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Desired Industry: Computer Software/Programming SpiderID: 57396
Desired Job Location: Phoenix, Arizona Date Posted: 1/30/2012
Type of Position: Full-Time Permanent Availability Date:
Desired Wage:
U.S. Work Authorization: Yes
Job Level: Management (Manager, Director) Willing to Travel: Yes, More Than 75%
Highest Degree Attained: MBA Willing to Relocate: Yes


Objective:
Seasoned executive with a combined technical and business background and demonstrated ability to lead global development and operations projects. Recognized for people management skills-the ability to recruit and motivate a global staff of technical professionals to achieve superior results. Proven track record in managing entire product life-cycle-taking products from initial concept phase to successful introduction in the marketplace.


Experience:
INVENSYS OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT, Tucson, Arizona 2008-Present
Director, Product Development
Global supplier of controls, and safety automation hardware, solutions software and services.
• Led a strategic initiative to provide a toolset to our Global project delivery organization. Scope included design, development, testing and QA. Now in its third generation, the toolset is successfully being used in 25+ of company’s largest Global projects- exceeding $280M in orders.
• Special assignment – led the Controls and Safety organization in the transition of a 500+ engineer development organization to an offshore partner with minimal impact to committed deliverables. Continues as Segment Lead for the Offshore PMO.

BIOVIGILANT SYSTEMS, Tucson, Arizona 2007-2008
Vice President, Engineering
Startup supplying instantaneous microbial detection systems to life sciences industries.
• Led all Engineering (software, hardware, mechanical packaging) functions as well as overall company program management. Began shipping product in Dec 2007.

MISYS HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS, Tucson, Arizona 2005-2007
Director, Product Development
Business unit supplying software applications (clinical, department and enterprise-level) and services to the Healthcare industry.
• Led the Enterprise software development team with focus on Hospitals and interconnected communities, RHIO’s.
• Distributed development team - 4 centers of excellence in US, with an offshore development center in India
• Responsible for R&D, engineering, configuration management, QA and maintenance.
• Special assignment – CMMI Management Steering Committee Chair - lead the cross-business unit corporate process quality initiative to improve software quality via the best practices of CMMI.
• Developed a new product life cycle to accelerate cycle time and promote continuous improvement.

WILLIAM E. BREEN PAGE 2

• Turned around a multi year failing project at a very key customer. Delivered product per new schedule and customer now live in production. Solidified a long term relationship and created a $1M+ custom development revenue stream.


UNION SWITCH & SIGNAL, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2002-2004
Vice President, Automation & Information Systems
Business unit supplying computer aided dispatching (CAD), scheduling and information management applications to the global rail and transit industry.
• Led the business unit with full P&L responsibility -- increased revenues 2.5 times -from $25M to >$63M in revenues, profits increased 2.7 times
• 300+ employee organization in US and UK, with offshore development center in India.

• Responsible for R&D, new business development, engineering, project implementation, QA, installation, product support and maintenance.
• Restructured the organization and leadership.
• Led a Corporate Quality improvement to Develop a new product life cycle to accelerate cycle time and promote continuous improvement.
• Negotiated a key customer contract at improved margins - displaced a competitor. Solidified a long term relationship.
• Enhanced product line with new technology - web-based products to complement traditional line of business.

HONEYWELL IC, Phoenix, Arizona 1997-2002
Director, Hi-Spec Solutions Product Development
Entrepreneurial team that served as the growth engine for Honeywell Industrial Control.
• During significant changes in executive leadership, led the organization that developed an advanced control software product portfolio that increased revenues from $70 Million to $300 Million in 5 years. Delivered 60-80 software product releases per year. Microsoft strategic partner leveraging .NET technology.
• Built a global advanced control applications software development organization (through acquisition and internal growth)-from a 35 member staff in 2 locations to 250 engineers, $23+ Million budget, 11 locations in North America, Europe (Germany, Finland) and Asia (India).
• Full budget and management control. Managed full product life cycle-design/development/delivery of quality software products and continuation engineering in the field for customer satisfaction. Delivered on plan, under budget every year.
• Recognized by COO in 1999 as one of the top 20 (out of 132) software organizations in Honeywell
• Change agent-champion for process improvement:
• Developed program management, software development methodologies, and metrics for continuous improvement.
• Utilized Software Engineering Institute’s Capability Maturity Model-several teams went from Level 1 to Level 3.
• Identified opportunities to leverage lower cost resources in India-reducing labor costs by $4 Million.
• Instituted structured gate business processes for New Product Development in 2001. Saved $165,000 in 2001 and projected $330,000 in 2002 by completing a personal Six Sigma project.
• Six Sigma champion-all direct reports and 80% of organization trained. Projected savings of $2.5 Million in 2002.
• People management-fostering innovation-8 engineers recognized with company’s highest award for technical achievement.
• Instituted additional team and individual awards to recognize creativity and innovation.
• Improved employee retention by over 20% by additional recognition, coaching, mentoring.


WILLIAM E. BREEN PAGE 3

HONEYWELL IAC, Phoenix, Arizona 1989-1996
Manager, Hi-Spec Solutions R&D Operations (1996)
• Developed the software deliverables plan and administered change control on the process. Managed the overall R&D spending and software deliverables plan, under budget.
• Established standard program management procedures for planning, reporting, and risk management.

Manager, TPS100 Programs (1995-1996)
• Led the program office (staff of 9 program managers and administrators) for TPS100 development programs.
• Led a cross-functional team responsible for the successful execution of the $20 Million TPS100 business strategy-executing hardware and software development programs for on time, on budget delivery of quality products.
• Division liaison for developing the strategic roadmap in utilizing Honeywell India Software Operations.
TDC 3000 Software (1989-1995)
Starting as Release Manager in 1989, was promoted to development manager in 1991 and second level manager in 1992.
• Received the “1993 Lund Award For Managerial Excellence”. This is a corporate award that recognizes excellence in being a leader as demonstrated by being “a ‘people developer’, role model and coach, and performance leader”.
• Managed software development, continuation and integration testing. Led an organization of 55 engineers.
• Received “Significant Contributor Award” for leading the planning and execution of R520, a special package of Alarm Enhancements required for key Middle East account, a $50 Million project.
• Established a track record of on time, delivery, under budget, with quality for TDC software releases.
• Responsible for product management, planning and software development of VAX-based Control applications. Supervised an organization of 35.
• Introduced peer code reviews and inspections to the organization, resulting in higher quality products.
• Special assignment-planned and delivered on time with quality (0 bugs) AM/CL performance enhancements to save key refining customer. Also used by key Middle East customer. Given award for performance.

ITT ALCATEL COURIER INFORMATION SYSTEMS, Phoenix, Arizona 1987–1989
Senior Software Manager
• Responsible for next generation product line accounting for $36 Million in annual revenues: IBM 3174 compatible product family. Led strategy and target product architecture development. Staffed up to a team of 30 software and hardware designers. Directly supervised 18 engineers.
• Collaborated with other vendors and negotiated OEM and joint development agreements.

• Increased responsibility to include the XTRA PC product line. Transferred the development division from California to Arizona. Managed the entire relocation activities, making it operational three weeks ahead of schedule.

HONEYWELL INFORMATION SYSTEMS, Phoenix, Arizona 1974-1987
Delivered exceptional results and was consistently promoted to larger scope positions, including:
Program Manager (1977-1981)
• Hardware/software program with 150 person staff distributed in four locations in Arizona and California

Manager, Communications and Multi-computer Services Software (1982-1987)
• Led a staff of 22 engineers that delivered Honeywell’s first distributed application, opened $100 Million market.



Education:
EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
M.B.A., Business Administration, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
M.A., Mathematics (Computer Science option), Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
B.S., Engineering-Computer and Information Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Tau Beta Pi Honorary, Deans Honor List
Continuing Education Courses:
Engineering Management Schools 1, 2, 3 - three one-week modules dealing with management of technical personnel, soft skills, leadership, quality, achieving results etc. Advanced Program for Managers – Honeywell four-week executive development program-by corporate nomination (Led by faculty from Boston College and Harvard). Quality – TQM, Change Management, Six Sigma, Stage-Gate Process /Portfolio Management Executive Leadership program - custom program for Union Switch & Signal covering Leadership, Business Ethics, Coaching and Mentoring, Leading Strategic Change, Creativity and Critical Thinking, Team Development (Led by faculty from Duquesne University).


Skills:
Passionate about people, grounded in quality and continuous process improvement, drives for results. Excellent communication and interaction skills at all organizational levels, strong team player, mentor, and motivator. Key competencies include:
• Staff Leadership / Development
• Resource Management • P&L responsibility
• Process Improvement-Six Sigma
• Strategic Planning • Change Agent-Agile Development
• Coaching, Mentoring, Team Building • International Experience
• Project Planning and Management • Merger/Acquisitions-Due Diligence


Additional Information:
If you need an executive to improve operations, increase customer satisfaction and grow the business, I can help.

At Honeywell Hi-Spec Solutions, I led the program management and product development function that grew to a 250+ engineer organization in 11 locations in North America, Europe and Asia. I led the implementation of a PMO and a stage gate process for portfolio management. Our global team delivered products that increased revenues from $70 million to $300 million in five years. I was fortunate to be recognized with the Lund Award in 1993 - the top corporate award for developing people and delivering business results.

In July 2002, I left Phoenix for a position as Vice President, Automation & Information Systems, reporting to the CEO, for Union Switch & Signal in Pittsburgh. I had full P&L responsibility for a software focused, 350+ person business unit supplying computer aided dispatching (CAD), scheduling and information management applications to the global rail and transit industry. We grew both revenues and profits over 2.5 times. Revenue exceeded $63M. UK government spending cuts impacted our largest customer, Network Rail, and our contract was terminated. I stayed on through June 2004 to help effect an orderly transition.

For family reasons, I targeted a relocation to Tucson, AZ. I was Director of Product Development at Misys Healthcare Systems. I led development of our enterprise systems for Hospitals as well as our Connect family that integrates our Misys products from all venues of care with other third party EMR systems through emerging industry standard IHE protocols. My organization had centers in Tucson, San Bernardino, Salt Lake City, Raleigh and Bangalore India. In addition, I led our configuration management staff and the corporate process improvement program, based on CMMI. My business unit was divested and my organization was split among 3 different companies.

Subsequently, I was with Biovigilant Systems, a startup in Tucson, AZ that was introducing a breakthrough technology, instantaneous microbial detection into the life sciences industries, such as pharma clean rooms. We began shipping product in December in a controlled release as we prepared for FDA DMF filing. I started as a consultant reporting to the CEO, focusing on software development and then became Vice President, Engineering. I was responsible for all development (software, hardware, mechanical packaging) as well as overall company program management. The Board required severe cost cutting to reduce our burn rate and my position was eliminated.

I just completed an assignment as Director, Product Development, with Invensys Operations Management, a global controls and automation software company. I led a strategic initiative to develop a toolset for our global project delivery organization. It speeds the time and quality of project implementation. It is currently in use globally in our largest projects --exceeding $280M in orders. I also had a special assignment in our offshore strategy. Led the transition of 500+ engineers to an offshore partner in India with minimal impact to deliverable commitments.

I've spent over 2 decades getting the most out of technical professionals. Building environments where commitments are met, innovation can flourish, and continuous process improvement (including Six Sigma, Agile) is a way of life. I've received corporate honors in recognition of my skills as a coach, mentor, and business results leader.

I have spent a career leveraging technology (software and hardware) and people to solve corporate problems -- both internal and external. I believe that my skills and experience are indeed transferable between industries. I have worked in business units from $50M on up to $1B. I have personally led organizations of about 400, with P&L responsibility, including most functions- e.g. business development, product management, project management, R&D, engineering, testing, documentation, installation and call center product support and corporate IT. I've had to build and maintain strong customer relationships, negotiate contracts, leverage work offshore and perform due diligence on mergers/acquisitions. I've worked in industrial automation (oil/gas, petrochemical refining, Pharma, Pulp & Paper), transportation and healthcare, and defense market sectors as well as the more traditional IT work.

While other factors such as an exciting job challenge are of primary importance to me, you should know that in recent years, my total compensation has been in the range of $175,000 to $250,000.

Regarding relocation, I am open to moving for the right opportunity.

I look forward to discussing any appropriate opportunities with you.


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