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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 Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in San Francisco. Mr. Kahler is a member of the Office of the CFO practice where he designs and implements initiatives to align objectives, improve organizational efficiency, enhance value and protect corporate reputations.

As an operations excellence leader and a certified Lean Master, Mr. Kahler has over 20 years of experience implementing sustainable enterprise improvement initiatives for both Fortune 1000 and emerging firms at the senior executive level. He has helped some of the world’s largest companies gain competitive advantage through enterprise continuous improvement in finance, accounting and back office functions.

Mr. Kahler’s expertise includes operations strategy and improvement, enterprise operating model transformation, continuous improvement and operation excellence and Lean Six Sigma program design, training and deployment.

Among his assignments, Mr. Kahler led a Lean optimization program for the captive finance operations of a $46 billion technology wholesaler. He worked with the executive vice president of finance, North America chief financial officer and leadership team to define the operating model and recommend organizational, process and technology solutions. He also assessed offshore shared service capabilities and made Lean improvements across the credit lifecycle.

Before that, as global Lean Enterprise Program Director for a “Big 3” automaker, Mr. Kahler designed and implemented a Lean Enterprise program for the controllership, finance and shared service organizations. He designed and deployed methodology, tools and training, as well as created a 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.

In addition, Mr. Kahler led post-acquisition improvement initiatives in the United Kingdom and United States improving cash flow and working capital for a Fortune 500 equipment manufacturer. To streamline order-to-ship processes, his team utilized Lean concepts to reduce tendering, order management and engineering design lead time by approximately 40 percent.

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

Mr. Kahler directed a finance assessment for the chief financial officer of a $2 billion solar energy company and recommended improvements to accuracy and effectiveness of financial reporting, planning and analysis processes.

Mr. Kahler designed and deployed a North American continuous improvement (CI) program for the chief operating officer of a $30 billion global leasing and finance company. Working with the senior executive team, he redesigned the North American operating model from a product/functional organization to a process organization. The combined CI initiatives will improve customer service levels and reduce annual operating expenses by over $20 million.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Kahler was a Director and firm-wide Lean Leader in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Finance Effectiveness practice.

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