...Tom Keane Mr. Keane is a Principal at Norbridge, with more than 10 years of broadly-based consulting experience.
Mr. Keane's assignments have focused on uncovering operational improvement opportunities through business modeling.He has led or been the lead analyst on projects in the US, UK, Germany, and Scandinavia.Recently he has also managed the development of several web initiatives -- including the Norbridge site.
Samples of his
project work include the following: For a railroad seeking to better understand the potential impact of large volume shifts, Mr. Keane managed the development of a system dynamics simulation model.
The model has helped operations and marketing management communicate plans using a consistent body of understanding and terminology, and has rapidly become part of the installed base of planning tools at the client. (See publications, below.) Working with Jay Coskie (left) and Jack Homer (right) on the rail model April 1999.
For a large inland barge company, Mr. Keane
built a discrete event simulation model to evaluate alternative shore facility (a.k.a. "fleet") configurations.A second phase of work entailed estimating barge movement patterns of an acquired company, and adding their fleets into the mix to be considered for closure or expansion.This enabled the client to rapidly arrive at a operating plan with the new mix of fleets and volume prior to the onset of the next peak season.
For a building products manufacturer that is structured as a holding company with independent operating companies, Mr. Keane
coordinated a purchasing council approach to renewing steel contracts.By leveraging the combined volume of the companies, developing a uniformly specified database, and focusing the analysis on total costs of ownership, annual savings of more than $3 million were realized.
For a prominent regional chain of discount stores, Mr. Keane
analyzed in-house alternatives to third-party jobber and consolidator processing of goods inbound to stores.The study identified multi-million dollar savings from the establishment of a centrally-located owned distribution center, which the company subsequently opened. Mr. Keane attended Cornell University, where he received a BS with Distinction, a Master of Engineering in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, and an MBA.He is a member of the Council of Logistics Management.Prior to joining the company in 1994, he worked with Mercer Management Consulting and Cleveland Consulting Associates.
When not working, Tom
can often be found skating with friends from The InLine Club of Boston
Testing out "new economy" skates Jan. 1, 2000.
Among other publications, he
is a co-author of a paper presented at the 1999 Winter Simulation Conference: "Evaluating Strategies to Improve Railroad Performance -- A System Dynamics Approach."To request a copy, please email Tom
. He also serves as Norbridge's CIO, and assists in staff recruiting efforts.
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