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January 20, 2012

Vice-President of Operations (Manufacturing)

Company
Our client was a publicly held medical device company.

Situation
The Vice-President of Operations position was opening because the incumbent planned to retire after almost twenty years with the company. He was highly regarded and well liked, and would be difficult to replace.

The company needed a new Vice-President of Operations with an outstanding track record managing large manufacturing operations. In addition, they needed someone with excellent interpersonal skills who could rally the operations team around his leadership and quickly win the confidence of peers on the executive team.

Process
Travis & Company met with the hiring manager (the president), the incumbent Vice-President of Operations, and others who would play a role in the search. We developed a solid understanding of the company’s manufacturing operations and opportunities for improvement. Most important, we developed a clear picture of the type of personality that would succeed in the job.

We conducted a national search and presented a strong list of finalists. The winning candidate had experience manufacturing products for a related industry. The candidate relocated across the country with his family.

Outcome
The new Vice-President of Operations quickly got the operations team to rally behind his leadership. He rapidly won the trust of his boss and peers. Several years into the new position he has led a multitude of changes in the operations group that have saved the company a significant amount of money, all while maintaining exceptionally high quality.

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