Venetia Partners has assembled the tools, capabilities, methods and people needed to deliver outcomes.
Meet our leadership team.
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Hank Ackerman is an innovative and accomplished supply chain and performance improvement leader. He fixes and builds underperforming, distressed businesses. Established capabilities include end-to-end supply chain, strategy development, process deployment, operational transformation & profit improvement. His extensive manufacturing acumen covers Chemicals, Metals, Paper and Plastics, as well as six years at a restructuring firm.
Dave Andrews brings deep business transformation and program management skills from his 30 years of experience in the Chemical, Metals, Distribution and Industrial industries. He provides leadership for global ERP implementation programs and works with the business for the organizational change required. Dave has spent 25+ years advising Fortune 100 CIOs on key IT investments and transformations.
Christine Bernhard leverages her 20 years of business operations acumen and ERP across industries including Automotive, Consumer Packaged Goods Metals and Telecommunications to drive client operational efficiencies and process excellence. Her focus and expertise is in optimizing customer-facing commercial and logistics processes, balanced with end-to-end supply chain integration implications.
Eddie Bowers is a seasoned operator with 18+ years of business and manufacturing experience in the Chemicals industry and 20+ years of business process and systems (SAP) across Aerospace, Consumer Packaged Goods, Utilities, Professional Services, and Mill Products industries. Eddie quickly adapts to specific client needs: from interim plant manager providing on-floor operations support to leading ERP & transformation initiatives.
Kirby Brafford, PMP is a passionate, high-energy and outcome-oriented executive experienced in Business Transformation and Information Technology. Kirby effectively creates clarity and transparency among teams by driving focus on key business requirements, discerning risks from issues and ensuring alignment with expected outcomes. Kirby helps organizations identify and adopt industry leading practices with a specific focus in Order-to-Cash and Supply Chain.
Wendy Cashen is a leading supply chain professional with strong operations research, predictive analytics expertise, and unique mastery in Integrated Business Planning, S&OP and network optimization. She operationalizes outcomes for global enterprises, working seamlessly across cultures, languages and countries. Wendy holds dual Masters in Supply Chain from Georgia Tech and Singapore University, and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue.
Matt Corwin is a leading Procure-to-Pay business architect with deep expertise in business process design and improvement in the Aerospace, Chemicals, Consumer Products, Energy, High Tech, Industrial Products, Metals/Rolled Goods, Pharmaceuticals and Telecommunications industries. Matt is also a leading expert the ERP deployment life-cycle including project management, requirements definition, process design, prototyping, detailed design, testing, conversion and post-production support.
Jay DeVane is an experienced supply chain strategy/ops and customer experience specialist. With a deep expertise in aftermarket operations including service strategy, maintenance and repair, and inventory optimization, he helps clients transform and efficiently operate their service-focused supply chain. His 20+ years of exp. spans Automotive, Industrial Equipment, Transportation, Resources and Mining, and Telecommunications.
Tom Evans is a skilled expert in the operationalization of the SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform. With experience across progressively responsible project roles, Tom has played instrumental parts across multiple complete transformation/ERP deployment life-cycles. He has in-depth expertise in the Source-to-Pay and Equipment Reliability business processes, complemented by integrated business execution expertise across Production, Finance, Warehouse and HR processes.
Kent Dolby has over 30 years of Business Strategy, Process Optimization and Technology Innovation experience. His 26 year career at Accenture included work with companies making everything from toothpaste to nuclear submarines to chemicals. As the founding CEO for Elemica, he created a new business architecture providing sustainable operational cost savings for their clients. Kent has a BS in Engineering and an MBA both from Cornell.
Akanksha Goel is a supply chain fanatic with artistry in logistics optimization and data analytics. She has established her niche in systems implementation, by constructing and conceptualizing cost optimizing solutions for clients. She has worked on environmental, process and IT innovations on numerous occasions and is a graduate from the Supply Chain Engineering program at Georgia Tech.
Greg Gotsky is a dedicated, customer focused, and outcome-oriented executive with proven skills in Order-to-Cash, Pricing Optimization and Supply Chain business functions. Greg is a strong utility player, taking on roles such as: project manager, solution architect or process team lead. Greg is a results driven resource with experience in Aerospace and Defense, Consumer Packaged Goods, Metals, Pharmaceuticals and Telecommunications.
Neil Greenleaves is an expert at delivering business intelligence and analytics that are practical for daily business operations. Partnering with business leaders and organizations to identify and architect business needs, Neil has led teams that have tackled urgent operational gaps as well as developed longer-term strategic solutions including the design, deployment and improvement of big data, business intelligence and analytics.
Khatera Hashuri is a multilingual business transformation professional with a background in process reengineering and operational effectiveness. She has led complex initiatives aimed at aligning strategic vision through sustainable cross-functional implementation. Within the Supply Chain field, she has spent years delivering high-performance Sales & Operations Planning operations. She regularly works with organizations to develop change management strategies, and build capabilities for sustained results.
Lee Hayward is a highly experienced Order-to-Cash consultant with 20+ years SAP Sales/Distribution and Logistics Execution expertise. He has completed eight major end-to-end business transformation and SAP deployments. Lee has also led large teams and provided deep expertise to successfully build and deploy new business capabilities, which have led to his very pragmatic and common sense approach.
Derek Jenkins is a global expert and business architect in the Plan-to-Ship and Procure-to-Pay areas. With 20+ years of hands-on industry experience, Derek excels in effectively combining processes and technologies (SAP) that deliver significant value to his clients. He is a leading industry expert in process design and systems deployment for metals companies.
Nikki Klein is a seasoned expert in Finance and Controlling processes and best practices focused on delivering on business outcomes. With 22+ years of SAP experience in finance and cost accounting business transformation, she has concentrated experience working with companies in Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Manufacturing, Retail and Transportation. Nikki holds B.A. degrees in English and Psychology.
Glenn Kraskey is a leading business and technology integration expert for the Manage-the-Business process with extensive experience spanning 25+ years. As one of the original consultants in the SAP/ERP field, Glenn possesses global, expert level know-how with business operations acumen and the configuration/design/deployment of the integrated SAP platform. Glenn held senior level program and project management roles for global enterprises.
With 15+ yrs of exp. as an executive in the Metal and Chemical industries, Luis Lacave helps Natural Resources clients develop capabilities that optimize their financial and operating results, while also capitalizing on digital innovation. He has worked with leading companies in the areas of supply chain, manufacturing and operations, tech and business transformation. Prior to joining VP, he was an Accenture’s Managing Director for the Chemical and Natural Resources industries in Brazil.
Ann Lee is a laser focused, high-energy and outcome-driven executive experienced in Sales & Operation Planning and ERP implementation with 10+ years working with end-to-end cycles. Recent industry focus has been in aluminum, steel, publishing, learning and telecommunications. Ann is APCIS – BSCM certified with degrees from University of Michigan, Nankai University and an M.B.A. from Auburn University.
With 30 years of operations, procurement, supply chain and operational excellence exp., John has led global teams in the development and execution of strategies which improve performance and reduce operating costs and complexities. He is a recognized authority in the areas of Supply Chain Optimization, Procurement Transformation and Vendor Management & Performance. He’s held positions of increasing responsibility with Aetna, Stanley Black & Decker, Teleflex, Duracell.
Mark Miller has decades of highly successful entrepreneurial leadership as well as integration and business performance improvement expertise. He is the Founder/CEO of Venetia Partners and SCI receiving numerous service excellence awards as well as the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award, four Inc500 awards, and two Inc/Cisco Technology awards. Mark also served in Senior roles at Accenture and IBM and holds ChE, MSE, and MBA degrees.
William Miller leads Venetia Partners’ biotechnology and analytics practices, with extensive experience helping companies leverage cloud and big data technologies to solve some their biggest challenges. Leveraging his Advanced Analytics Modeling and related tech competencies, he has led large analytics transformation projects across the Biotech, Capital Markets, Banking and Insurance industries. He has a BS and MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jeff Mullin specializes in the Order-to-Cash, Procure-to-Pay, Inventory Management, Inter-Company and Logistics business areas. He is a skilled practitioner and operator of SAP with 20 years of experience in process design, configuration, and project and application management. Jeff is SAP-certified and an expert in inter-module integration. His industry experience includes Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing and Automotive.
Sam Mullis is a proven expert with extensive experience spanning 20+ years in financial and cost accounting and implementing related software applications for manufacturing and service companies. Sam has served in a variety of functional and leadership roles, delivering business and SAP technology solutions for the Telecommunications, Consumer Products, Metals and Service industries. He holds a B.S. in Accounting.
Lou Pahountis delivers successful outcomes for companies with complex supply chains and chronic under-performance. For 30 yrs., he’s worked across many industries including Metals and Automotive. Previously, he was VP of Global Supply Chain for $11B/yr Novelis, leading large operational transitions, and has held roles at Alvarez & Marsal, Perot, Accenture and Alcoa. Education: Master’s degrees in Engineering and Business.
Jeannie is an industry leader with specialization in the planning, development and implementation of third-party risk and supply chain management. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Regulatory Vendor Program Manager and holds a patent for design and development of GE’s Software Lifecycle Management. She has worked in multiple industries including: Financial Services, Media/Entertainment, Manufacturing, Retail, Real Estate Facilities Management and Technology.
Dale Rabeneck is a results-driven leader with proven skills in organization redesign, complex business transformation, global supply chain, manufacturing and distribution operations, IT and systems implementation, profit/cost improvement and project management. He is an expert in organization, process and systems design for supply chain, manufacturing and quality processes within the Chemicals, Defense, Industrial Products, Metals, Mining and Transportation industries.
Luke Rapach is a deeply skilled supply chain and manufacturing utility player with a wide variety of perspectives stemming from 30 years of experience in the specialty Chemicals, Metals, Aerospace and Consumer Products industries, including 15 yrs. of manufacturing operations and technical roles. He has a proven track record of successful supply chain design, process improvement and ERP implementations.
Tom Ring has 20+ years of experience in business transformation and SAP, with depth in supply chain planning, shop floor execution, procurement, warehouse management and product definition. Having served as end-to-end process architect many times, he has delivered outcomes for companies across multiple industries by aligning software with process and organizational governance. He was previously with Accenture and Solutions Consulting.
Matthias Schiffer is a proven expert and solution architect in Financial Management and Operations with specific concentration in designing and implementing Overhead Management, Product Costing and Material Ledger Actual Costing processes & solutions. With 20+ yrs of domestic and international experience, he has worked in the Consumer Products, Pharmaceuticals, Metals, Food and Beverage, Chemicals and Automotive industries.
Phil Scolieri brings 25+ years of experience and a reputation for planning and driving complex business and IT transformation efforts in a variety of industries working with large and mid tier companies encompassing: Metals, Mining and Industrial Manufacturing. He has in depth knowledge of how to manage the complete ERP life cycle as well as key insights into Process, Organization and Tech critical factors that make the difference between success and failure.
Tracy is an industry leader specializing in Information Technology Transformation and Operational Performance improvement. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and a certified Project Management Professional. She has extensive M&A experience including IT due diligence and Post-Merger integration, 100-day planning, IT ops and org restructuring. She has worked in multiple industries including: Comms, Financial Services, Healthcare, Insurance, Retail, Transportation and Tech.
Lee Shull is a business problem solver, change agent and experienced Business Transformation and IT leader. With 20+ years of experience managing projects in both industry and consulting, he offers unique perspectives on how companies can successfully manage and execute change. Lee’s supply chain experience crosses multiple industries including: Chemicals, Consumer Packaged Goods, High Tech, Metals and Telecommunications.
Steve Svedlund is an operations business process expert with 25+ years of experience in Global Supply Chain management. Masterfully guiding organizations through process reengineering and organizational transformation, Steve has successfully led multi-functional process teams on large-scale business transformation projects. He is a proven problem solver with the ability to leverage best practices to improve an organization’s performance.
Phil Tickle leads the Venetia Partners Strategy and Business Transformation Practice and is a member of the Executive Committee. With 20+ years of management consulting and executive experience, Phil has worked with senior executives to plan, design and execute complex business transformations, most recently leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT). He holds an M.B.A and M.S/B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
Becky Urbanic is passionate about standardizing, rationalizing and improving human capital, business processes and systems to help organizations attain and exceed their strategic objectives. With a track record of excellence, she is deeply skilled in project and organizational change management. Becky is an outcomes-based leader with a diverse background across numerous industries ranging from Professional Services, Pharmaceuticals, Aerospace and Software.
An international supply chain leader with more than 15 years of experience in consulting and executive roles, Olga brings a stellar track record of sustainably increasing profitability, reducing cost, and improving customer satisfaction. Skills: strategic planning, carrier contract negotiation/ maintenance, customer satisfaction, supply planning management and inventory control. Industries: Building Materials, Construction, Mining, Agricultural, Oil and Gas, Comms., Food, Transportation.
Chris Watson is a seasoned leader and solution architect with deep experience across all aspects of Financial Operations. Chris excels in breaking down complex business and system-related concepts into manageable components, enabling both executives and line management to define and build highly effective processes and enabling technologies. Industry experience includes: Aerospace & Defense, Consumer Packaged Goods, Industrial Equipment and Metals.