Our Team – Group50 Consultants
Group50 manufacturing & distribution consultants have significant operating backgrounds in many functional areas and industries. Meet some of our team:
Renée LaBran has 25+ years of operating, strategic and financial experience in corporate and early-stage company settings, and in a range of industries that include internet / digital media, technology and consumer products. Having worked as a management consultant, an operating executive and a venture capitalist, she is able to help corporations to drive growth and innovation and to manage in the face of disruption from new technologies, changing consumer needs, and other key trends. In addition to strategy development, she is also experienced in M&A and financial management.
After starting her post-MBA career as a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Renée worked for Times Mirror / LA Times where in addition to managing over $300M in revenues, she co-founded two Internet start-ups backed by media companies. From Times Mirror, Renée moved into venture capital, investing in early stage technology companies, and providing growth capital to consumer products companies. She currently serves as a consultant / advisor and Board Director at Idealab and other companies. Ms. LaBran holds a degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Bruce is Group50’s subject matter expert in operations and human resources. Bruce is a SPHR and brings a unique set of skills to the Group50 team. He combines global corporation expertise (Procter & Gamble) with the agility required in smaller fast paced organizations. He brings leadership expertise in Manufacturing/ Operations, Supply Chain Management, Sales, Customer Service and Human Resources. He is a seasoned HR Executive who has been through ups and downs, growth and downsizing, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, worked for corporate giants and small entrepreneurial companies. He adds a significant amount of people knowledge to our Strategic Planning programs and is considered a subject matter expert in Organizational Development and Design, Talent Management processes, Human Resources Assessments, Audits, Mergers and Acquisitions as well as Integrations, Change Management and Cultural Development.
Alfredo is a sales and marketing professional with over 20 years of leadership experience in B2B & B2C organizations with focus on branding, product management, and strategic planning. He has applied his experience in market effectiveness, product development, global business and sales strategy in both small privately held businesses as well as companies with well-known international brands. Alfredo is a problem solver and well versed in the application of analytical skills and creativity to understand and provide solutions to client challenges. Before receiving his MBA from The UCLA Anderson School, Alfredo studied economics at Pomona College in Claremont where he is currently on the Alumni Association Board.
Heads up Group50’s Manufacturing practice. He has over 35 years of experience in multiple industries and international locations, with over 20 years of Lean Enterprise implementation experience in global situations, for both business process and supply chain optimization. Major projects he has led include managing an enterprise wide cost improvement program of over 100 worldwide projects, established, organized and led two major integration and rationalization projects for the corporation, has led the planning and implementation teams for two greenfield factories outside of the US and has lead multiple PMO’s. David directed a $24M multi-site technology, supply chain, and manufacturing transfer and integration program. This involved re-location and integration of a $100M Malaysian and a $170M U.S. facility manufacturing volume to facilities in Mexico and China, which was completed on schedule. His career is complimented by a BSME from Carnegie Institute of Technology and a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
specializes in finding waste and risk that leak dollars from the supply chain and drain the bottom line. She is a supply chain and purchasing subject matter expert who is well versed in lean business systems. After earning a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri Jane obtained her MBA from San Diego State. She honed her supply chain skills in well known companies like Hewlett-Packard, Agilent, ITT, Quantum and HAAS Automation. Passionate about Lean & Six Sigma, she holds green belt certification from the University of Michigan and earned Certified Professional supply Manager (CPSM) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD) accreditation from the Institute of Supply Management, and is a certified instructor for both programs. She is an adjunct professor teaching Operations Management and Supply Chain Strategies at California State University Northridge and serves on the advisory board for California State Long Beach’s Operations and Supply Chain Management program. She co-founded the So-Cal SCRM Council focused on Supply Chain Risk Management. A sought-after speaker, she writes articles and offers
workshops on a variety of supply chain topics.