Alan Dunn
Chair, Executive Education Programs for Manufacturing, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Caltech

About

Alan G. Dunn is a management expert whose clientele has included some of the world’s most recognizable brands, Fortune 100 companies across a variety of business sectors, and departments of the U.S. government. With 40 years of experience, he has established a reputation as a leader in his field, specializing in strategic planning, supply chain management, manufacturing management, operations management, cost management, and business finance. He has participated in over 240 manufacturing and distribution projects within over 150 companies in more than 20 countries.

As a recognized affiliate of Caltech, Mr. Dunn chairs the executive education programs for manufacturing, operations, and supply chain management within the Center for Technology and Management Education (Caltech CTME).

Mr. Dunn is the founder of the Manufacturing Executive Institute and former chair of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). He serves on the boards of directors of both public and privately held international companies, including Natural Alternatives International and Idaho Asphalt. In 2007, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) recognized him with the Director of the Year Award. He is the president of GDI Consulting.

Previously, Mr. Dunn was a vice president at Gemini Management Consulting and a partner at Coopers & Lybrand, positions in which he led large technical manufacturing teams in innovative projects to enhance productivity. Prior to joining Coopers & Lybrand, he was president of ADI, a successful consulting and training company that he sold to Coopers & Lybrand in 1990.

He has built up a uniquely broad perspective as an adviser and educator. In addition to his executive and consulting experience, Mr. Dunn has an extensive background in most functions within manufacturing companies, including several years of direct experience in line leadership.

Mr. Dunn has worked with companies such as Amgen, Baxter, Daimler-Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, Johnson & Johnson, Northrop Grumman, Sony Corporation, and United Technologies.

He speaks internationally on finance and manufacturing topics. He has addressed APICS, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, the Product Development Management Association, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the National Association of Accountants, and the Young Presidents Organization. His articles have been published in several trade journals.

Mr. Dunn is an active member of ASCM/APICS, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the NACD. He was independent director of the Society of Cost Management.

He is qualified by ASCM/APICS as a Certified Practitioner in Inventory and Production Management (CPIM). Mr. Dunn has a degree in business management from California State University, Fullerton.

 
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