John Given

John Given


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John Given

Professional Background

  • John is a results-oriented professional with 30+ years of experience including; automotive precision engineered safety critical component manufacturing and assembly, project management including outsourcing, operational and product cost reduction, sourcing/better buying, international supply chains and management consulting
  • Held senior-level operating positions to bring about strategic improvement and turnaround. Worked with a number of notable middle market companies both public and private including unionized environments starting out with GKN, the automotive tier 1 vendor of drivelines and suspension systems spanning 18 years
  • MBA from the Cranfield School of Management, UK plus a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

M&A Skills & Expertise

  • Accomplished streamlining businesses pre and post M&A. Due diligence assessments
  • 20+ years producing first quality, precision engineered assemblies including, metals, plastics, electronics, ceramics, woods
  • Light to heavy industries involving sophisticated CNC equipment and specialty processes for cutting, shaping and joining materials
  • Project leadership, team deployment, timetable oversight, risk management, deviation correction for success
  • Senior management and organizational design and transformation
  • Process optimization, lean development and cost reduction
  • Automotive, electronic weighing and printing equipment, railroad equipment plus

Project Highlights

  • Automotive: GKN Hardy Spicer and GKN Composites including the roll-out of strategic automation and lean practices plus a high technology start-up earning innovation awards
  • Management Consulting 20+ years: Carl Marks Advisors of NY and JGMS of Greenville, SC. Over 43 businesses positively impacted including the turnaround of distressed and underperforming middle market companies. Over $75MM in cost reduction
  • Sourcing, Outsourcing and Supply Chain achievements: Avery Weigh-Tronix, Axiohm, McKechnie Plastics, Oneida, Lenox
  • M&A: Powell Duffryn PLC due diligence of PDS subsidiary targets in UK and Europe
  • Generalist roles: New start-up, manufacturing management, business growth phases, strategic project management, capitol equipment buy and commission, hospitality, business wind down