Our Managing Director Jay Kent has more than 25 years of experience in growth and turn-around companies with deep expertise in supply chain, global/domestic transportation, operations, omnichannel, retail, B2B, 3rd party logistics, vendor management, manufacturing (nutraceutical and pharmaceutical), raw material procurement, contract sales, industrial engineering, inventory planning/allocation, technology deployment, wholesale and C-Suite executive leadership for medium to Fortune 150 companies.

Prior to SLB Performance, Jay was the Chief Supply Chain Officer for General Nutrition Centers (GNC) responsible for end-to-end supply chain from seed to shelf for over 9,100 stores worldwide in over 50 countries, omnichannel fulfillment, manufacturing, wholesale and contract sales business. Jay was responsible for the strategy/design and supply chain transformation for several companies in his career. Prior to GNC, Jay held senior executive leadership positions for Kohl’s Department Stores, Linens N Things, Macy’s, Toys R Us and Tiger Direct.

Relevant Experience

  • Designed and led holistic Supply Chain transformation for global specialty retailer with over 9100 stores, wholesale, manufacturing and omnichannel divisions
  • Developed and led strategy to reduce logistics costs as a percent of sales by 32% for $16 billion nationwide retailer
  • Developed and led holistic expense reduction strategy that resulted in $27 million reduction per year savings while reducing cycle time to customer by 40%
  • Led supply chain transformation to reduce inventory levels by 20% in a 12-month timeframe
  • Led a cross-functional team that reduced the cycle time by 25% for a large growing retailer with sales in excess of $16 billion
  • Designed the strategy and implemented the technology/ systems to improve the network productivity by over 120% in 11 nationwide distribution centers
  • Re-engineered processes and accountability to improve manufacturing on-time performance by 70% for 30 pharmaceutical and nutraceutical customers
  • Led cross-functional groups in the design and implementation of formalized Open to Buy (OTB) process to improve accountability and profitability for multiple retailers

Jay’s Expertise Covers

  • C-Suite leadership, supply chain, omnichannel, retail, transportation, operations, vendor management, manufacturing, inventory management, industrial engineering, labor management, cost reductions and customer service improvements.

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