Oliver Wight Announces Dennis Groves Elected Chairman of the Board

Oliver Wight today announced that Dennis Groves, a principal with the company since 2000, was elected by the Oliver Wight Americas’ Board of Directors to serve as Chairman of the Board of Oliver Wight Americas. This marks the eighth year he has served as Chairman of the Board and President of Oliver Wight Americas. Groves also serves as President of Oliver Wight International, the governing board for all world-wide divisions of Oliver Wight.

Groves, who has more than 40 years of experience as a consultant and a practitioner, has worked with process and discrete manufacturers in consumer goods, foods, pharmaceuticals, and many other industries. Among his client companies are Solutia, Schick & Wilkinson Sword, Watson Pharmaceutical, Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, John Deere, Schering-Plough, and Mondelez. He has taught numerous classes in Integrated Business Planning, supplier planning and control, integrated planning and scheduling, data structures, and inventory record accuracy.

Prior to joining Oliver Wight, Groves played key roles in several successful Class A MRP II implementations. Over the years, his supply chain management (SCM) experience has ranged from strategic, high-level issues to practical, yet critical, areas such as supplier scheduling.

While he was an internal Integrated Business Planning consultant with Procter & Gamble (P&G), he personally led two of the company’s North American businesses to Class A. In addition, he was a key player on the team with other P&G and Oliver Wight consultants responsible for the successful Class A certifications of more than a dozen business units.

Groves is co-author of two of the newest Oliver Wight books, An Executive’s Guide to Achieving Class A Business Excellence and Achieving Class A Business Excellence – An Executive’s Perspective. A registered Professional Engineer, he is a member of APICS, holding both CFPIM and CIRM certifications. Groves is also a member of the American Management Association and a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. His article, “Sharing the Vision, an Enterprise Fable,” was published in Mid-Range ERP. Groves holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from The Ohio State University.

About Oliver Wight

Oliver Wight Americas’ principals have been both thought leaders and hands-on practitioners for over 40 years. As a global business management consulting and education firm, the company specializes in helping organizations work smarter, faster, and better than their competitors. Its principals are seasoned professionals who have real-world manufacturing experience. They are able to transfer this knowledge to the people at all levels of an organization, providing tools to help organizations internalize that knowledge and achieve a competitive advantage in the marketplace. The largest worldwide consultancy of its type, Oliver Wight has offices throughout Europe, North and South America, and the Asia/Pacific Region. www.oliverwight-americas.com.