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Jack Kahler

  • Senior Managing Director
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    • One Front Street
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    • San Francisco, CA, 94111
    • United States
    • T: +1 415 283 4200
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Jack Kahler is a Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in San Francisco. He is a member of the Office of the CFO Solutions practice where he designs and implements initiatives to align objectives, improve organizational efficiency, enhance value and protect corporate reputations. Mr. Kahler’s expertise includes finance and operations strategy, enterprise operating model transformation, continuous improvement and operation excellence and Lean Six Sigma program design, training and deployment.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Kahler has helped senior executives of Fortune 1000 and emerging firms implement sustainable improvements.

Among his assignments, Mr. Kahler and his team made lasting organizational, process and technology improvements across the credit lifecycle for a $46 billion technology firm.

In addition, as global Lean Enterprise Program Director for a “Big 3” automaker, Mr. Kahler designed and implemented a transformation initiative for the controllership, finance and shared service organizations. He designed and deployed the methodology, program management office and center of excellence. He also designed and delivered a three-tiered training program to over 2,000 staff and business partners in North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Mr. Kahler directed Lean improvement initiatives across global accounting, finance and back office functions in North and South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr. Kahler also led post-acquisition improvements to cash flow and working capital for a Fortune 500 equipment manufacturer in the United Kingdom and United States. His team streamlined order-to-ship processes and reduced lead time by approximately 40 percent.

Directing close-to-report improvements for an $8 billion entertainment and hospitality company, Mr. Kahler reduced quarterly close effort by over 50 percent and debt roll-forward and property accounting effort by 40 percent.

Mr. Kahler redesigned the North American operating model and deployed a continuous improvement (“CI”) program for a $30 billion global leasing and finance company; the combined CI initiatives improved customer service levels and reduced annual operating expenses by over $20 million.

Mr. Kahler’s most recent publications and presentations include Homebuilding and Big Data: Emerging Applications and Analytics for Residential Homebuilders, a presentation to the Pacific Coast Builders’ Conference; Who says the CFO can’t get quality information?, an article for CFO Magazine and Lean Leads to Sustainable Improvements for Finance and Accounting, an article for IndustryWeek Magazine.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Kahler was a Director and firm-wide Lean Leader in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Finance Effectiveness practice. He was Managing Member of Avocus Group, an operations consultancy, and National Supply Chain Practice Leader for Braun Consulting.

Mr. Kahler holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston and an M.B.A. with concentrations in Operations and Marketing from Boston University. He is Certified in

Production and Inventory Management (“CPIM”) from the American Production & Inventory Control Society (“APICS”) and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Mr. Kahler is a member of AIPICS and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

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