Osborne Group Principals are flexible, experienced executives who fill senior-level positions in any functional area on an interim or contract basis.
A results-oriented manufacturing executive with experience in both privately-owned/operated and large, internationally managed operations, serving both local and global customers. John has driven business turnarounds, successfully grown businesses organically, and managed the integration of merged companies. He combines his comfort on the shop floor with his confidence in the Boardroom to enable good strategy to carry a business forward. His expertise in bringing together the strength of the enterprise team and his own well-honed analytical skills and inclusive style, delivers early positive improvements in every situation he takes on.
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Successfully led business turnaround at a number of manufacturing operations by restructuring management, applying rigorous operational metrics and rebuilding marketing and sales capabilities.
Doubled sales and tripled profits at a single site operation by installing focussed teams to resolve chronic operating issues and re-orienting the product and marketing strategy to expand aggressively into the US.
Reduced operating costs by 30 % and inventories by 35 % during a period of severe market downturn enabling operations to continue in positive cash flow territory despite significantly reduced revenues.
Managed the successful integration of two merged North American manufacturers, rationalizing product and marketing responsibilities, as well as optimizing manufacturing facilities resulting in the anticipated business synergy.
Led acquisition due diligence, reviewing the competitiveness of the target business verses key market players, in the areas of product range, process capability and access to customers.
Built and executed successful business succession.
The Osborne Group
Aecometric Corporation – interim sales management
FH Automation Inc.- interim C.O.O., strategic change/succession
Personal Business Coach – career mentoring
Etratech Inc. – COO
Bonar Plastics Inc. – President; General Manager
Windsor Plastics Products – General Manager
Lindsay Specialty Products Ltd. – President and CEO
TRW, Canada, Carr Division – Director, Relay and Appliance Products
University of Toronto – Bachelor of Applied Science, Industrial Engineering
University of Windsor – Strategic Management & Planning
University of Western Ontario – Ivey School of Business - Marketing Strategy
Numerous studies including Manufacturing Technology; Quality; Finance and HR
Professional Engineers Ontario
Past Boards of Directors – Assoc. of Rotational Molders International; Kawartha Manufacturers Assoc.; Etratech Inc.