I am an Operations leader who drives differential results through innovation and a commitment to excellence. I leverage my diverse background in CPG, logistics services and technology to transcend existing practices and provide holistic, cost-effective solutions for customers. I develop solid general management skills through varied cross-functional, financial and market development experiences in both established and emerging
I am an Operations leader who drives differential results through innovation and a commitment to excellence. I leverage my diverse background in CPG, logistics services and technology to transcend existing practices and provide holistic, cost-effective solutions for customers. I develop solid general management skills through varied cross-functional, financial and market development experiences in both established and emerging start-up environments. I am known for my ability to quickly adapt to changing market demands, optimize team performance and deliver key business objectives.
My strength is bringing an external mind-set and continuous improvement approach. I utilize these to transform existing practices and capture incremental value and new opportunities. Success is achieved through collaborative partnering and a shared value to taking honest and calculated risk.
As a leader, I succinctly identify and communicate priorities to gain alignment across the organization. Teams, both direct reports and cross-functional leaders, depend on my ability to direct energy towards areas of greatest impact. I am known for my fair, honest and direct exchanges with both internal and external stakeholders, which builds trust and enables progress. I have a knack for finding the right talent and leveraging strengths to accomplish strategic goals.
Looking forward, I will contribute my leadership and general management to advance organizational strategies. I will bring innovative thinking and change advocacy to develop new markets, grow existing and deliver differential performance.
EVP, Logistics @ From 2015 to Present (less than a year) Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul AreaDirector, Supply Chain Strategic Initiatives @ Accountable for delivering cost savings through enterprise-wide programs requiring
cross-functional alignment and input from senior leadership, business units and shared services.
Leveraged external consultants and internal continuous improvement principles to drive sustainable
business change in network design and business processes. From 2013 to 2015 (2 years) Vice President Supply Chain @ Member of Senior Leadership Team accountable for $400M COGS budget with complete KPI and personnel accountability for Customer Service, Quality, Operations and Logistics departments. From 2010 to 2013 (3 years) Director of Distribution @ Led Transportation and Warehousing activity with an operating budget over $500M. Recognized by the retail industry as a leading service provider in the CPG food sector through leveraging KPI management systems and third-party strategic partnerships for safe transportation, storage and handling of finished product. From 2002 to 2010 (8 years) Business Development @ Created and built carrier network to provide dedicated service solutions to a collaborative network of shippers in a web-enabled closed market system optimizing assets, services and pricing. From January 2000 to December 2002 (3 years) Operations, Sales, Recruiting @ General Manager, National Accounts – Led all business development and pricing for Proctor & Gamble.
Director, Field Recruiting – Led 30+ field recruiters hiring over two hundred drivers per week.
Manager, Driver Operations – Managed safety, utilization, pay and home needs for over-the-road and regional drivers in the northeast. From June 1995 to January 2000 (4 years 8 months)
B.A., Economics @ St. Olaf College From 1991 to 1995 Eric Lien is skilled in: Logistics, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Process Improvement, Supply Chain, Strategic Planning, Transportation
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