At A&M, he helped an $11 billion aluminum mill client create, develop and implement a new global supply chain playbook that included new S&OP processes, KPI’s and organization structure. Following the deployment of this playbook in North America, Mr. Pollak was asked to lead the European supply chain as interim head for seven months while a search was conducted for a permanent replacement.
Before A&M, Mr. Pollak was Vice President of Purchasing North America and Global Food Preservation Purchasing for AB Electrolux. There, he led teams that delivered significant financial and operational performance improvement results across the supply chain in the areas of procurement, demand planning, freight, warehousing and working capital management. While leading purchasing, he delivered five percent year-over-year cost outs and significant days payable improvement through a team of over 130 professionals in four continents focused on commodity management, negotiations and engineering changes.
Mr. Pollak transformed the purchasing group from transactional-decentralized to a center-led strategic purchasing organization, managing total value to the firm for cost, quality, innovation and working capital. He also led the development of new supplier engagement activities to involve suppliers in early R&D initiatives, identify new technologies, implement cost out opportunities and improve quality. He led key indirect materials negotiations for major services, IT, warehousing, distribution, transportation and equipment contracts.
Previously, Mr. Pollak was a senior director, responsible for demand planning, customer delivery and productivity improvements, as well as freight and warehousing. This included the operational installation and enhancement of Oracle transportation management systems. Before this, he led a sales team that launched $750 million in new business for Electrolux’s largest customer over 110 new private-label models on time and within budget.
Earlier, he was COO of a startup consumer electronics firm, where he scaled the operations of a high-growth company from $130 million to $1 billion in sales to major global retailers in North America, Central America and Europe.
Mr. Pollak earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of arts from the University of Minnesota.