Highly capable, globally tested business leader with over twenty five years experience in the automotive and energy sectors including various overseas business development assignments in Europe, Asia and the Americas
Titles held: Head of APAC, VP Global and Strategic Supply Chain, General Manager, Senior Advisor
A globally experienced multi-industry executive, Eddie was for most of the last decade working in senior roles for Alstom renewables wind business, as Vice President for both global and strategic supply chain, and latterly in regional business leadership as head of the Asia Pacific group, operating out of China, with teams in the wider APAC region. Having left Alstom in 2015, he now provides consultant services and is currently acting as a senior advisor to a global consultancy clean energy practice.
During his Alstom period, he completely re-engineered the wind business supply chain group, then centred in Barcelona, into a globally present, strategic, and highly effective SCM organisation with teams in Europe, North America, Latin America and China.
Raised in Scotland, Eddie studied at university in England, before joining Peugeot Citroen Motors as a graduate trainee. He then joined Japanese vehicle manufacturer Nissan’s new organisation in the UK, based at their state of the art manufacturing set-up in the North East of England.
NMUK was the very first Japanese vehicle transplant facility in Europe, and is still regularly judged to be one of the most productive car manufacturing plants in the world, due in part to the highly effective SCM techniques learned from globally recognised Japanese experts.
Following a successful two-year business development assignment at Nissan’s European HQ in Amsterdam, and a later short period working for the Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organisation (RNPO) entity in Paris, Eddie joined Ford Motor Company at their European operations near London.
As a senior manager in Ford, he was responsible for teams with multi $billion spends, working in close collaboration with global partners in other Ford owned vehicle manufacturers (Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, Lincoln, Mazda and Aston Martin) using innovative cross functional working (e.g. Team Value Management) and supplier management (SRM) approaches.
Following the return from a richly rewarding assignment in Istanbul, at Ford’s joint venture with Turkish conglomerate Koç Industries, Eddie decided to gain a completely different experience, when he agreed to join French energy and transport engineering group Alstom at their HQ in Paris.
Based in Paris, then Zürich, as a senior in-house SCM consultant, he worked closely with Alstom’s six different energy business units, realising cross BU strategic synergies, and helping to develop the organisation at sector level.
Eddie was then asked to go to the recently acquired wind business based in Barcelona, where he performed the roles referred to earlier above, including periods overseas setting up a wholly new local supply chain in Brazil, in critical support of Alstom's successful entry into the strategically important Latin American market, and latterly running the wind APAC regional organisation out of China. This included the winning and execution of projects in Japan and South Korea, and developing an onshore and offshore wind growth plan for the wider region. Was also deeply involved in various global M&A and business development initiatives, including the setting up of a new supply chain industrial footprint in France in support of Alstom's successful offshore wind entry with the Haliade 150 6MW turbine, and other cooperative opportunities.
A widely experienced and highly effective operator, he leads from the front, and gains greatest personal fulfilment from helping to develop people and organisations, unlocking individual potential and providing a strong platform for collective growth.
Operating at present out of London and Istanbul, Eddie suffers from afar the continuing travails of Scottish football, and is currently researching a book on the recent history, and future growth, of global wind.
Eddie was my VP of Global Supply Chain, and later headed up the business Asia Pacific region out of China, when I ran the Wind business for Alstom. When we both arrived in 2009, I set about transforming what was a relatively contained, Spanish centric concern, with a superb engineering pedigree, into a globally present and growing wind player, with new operational footprints in Brazil, the US and for offshore in France, plus a low cost supply chain organisation based in China. Like myself, Eddie has a strong automotive industry background, and his experience and leadership were of course central to the rapid and successful development the business subsequently enjoyedAlfonso Faubel | SVP (CEO) Alstom Wind Business - Renewable Energy
Eddie first started collaborating with Winergy in 2009, when he took over as the head of Supply Chain for ALSTOM Wind. Coming from an automotive background, he encouraged his team to adopt some new approaches and supplier relationship techniques, which, combined with my own team's perspective, meant that the relationship between our two businesses flourishedStefan Tenbrock | CEO Siemens Mechanical Drives Business Unit - Previously CEO and Chairman of the Board at Winergy AG
Eddie and I collaborated very effectively together when he was at Ford and I was a VP at Faurecia, in the Automotive Industry. Coming previously from other global automotive players, Eddie was able to marry his gained experiences and skills with what he found in Ford, to good effect and our businesses relationship developed greatly as a resultFernando Palmero | Managing Director Europe at PSM International - Previously Divisional Vice President Faurecia Interior Systems
When Eddie was recruiting me for the new global supply chain organisation he was creating for Alstom Wind I was impressed by his strategic vision of the kind of effective, wide ranging organisation he had in mind, its intended role in the global growth of the business, and the contribution he expected from me to make it happen. Together with others, we succeeded in his goal, and I count the years I spent there as amongst the most valuable of my career to date. Aside from his obvious capability and long experience, Eddie's strategic thinking, strong and focused leadership and his humorous, warm personal style were something i personally greatly enjoyed and wouldn't hesitate to repeatSteven White | Global Commodities Director Alstom Wind - now at Adwen Offshore
I worked with Eddie in ALSTOM when I was based in Taiwan and he was heading up the Wind Business APAC organisation out of China. With his strong guidance and support we pulled together a customer engagement plan for both onshore and offshore Wind which brought real dividends. His clear business focus helped to reenergise and develop his organisation into an enthusiastic and effective teamStephen Lewis | President and CEO Voith China - Renewable Energy
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