Our Team – Group50 Consultants

Our Team – Group50 Consultants

Group50 manufacturing & distribution consultants have significant operating backgrounds in many functional areas and industries. Meet some of our team:

Jim Gitney | CEO

is the CEO and Founder of Group50® and a member of the Board of Advisors for Thinaer, an IoT and Blockchain platform. He is considered a Strategy 4.0™, operations and supply chain subject matter expert.  Jim leads Group50’s practices in Strategic PlanningStrategic Execution and Manufacturing and Distribution. He developed Group50’s virtual strategic planning process with a focus on higher engagement of remote workforces. Jim is a member of Inflection Masters, a group of highly skilled functional experts focused on eliminating barriers to growth. He has over 30 years experience in world class companies such as GE, Black & Decker, Sunbeam and Rain Bird and over the past 17 years has consulted with companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100.  His background includes running large operations with multiple facilities in over 20 countries. Jim’s strength is working with boards, business owners and executives to develop business strategies and effectively implement them. He is considered a business and digital transformation expert and has written numerous articles on the subject. During his career, Jim has had multiple C-level assignments and his experience includes Executive Chairman, Board Member, CEO, business development, marketing/sales and operations. Jim’s background covers various industries including consumer and industrial products, the internet, government, aerospace, healthcare, professional services and high-tech.

He was instrumental in 11 operational and financial restructurings and has routinely implemented business strategies that have delivered double digit improvements on both the top line and bottom line for his clients and operations he has managed. He was also instrumental in the integration of multiple acquisitions. His professional experience is complemented by a BSME from the University of Delaware and a MBA from Gannon University.

Shirish Néné

leads Group 50’s Digital and Information Technology Practice and brings 30 years of extensive industry experience and a reputation as a customer-focused executive blending business needs with technological innovation to deliver top line and bottom line results.  He is also a member of the CompTIA Blockchain Advisory Council. He has a successful track record leading Software Development, IT Operations, and Strategy Development Organizations.  Shirish’s background includes over 18 years with Verizon where he held leadership roles in a variety of large corporate initiatives ranging from cloud implementations, data center consolidations, data analytics, cyber-security, disaster recovery and business continuity planning, and setting up global operations.  He has championed Lean Six Sigma reengineering efforts, that have more than halved process times.   He has a strong foundation in sound agile methodology, release, customer, and project management practices.  Shirish has successfully managed large infrastructure budgets in excess of $100M.   He has also worked with various US and international consulting practices and holds a Master’s in Physics and a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India.

Paul Bohr

is a Supply Chain Transformation Architect and has over 35 years of experience delivering performance improvement and transformation to leading companies in automotive, government, aerospace, chemical, consulting, communications, medical and service industries.  Paul has extensive experience working domestically and internationally as an executive leader, coach, and consultant with many leading organizations.  Very effective in energizing and leading diverse teams of professionals in highly competitive industries and fast-paced environments. Strong business, technical, and performance improvement qualifications utilizing Product Engineering, Service, Governance of Performance, Lean Six Sigma, SCOR, ERP, SI&OP, Change Management, and Project Management best practices. Paul is a Master Blackbelt who has worked for many well known companies in Aerospace, Automotive, Medical and the industrial complex.  He is well versed in Mergers and Acquisitions, restructuring and process redesign.


Ron Crabtree

is a recognized expert in leading-edge business process and end-to-end supply chain improvement methodologies incorporating best practices in change management.  Ron is a Master Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, a Certified Supply Chain Transformation Architect, expert in ERP / Supply Chain IT Systems and is a master in effective change management, facilitation and communications.  He has spent more than 20,000 hours providing consulting, training and facilitation for hundreds of organizations internationally on a wide range of topics.  He draws on more than 30 years of experience in using Lean, Six Sigma, Supply Chain and other “best practice” methodologies to driving better results in Sales & Marketing, Growth, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Morale and Productivity as both an insider and as a consultant.  He brings experiences in complex manufacturing, automotive, FMCG, Pharma/Chemicals, insurance & financial services, state/local government, medical / healthcare, process manufacturing, repair operations, printing, injection molding, consumer goods, distribution/retail, software and more.  Ron co-developed and owns a protected Marketing Kaizen methodology that brings best practices in Lean Six Sigma into alignment with best practices in marketing & sales.   Ron authored the TOP Facilitator© Program that provides the skills needed for change agents and leaders charged with facilitating organizational transformation.

Bruce Greiner

leads Group50’s Business Transformation Practice and brings more than 30 years of experience as a senior executive operations leader in the technology sector. His expertise and guidance inspire confidence while driving innovative change. As Vice President for Enterprise Services, he led the global delivery of infrastructure services for IBM’s critical IT systems and networks. He is also credited for managing IBM’s internal enterprise-wide application portfolio for Supply Chain, Customer Fulfillment, Financial Services, Employee Engagement Systems, HR, Procurement, employee provisioning, and vendor management. In addition, in his role as a key executive leader, he was responsible for M&A and Divestitures within the CIO organization.

As Vice President, CIO Operations, Office of the CIO, Bruce led the operations of the Business Transformation/Information Technology organization which ensured strategic alignment and effective execution of IBM’s information technology investments in support of IBM’s business strategy.  He has driven change to an agile operating model and led the implementation of a unique agile work space for his Austin based team.

He has held several key roles in support of IBM’s transformation both within the Software Business unit as well as part of the Corporate Staff. He has led major, multi-year global IT transformation initiatives for IBM’s value chains. He also led the transformation and consolidation of the global CIO organization and drove the IT integration of one of IBM’s largest acquisitions. He has held several financial management positions in Accounting, Financial Planning, Investment Analysis, and Controller.  Bruce is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College.

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