Assisted the CEO in detailing a strategy and translating this into short- and long terms plans for (international) expansion and the associated scale-up of the organization. Facilitated periodic progress reviews and adaptation of the plan in co-operation with CEO and management.
The best strategy will fail unless it is coupled to effective execution. Yet driving effective execution is an issue with which the best of companies sometimes struggle. Establishing and maintaining an overview of how key goals are linked to specific projects and activities in the face of constant change requires both discipline and an effective […]
This major multinational supplier to the healthcare sector had grown through multiple acquisitions. As a result, one of its product portfolios in surgical disposables contained a large number of partially overlapping product lines without a clear overall positioning. Issues included: Sales staff hade difficulty with presentation of the value propositions, thus running the risk of […]
This anaesthetic supplies business was insufficiently profitable. A key cause was that large sums had been spent on the development of ‘high value’ products that were not performing in the market. Nick redesigned the product portfolio with as key element a lower price point for one of the non-performing high value products. The benefits obtained […]
A healthcare equipment manufacturer had adopted a new positioning focused on supporting people involved in delivering healthcare, moving away from its previous feature and technology orientation. Nick coached and supported a (largely virtual) international project team through the development of a business plan and investment proposal for the global introduction of an education business ($100M […]
ABB’s Distribution Transformers business ($1bn turnover) was world market leader, but losing ground and insufficiently profitable. Nick led a team that identified fragmentation of marketing and production (33 factories in 27 countries) as the key barrier to improvement. ABB had not kept pace with the consolidation in its customer markets caused by deregulation. The team […]
Led a project to develop a turnaround strategy for a recently acquired ailing business unit of a fast-growing manufacturer. The key element of the new strategy was providing better service than the competition. Companion initiatives included cost and asset reductions, new positioning and a new performance-based pay structure. The project was immensely successful; profitability exceeded […]