He has served in enterprise leadership positions and as an adviser or consultant to many large and mid-market commercial companies.
Mr. Darland specializes in interim leadership, pre-acquisition due diligence, acquisition integration, enterprise and operational performance improvement, integrated supply chain management and corporate strategy, with experience in a variety of industries.
Notable engagements include: chief executive officer (CEO) of a highly-patented water distillation system; CEO of a restructured cabinetry company; chief operating officer (COO) of the world’s largest greenhouse facilities; and COO of a food processing company.
In addition, Mr. Darland served as chief supply chain officer for a major casino / resort; led the operational restructuring of an $8 billion agribusiness (receiving multiple awards); led the turnaround as chief restructuring officer for a $100 million food processing company; and managed the carve-out and implementation for a $300 million equipment rental acquisition.
He has led pre-acquisition due diligence teams for many private equity investments in diverse business sectors, as well as multiple assessments and performance improvement activities for companies in a wide range of industries.
Before joining A&M, Mr. Darland was a Director with Deloitte Corporate Restructuring and a partner with CRG Partners, a national turnaround and performance improvement group.
Previously, he was VP of Supply Chain and Chief Procurement Officer for a multi-billion dollar integrated pulp and paper company. While there, he was a member of the senior executive committee and led acquisition integrations.
Earlier, he was an executive for a major global consumer electronics and camera company, serving as operations director for the several divisions of film assembly, chemical manufacturing and imaging media, as well as program leadership for globalization of procurement and for several new product developments.
Mr. Darland earned an MBA in finance and strategic planning from the University of Massachusetts and a bachelor's degree in mathematics and nuclear engineering with high honors from the U.S. Naval Academy.
He is a Certified Professional in Supply Management and is recognized as a global leader in supply chain operations. Mr. Darland served as a nuclear submarine officer, was certified as a professional engineer on multiple reactor facilities and recently retired as a Captain in the Naval Reserves after five command tours.