Cardy Louis

Vice President of Manufacturing Automation & AI at The Greenbrier Companies

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Highly accomplished Manufacturing and Business leader with 22+ years' experience with the engineering and deployment of World-Class Manufacturing technologies, systems, and operations. Adept at engineering and deploying lean, agile and flexible manufacturing processes for overall operational efficiency improvement, capacity expansion, and automation. Strategic and resilient business leader with experience at driving shareholder value in a large corporation, rapid growth, and turnaround organization. Motivational team leader who energies collaboration, alignment, and cohesiveness across team and organizations worldwide. Active U.S. Security Clearance

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Manufacturing
Aerospace
Work experience

Dec 2019 - Present

The Greenbrier Companies

Vice President of Manufacturing

Creating strategic plans expanding automation, robotics, and AI in all manufacturing facilities, and leading the development of short and long-range planning, policies, programs, and objectives in support of the strategies. Driving the execution of automation and robotics projects (e.g. selection of equipment, plant layout changes, installation of capital equipment, calibration and testing, etc.) together with key stakeholders to ensure successful implementation Leading initiatives and cross functional teams, including suppliers, contractors and 3rd party vendors, to implement advanced automation projects from concept to full integration while ensuring alignment to the Company's standards on safety and quality

May 2018 - Dec 2019

Raytheon Technologies

SR. Manager: Program Management, Engineering & Operations

Complete responsibility for Manufacturing Engineering, Capital, Operation Process Innovation, Quality, and R&D efforts. Led the Space and Airborne Systems’ Program Management and Planning Operations. With Secret level clearance, delivering both technical and program area commitments, including technical performance, schedule, and cost for both internal IRAD Initiatives, Program Engineering, and external contractual commitments. Led key senior stakeholders, Senior Executives, SVPs, and Directors, in the understanding of business functions, process flows, engagement in strategic development, and formulation of business hypotheses opportunities to improve client experiences and establish market utilities. Principal advisor for creating strategic plans for new corporate business development, establishing negotiation strategies, financial analysis through full understanding of EVMS (Earned Value Management Systems), IRAD research, and development of advanced technology, engineering principles, manufacturing and operation matters, by leveraging experiences of business processes, financial modeling, and analysis to identify solutions that result in significant bottom-line contributions.

May 2016 - May 2018

Raytheon Technologies / Pratt & Whitney

Dir. Manufacturing System Engineering & Advanced Technology

Director: Capital Equipment Procurement & Tooling - Aerospace Engineering The owner and accountable for delivering $500M in Capex for manufacturing equipment, from engineering concept, procurement, and implementation to produce commercial & military aircraft engine components. Providing leadership & direction for 30+ member for the acquisition of Capital Equipment, Project Management Office, Compliance, Vendor Management, Contract Negotiations, and Competitive Markets. Developing detailed project plans and budgets, including timeline commitments, prerequisites, and assumptions. Implementing project management best practices through work plans, critical path analysis, and earned value milestones while utilizing the Phase Gate Model methodology. Collaborating with key stakeholders, Manufacturing GMs, Procurement and Legal to establish contracting strategies, be the business owner of these contracts. Manage project resource allocations across 30+ Global Manufacturing centers. Assessing, analyzing and implementing solutions across the division to identify and eliminate waste, organize around Lean, Six-Sigma processes, delivering excellence on safety, environmental, quality, productivity, and cost. Directing 60+ member durable, perishable tooling and indirect services team, in the design & make of all production tooling, indirect material, maintenance crib inventory procurement, and management. Driving business growth strategy through mergers & acquisition of targets in the US, Europe, Japan, and Singapore. Creating a shared vision, leading department head managers, with process improvement projects to ensure a high level of efficient productivity and customer satisfaction.

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Feb 2008 - Apr 2016

Caterpillar Inc.

Sr. Manager, Manufacturing Engineering

Leading all team activities in the research & advanced engineering, of manufacturing systems, from design, development, integration, qualification, and production start-up. Leading manufacturing strategy in the pursuit of World-Class manufacturing status in innovation, agility, flexibility, quality, and cost-effectiveness. Leading business growth strategy through mergers & acquisition of manufacturing targets in the US, Europe, and Asia. Led the completion of new greenfield manufacturing facility to support business growth strategy and capacity expansion.

Feb 2005 - Feb 2008

Procter & Gamble

Sr. Manager, Manufacturing Engineering

Led all aspect of manufacturing team - from the design, development,build and implementation of manufacturing equipment for global manufacturing facilities - ensuring efficient integration of factory, material distribution, maintenance and quality to achieve profitable operations of and reduced product cost.

Education

2013 - 2014

BRADLEY UNIVERSITY

MASTER BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, MBA

STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP AND FINANCIAL PLANNING

1991 - 1995

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

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