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Richard Brown

Sunnyvale, California 94087 Telephone: 408.505.1001 Email: rbwireless@yahoo.com www.LinkedIn.com: pub/rick-brown/36/3a7/498

Project and Program Management


Specialty Areas Include
Electronic Systems and Hardware NPISupply Chain development and performanceProduct Cost improvementLean and Fast flow process re-engineeringManufacturing and Materials processes and systemsOEM and contract manufacturingProduct analysis and sourcing solutions

Project Career Highlights

Initiated and introduced for Vicor/Westcor division Lean manufacturing techniques that achieved cycle-time reduction from 2+ weeks to 3 days: Championed lean work methodology coupled with supply chain re-engineering and warehousing improvement projects. Contract Project Manager for Alcoa; introduced a family of industrial lighting solid state drivers and lighting assemblies through an Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) partner in Southern CA. High volume, tight intro schedule. For Nortel Networks Enterprise Business Unit ($1.8B. annual revenue) drove global cost improvement program that generated a 6% to 8% direct cost of sales improvement generating annual savings exceeding $15 million. Managed $22m facilities consolidation project that enabled colocation of 500 development engineers with 650 Operations personnel in a 250K sq. foot Santa Clara center of excellence for Nortel Networks. Initiated, drove, implemented and brought to successful closure VA/VE projects for proprietary terminals and high volume custom power products. As a Process engineer initiated drove and implemented Automation equipment projects in multiple sites and in multiple business environments. NPI team developer and leader. Project managers under me managed a rolling portfolio of 120 projects (HW,SW, peripherals) in complex OEM telecom business. Division Project Manager for RoHS compliance (materials and processes) Vicor

Benefit Statement
Technical background and MBA coupled with leadership roles in telecommunications, industrial electronics, custom power and component manufacturing industries. Hands on Process engineering, and Management of Manufacturing, Procurement and HW Design teams. Breadth of experience and depth of knowledge provide solid foundation to manage complex and diverse projects in organizations from small to large businesses.

Key Areas of Expertise


Tools: MS office suite including advanced MS Project and Visio


TQC, SPC, RCA, 5S, ISO Quality Systems (9001 certification multiple years, multiple businesses) Lean Champion. PM trained PRTM Time-To-Market & member PMI Leader: served as Director/VP Operations 15years. Hands on Process & Manufacturing Engineering; all aspects of manufacturing Qualitative & Quantitative Business Analysis (product and process mapping)

Richard Brown
Professional Experience & Accomplishments

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Alcoa Inc. September 2009- January 2011 (Left due to project completion) A Fortune 100 company with a focus on launching a green product line of LED lighting systems for end customers. Alcoa required electronics manufacturing operations expertise, not one of their core skills. Contract Procurement Project Manager Scope of duties consisted of interfacing between Alcoa, external designer/customer, and their selected Contract Manufacturer (CM). The program delivers an innovative LED family of products as a replacement for street parking, school and office buildings
Resolved a wide-array of issues integrating third party product structures and documentation into both Alcoa and CMs system. Product was only lab designed and required significant DFM and process work. Effectively addressed all single, sole sourced and long lead component issues to meet expected launch and ramp. Collaborated in process changes with CM to achieve targeted yields. CMs standard method would not produce acceptable yield because of the design. Alternative process was qualified and implemented to achieve volume ramp. Served as Alcoas contact point for all issues and coordination for all CM activities. Received letters of recommendation (see endorsements page 3) from Alcoa management.

Small Business Startup & Owner: July 2005 to 2009 Business focus was Do-It-Yourself ( DIY) wireless security systems as an entry to home wireless applications
Established S Corporation entity and successfully registered through the State of California and regulatory agencies to legally launch business. Developed supply chain manufacturer (China Mfg. with Canadian distribution) and established effective business relationship. Completed competitive analysis against name brands (ADT, Brinks, Bay Alarm); established product line cost benefit and P&L modeling. Initiated advertising and web site, developed product expertise and personally performed original installs. Established e-Bay store front and grew member acceptance. Ran and grew business for 2 years. Business did not grow to the extent where it would support the original intent of design and manufacture. Coupled with recession, opted to close business rather than invest more heavily.
(Left in 2005 to launch own small business) (Vicor is a Power industry leader, the Westcor division packages Vicor modules into OEM systems for customers requiring multiple controlled outputs; widely used in military, medical, and test/measurement industries)

Vicor/Westcor Division: 2001 to 2005 Sunnyvale, CA

VP Operations Primary duties focused on directing 85 employees across 7 functional areas for a division that generated
$30 million revenue annually. Significantly drove change in Operations team by communication, collaboration and establishment of performance improvement objectives across the organization (MBO). Established Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) with operator communication to drive yields. Added automation and barcode tracking systems designed to eliminate rework. As a result, red tags reduced by more than 90%, with no defect RCA lagging production by more than 2 shifts. Initiated and implemented formal Lean work cells on high runner products. Pilot project returned positive operator feedback paving the way for 2 more cells with cycle time driven to lowest ever as measured by barcode tracking clock. Streamlined all aspects of supply chain from 4 CMs to 2. Subsequently, launched project for Mexico CM to drive cost improvement. Reduced highest dollar value system cost (DCOS) by 21% over 3 years in addition to VA/VE project. Division prime for the conversion to meet RoHS standards. Division prime conversion to PeopleSoft (Oracle): Process map and implementation

Richard Brown
Nortel Networks, PBX Business, Santa Clara, California

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(Left due to consolidation of all operations into Canada)

The Private Branch Exchange business unit led the industry with innovative products and software. Santa Clara served as the motherhouse for the business driving more than $1.7 billion globally, $1.2 billion of that supporting the U.S. market. Director Served as a Director in 3 different disciplines- manufacturing, procurement and hardware design- over a period of 8 years (1992-2000). Managed from 110 to more than 600 employees in a global business that grew from $.8 billion to more than $1.8 billion in revenue globally.

Received Presidents Award for Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) elimination through unique water wash system delivering Six Sigma quality. Expanded NPI role and evolved organization to cradle to grave responsibility by adding technical resource and formal project management training in an area that was previously an administrative function. Effectively managed >$350 million annual spend as Director Materials across a broad array of components and OEM peripherals. Additionally, managed materials engineering and tool life for large and complex families of plastic tools and die cast aluminum tools.

Served as a sitting member of the steering committee for the BU defining R&D investment levels and projects while Directing the hardware design organization (110 technologists and designers). Team was key is moving from traditional functional based org. to a matrix project driven environment. As Director Manufacturing, Championed and drove fast-flow manufacturing to eliminate all queuing and improve line of sight on quality. Project managed and installed Surface mount technology (3 plants) Global Manufacturing engineering prime for LOB. Managed project moving product lines from Nashville to Santa Clara and Mexico. Managed China start up.

Prior 1992 Professional Experience


Nortel Networks, West Palm Beach, FL & Santa Clara, CA 1985 to 1992 Sr. Manager Process Engineering

Education & Professional Development


MBA (Finance & Technology Management), University of Phoenix, San Jose Campus, 1997 (3.98 GPA) BSBA, Atlantic University and University of Phoenix, San Jose, California, 1992 (3.46 PA) USAF Electronics Advanced Radar systems Project Management by PRTM, Member PMI Multiple Leadership & Management courses

Endorsements
(excerpts, full letters available)

Beyond the Project Manager role, Ricks background in Process and Manufacturing Engineering also became key. He initiated and led the CM team through qualification of manufacturing and test processes that performed with high yield and enabled the CM to fulfill their commitment on delivery. The Alcoa Procurement and B.U. Leadership would highly recommend this Rick for consideration in any role involving the design and launch of OEM electronic equipment Director Alcoa Global Procurement Rick provided support for our division during the introduction of a complex line of LED products designed to address the industrial lighting marketand he became a key player in the programRick was a contractor but it never felt that way. He committed to be a valuable member of the team from the start Transportation Products division B.U. president and GM