZW/ZW Seating Programs: Provided distressed program leadership to complete the design, development, prototype, launch and manufacture of three seating rows in the Armada & Infiniti SUVs and two rows in the Titan pickup truck, which were originally six months behind schedule at the time. This program involved 161,000 vehicle seat sets annually at JCI’s Madison, Mississippi, Seat Assembly Plant. From July 2002 to October 2003 (1 year 4 months) Plymouth & Ann Arbor, MI, and Madison, MSSr. Program Manager @ Sr. Program Manager on the 2002 Honda CR-V Seating Program: Co-led a cross-functional international Launch Team, to launch the manufacture of seat assemblies in a compressed lead-time of only eight weeks after award of business from Honda. This program involved establishing a new temporary work site, fixtures and process while simultaneously establishing a new Production facility, workforce, equipment, tooling and process. This program involved 100,000 vehicle seat sets annually at JCI’s new Leamington Spa Seating Plant in the U.K., with part suppliers located in Japan, Europe and the U.K. The Program Team was awarded the JCI Chairman’s Award following the successful fast-to-market and profitable launch. From October 2001 to May 2002 (8 months) Leamington Spa, United KingdomSix Sigma Lead Champion @ Six Sigma Lead Champion: Led JCI Six Sigma deployment for six DaimlerChrysler Business Unit and two Honda Business Unit JIT Seating plants in the U.S. and Canada, the resources for which included 24 Black Belts, one Master Black Belt, eight Champions and numerous Process Owners. The 2001 Fiscal Year impact included delivery of $5,854,000 and $1,037,000 in savings resulting from the Six Sigma activities of these two groups respectively. From December 2000 to October 2001 (11 months) Plymouth, MISr. Program Manager @ Sr. Program Manager on the 2001 JR27 (Chrysler Sebring Convertible) Seating Program: Led a cross-functional Simultaneous Development Team to develop, launch and manufacture Integrated Seat Structure (ISS) front and traditional rear seat assemblies, including moving much of the tooling from the preceding program from Mexico to the U.S. and Canada and enhancing revenue through cost savings initiatives and recovery of customer-billable items. This program involved 65,000 vehicle seat sets annually at JCI’s Mt. Clemens Seat Assembly Plant. From March 1999 to November 2000 (1 year 9 months) Plymouth, MIEngineering Manager @ Engineering Manager for Delphi Div. of GM during sale to Lear on 2000 GMX160/220/310 (Oldsmobile Aurora, Buick LeSabre and Pontiac Bonneville) Seating Program: Led and managed a team of Product and Manufacturing Engineers, Designers, and Technicians to develop, launch, and manufacture All-Belts-to-Seat (ABTS) front and Lap-Belts-to-Seat (LBTS) rear seat assemblies, including enhancing revenue through cost savings initiatives and recovery of customer-billable items. This program involved 300,000 vehicle seat sets annually at two seat assembly plants in the U.S. and Canada, and two customer vehicle assembly plants in the U.S. From April 1997 to March 1999 (2 years) Warren, MILead Product Engineer @ Lead Product Engineer:
Delphi Div. of GM on 1998 S5S (Cadillac Seville) Seating Program [8/96 – 5/97]: Provided “emergency” Eng. leadership and management on the design and development of ABTS front and LBTS rear seat assemblies for 75,000 vehicles with Delphi’s Windsor, Ontario, seat assembly plant and GM’s Detroit Hamtramck vehicle assembly plant.
Leader of Delphi Seat Engineering Team on GM’s North American Operations Seat Component Set Strategy [11/94 – 9/96]: Designed, developed, tooled and tested a common seating hardware component set for use in GM’s NAO and export programs.
Inland Fisher Guide (IFG) Division of GM on 1998 S5S (Cadillac Seville) Seating [8/94 – 11/94]: Design and development.
IFG’s design and quote effort for the 1998 model year GMT800 Truck Program [1/94 – 8/94]: Developed Level 1 Specifications for GM Truck Group, led the design, development, testing, and cost estimating/quoting of IFG’s seats, and developed and presented IFG’s quote responses and prototype seats to GM Truck Group. From January 1994 to May 1997 (3 years 5 months) Warren, MIRelease Engineer @ Release Engineer, resident at GM’s Midsize Car Division (MCD), on IFG’s A-Car (Buick Century and Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera) Seat Program: Responsibilities included root cause analysis of product and process issues, creation of feasible/economic solutions, managing the changes through customer contacts (MCD A-Car Platform, Design Studios, Oldsmobile and Buick Marketing, Service Parts Organization, and GM’s Proving Grounds), and leading IFG project personnel. This program involved two seat assembly plants in the U.S. and Mexico and two customer vehicle assembly plants in the U.S. and Mexico. From October 1992 to January 1994 (1 year 4 months) Warren, MISr. Project Engineer / Sr. Contact Engineer @ Sr. Project Engineer / Sr. Contact Engineer for Inland Fisher Guide Div. of GM on A-Car Seat Program: Responsibilities included determining the appropriate corrective actions for product and process issues, managing Engineering changes through IFG, suppliers, seat assembly operations in Oklahoma City and Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, and the vehicle assembly plants, and follow-up verifications of the corrective actions to ensure closure of the issues. From September 1991 to October 1992 (1 year 2 months) Warren, MIManufacturing / Industrial Engineer @ Manufacturing / Industrial Engineer at Inland Fisher Guide Div. of GM, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Plant: Responsibilities included specification and layout of cutting equipment for seating trim covers, managing steel rule die layouts, managing die shop priorities and fabrication workload, production time and motion studies, CNC cutter path file installation and maintenance, equipment and methods improvements, cutting tryouts, and material savings through improvement of tool nests and cutting methods. From September 1990 to September 1991 (1 year 1 month) Grand Rapids, MIMaintenance Supervisor @ Maintenance Supervisor at Inland Fisher Guide Div. of GM, Grand Rapids, MI, Plant: Supervised skilled and non-skilled trades employees. Responsibilities included managing employees’ workloads for direct production support and equipment Preventative Maintenance. Improved the efficiency of both groups, and improved the equipment parts inventory replenishment process. From January 1989 to September 1990 (1 year 9 months) Grand Rapids, MIAssistant Plant Engineer @ Assistant Plant Engineer at Inland Div. of GM, Grand Rapids, MI, Plant: Managed plant facility projects such as equipment rearrangement for new work, model year changeovers and efficiency improvements, renovations, and roofing and boiler repair projects. Responsibilities included managing skilled trades employees, development of project contract specifications, managing the contractor quotation process, directing contractors on site, and improving noise and energy management. From May 1988 to January 1989 (9 months) Grand Rapids, MICoop. Student (Cooperative Education Student) @ Coop. Student at the Fisher Body/Inland Div. of GM, Grand Rapids, MI, Plant: Accomplished responsible assignments in every department in a 750,000 sq. ft. plant, including Manufacturing, Manufacturing Control (Material Control, Scheduling, Traffic, Material Handling, and Expediting), Maintenance, Plant Engineering, Manufacturing/Industrial Engineering, Accounting, Personnel (Salary and Hourly Personnel, Labor Relations, and Training) and Quality Control. From July 1983 to May 1988 (4 years 11 months) Grand Rapids, MI
MBA, Finance @ Wayne State University From 1993 to 1998 BSEE, Electrical Engineering and Finance @ GMI Engineering & Management Institute From 1983 to 1988 Kevin May is skilled in: Program Management, Product Engineering, Quality Management, Quality Engineering, Manufacturing, Manufacturing..., Six Sigma, Launch Management, Problem Solving, Continuous Improvement, Platform Management, Facilities Management, Validation, APQP, Materials Management, Supplier Quality, Supplier Management, Supply Chain Management, Employee Development, Employee Management, Crisis Management, Profit & Loss Management, Profitability..., Written & Oral..., Organizational..., Team Building, Industrial Engineering, Project Planning, Quality Assurance, Quality Systems, Quaility Improvement..., Advance Quality, Manufacturing Quality, Management, Customer Insight, Quality System, Automotive, Seating, Interior Systems, Problem Analysis, DMAIC, International Trade, Global Management, Global Business..., Multiple Sites, Training, Best Practices, Customer Service, Customer Management, FMEA
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