A fireside chat featuring:
Partner, McKinsey & Co.
Hosted by: Rebekah Kowalski, Vice President, Manpower Manufacturing
Chandra Brown, CEO, MxD
Chandra Brown is passionate about U.S. manufacturing. As CEO of MxD, Chandra uses that passion and her more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing to help American manufacturers seize the potential offered by new and emerging digital technologies. In her role at MxD, Chandra oversees all technology investment, partner relationships and project execution for the more than $90 million-dollar portfolio of advanced manufacturing technology, cybersecurity and workforce development research, development, and demonstration.
Manufacturing has always been at the center of Chandra’s work and her experience has allowed her to know the industry from a variety of perspectives. As the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, she promoted U.S. businesses worldwide, worked to remove trade barriers, and strengthen U.S. competitiveness. As the CEO of United Streetcar, and an executive at its parent company Oregon Iron Works, Chandra led United Streetcar to become the first U.S. manufacturer to create a modern streetcar in more than 60 years.
Since earning both her BS and MBA from Miami University—in addition to her public service and irrespective of her individual role—Chandra has consistently worked to strengthen American manufacturing through innovative, forward-thinking, well-executed strategies. Her intrinsic desire to improve American manufacturing is always on display as she tackles not just MxD’s mission to help make every part better than the last, but also to foster a manufacturing future that is more inclusive and open to all American innovators.
Trish Gyorey, Partner, McKinsey & Co
Trish draws on 25 years of experience in developing and leading performance transformations in frontline operations and supply chains. She works with companies across industries to evaluate their value chains from end to end, identify areas for improvement, and tailor and implement solutions to meet business objectives.
Trish brings deep experience in integrating lean-production techniques, inventory management, and operations planning approaches to achieve operational efficiencies and deliver bottom-line results. She is hands-on in leading and coaching teams to develop capabilities and behaviors for both short-term impact and long-term sustainability of the performance transformation.
Examples of her recent client work include the following:
- implementing supply-chain-planning improvements and lean techniques for all processes for a forestry client, increasing efficiency and reducing the addressable cost base of operations by 20 percent
- optimizing the material flow and inventory plan for a mining client’s future expansion, resulting in $30 million in capital-investment savings
- diagnosing the end-to-end supply chain and launching a global supply-chain “war room” for a major chemical-industry client, resulting in significant customer-service improvement as well as the identification and resolution of underlying systemic process issues
- transforming operations for a steel processor by combining lean-production techniques with inventory-management and sales-and-operations-planning improvements, helping the company significantly lower costs and inventory levels while providing the same service levels to customers
Before joining McKinsey, Trish worked for 13 years in the automotive industry in various operations line roles. She was responsible for the performance of an auto manufacturer’s North American supply base, generating a 50 percent year-over-year improvement in quality performance. She also developed and implemented continuous-performance improvements across nine plants using lean-management methods.
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