Bud Valade

Bud Valade

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Corporate Leader who established from the ground up a new Center of Excellence for Tyco International in Shanghai, China, growing it to 100+ people within 4 years
  • 20+ years successful Research and Development team management for new product development/supplier qualification/manufacturing introduction in the USA and China
  • 30+ years working in Fortune 500 Companies, delivering a broad range of products from high volume consumer electronics to high precision spacecraft antennas
  • Inventor with 13 patents. Member of Tyco International’s Inventor Hall of Fame
  • Design for Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Certified Coaching and Mentoring Professional®, Facilitator, and Corporate Trainer
  • Executive Coach and Trainer for Multinational Corporations in Shanghai and Malaysia
  • Passion is to equip and empower tomorrow’s leaders

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Leading High Performing Project Teams
  • Situational Leadership
  • Criticism and Discipline Skills for Managers
  • Coaching and Mentoring Skills
  • Performance Management
  • Managing Projects in Organizations
  • Developing Career Paths and Ladders
  • Effective Presentations
  • Design for Six Sigma
  • Total Quality Management
  • Design for Manufacturing and Assembly
  • Quality Function Deployment
  • New Product Introduction (NPI)
  • Lean Manufacturing Operations
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
  • Process Measurement and Improvement

BIOGRAPHY

Bud is a seasoned corporate leader and consultant who built and led high performance project teams for Fortune 500 companies for over 30 years. Bud holds a Master of Science Degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois in the USA and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University, also in the USA.

Bud has a distinguished career working for multi-nationals, namely Harris Corporation in the USA, and Tyco International in the USA and China.  Starting his career as an engineer, Bud then moved to project and engineering management for Harris Corporation.

During his tenure at Harris, Bud’s teams designed and developed communications systems for the US Army, solar concentrators for NASA, and high precision spacecraft antennas for the Department of Defense.

At Tyco, Bud had progressively higher management roles leading to an assignment to open a newly established Center of Excellence (CoE) in Shanghai, China.  Bud grew the CoE to over 100 engineers within 4 years.  Bud established high standards of engineering, including Total Quality Management product design and development, Design for Six Sigma methodologies, supplier qualification program (SQP), and collaborative New Product Introduction (NPI) to manufacturing.

During Bud’s tenure, new product introductions resulted in $35M+ incremental revenue in China and the Emerging Markets.  25+ new Chinese suppliers were qualified for production. Value Engineering (VE) projects netted $3M+ in manufacturing savings.

 

Bud grew a multi-functional engineering team, including Project Management, Electronics, Firmware, Mechanical, Quality Assurance, and Sustaining Engineering.  Bud managed the product and technical road map, and ensured the successful implementation of the Tyco Emerging Markets strategy.

 

Bud created and implemented the R&D engineering hiring plan.  He established employee Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the organization and employees. Bud strived to continually developed employee capability, skill and core competencies.  Bud implemented career ladders and awards programs for the Shanghai COE.

 

Bud worked step in step with global manufacturing sites for NPI, manufacturing lean process improvements, quality defect and scrap reductions, and new supplier and component qualification.  He had technical responsibility for all product and process improvements and deviations in production in China.

 

While in Shanghai, Bud was a guest lecturer for the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University Chinese Leaders for Manufacturing joint MBA/Manufacturing Leadership program. Bud is a Certified Coaching and Mentoring Professional®, Facilitator, and Corporate Trainer working with multi-nationals across Asia.

 

Bud’s teams have tremendous respect for him, as he takes a personal interest in their professional, technical and personal development.

“Bud is a good communicator, working effectively with people at all levels in the organization.  He is well known and respected by senior Tyco management. He is skilled at strategic planning with a strong customer focus while executing project details.”

“Bud has always impressed me with his tenacity to drive projects to success. He is extremely steady, confident and positive when faced with project challenges.”

Senior Director, Tyco International

 

“Bud’s extensive management experience and strong technical abilities, along with his intimate knowledge of Tyco policies and procedures were vital as we set up all of the personnel and engineering processes for the R&D organization. Bud personally helped to hire and mentor all of the local managers for each Tyco business unit.”

“Bud was deeply involved with building a partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) where he sponsored interns for the Chinese Leaders for Manufacturing (CLFM) program with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), joint SJTU/Penn State University senior design projects and summer interns.”

“Bud is a great team builder, extremely optimistic and positive, and takes a genuine interest in his employees to develop their abilities. Bud approaches organizational challenges with a positive, can-do approach.”

VP Engineering, Tyco International

 

“Bud is the very rare person that combines technical expertise, people skills and management skills. His intimate knowledge of products and customers allowed him to direct decision making of product strategy with confidence.”

“Working with Bud was a huge education for me in how to manage product development, to motivate and encourage those around me, and of the usefulness of openness and honesty as tools when problems exist and need to be acknowledged.”

“I would work for Bud again in an instant.  He’s fun, interesting and around him, you’ll never be bored. One of the most memorable times in my career.”

Project Manager, Tyco International

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