Brian Cunningham

Brian Cunningham, M.B.A., PMP, CPIM

Senior Strategist – Business Process Improvement; Organization Change and Transformation

With over thirty years of domestic and international operations experience, Brian’s career has spanned the full range of business transformation, operations process improvement and supply chain strategy for some of the world’s most distinguished brands.

BrianCunningham2016WebLargeHe has provided guidance to C-suite leaders and developed practical, bottom-line solutions to address business challenges involving corporate strategy and leadership, product portfolio optimization, change management as well as supply chain, procurement and logistics strategy, global distribution and manufacturing systems. His client assignments have taken him from Europe and Mexico to Japan and the Pacific Rim.

Within his diverse portfolio of clients have been Air Trans, Dominos, SC Johnson, Federal Express, Shell Oil, Suncor Energy, Apache Corporation, Tenneco Automotive, Coca Cola Bottling, J & J Medical Devices, Tru Serve Hardware, J & J Ortho-Clinical, Universal Forest Products, Cooper Tire & Rubber, La-Z-Boy Furniture, Walt Disney, Washington Industries, Delphi Products and Sara Lee Foods.

Brian’s expertise in sales and operations planning has focused on demand and forecast analysis along with internal team collaboration to achieve enhanced supply and customer base integration. He is a Facilitator and Instructor for the U.K. firm CASME (Category and Sourcing Managers Executive), where he prepares and presents education programs geared to global procurement executives.

Brian was Director, Supply Chain Management, for Resources Global Professionals (RGP), Director of the Supply Chain Practice at Deloitte Consulting in Detroit, and Principal in the Supply Chain Practice of Arthur Andersen Business Consulting – managing the overall performance of a $50 million national practice with a team of 11 partners and over 200 practitioners. He spent 20 years in various leadership roles at Eastman Kodak, including holding end-to-end supply chain responsibility for a $2.5 billion global division.

Among his many engagement successes, he led the procurement strategy and category management processes at three food and beverage companies, handling some 100 different MRO categories and capturing millions of dollars in savings. In leading a product integration initiative for a $4.6 billion food manufacturer and processor, he achieved some $9 million in inventory reductions along with an 18% reduction in transportation costs. He helped consolidate the business focus of a chemical processing and solar technology company to a single chemical market play. With a healthcare product manufacturer, Brian oversaw an international network analysis that involved a China SKU study, demand planning and product life cycle improvements, resulting in spend savings approaching $50 million. He also led a network strategy design and SKU rationalization for a $2.6 billion tire company – producing $5 million in annual savings and $250 million in one time inventory savings.

Brian has advised on curriculum development at Eastern Michigan University, where he is a member of the Supply Chain Advisory Board for the curriculum and MBA program development, in addition to consulting on course material for the Supply Chain program of the Williams Graduate School of Business at Xavier University. His articles have appeared in Supply Chain Management Review and in the proceedings of the CSCMP.

He earned an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Management at New York University, a B.A. in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross, and graduated from the Logistics Institute at the University of Tennessee.