Dr. Prakash Menon

Dr. Prakash Menon

Position: Academic Advisor
Phone: 1800 993 0066
Categories: Academy, AIU Staff
Location: Honolulu, United States

Over twenty years of diverse supply chain, business systems and processes, and technical/engineering experience coupled with graduate engineering and business education. Emphasis in recent years on project management with emphasis on supplier development and logistics. Proven success at exceeding business goals by leveraging technology, process realignment, vendor management, and cost optimization. Experienced in business process reengineering and managing operational and organizational change using six sigma techniques. Initial five years of career spent in operations management in the petroleum industry on offshore oil drilling rigs.


John Deere                                                                                                             1999-Present

Twenty-four billion dollar global leader in the manufacture of farm equipment, industrial, forestry, and lawn-care equipment.


Divisional Process Leader, Commercial & Consumer Division, Cary, NC.   2005 – Present 

  • Manage multiple projects integrating suppliers and logistics operations for the division.
  • Responsible for cost savings of over $2 million annually by optimizing supply networks and export consignments.
  • Monitor product delivery metrics to the dealer and mass channel (Lowes & Home Depot).
  • Managing “achieving excellence” initiatives and fulfillment metrics with the supply base.
  • Lead diverse teams to integrate enterprise and divisional initiatives through regular community of practice meetings.


Project Manager – Integration, Worldwide Supply Chain Management, Moline, IL. 2003 – 2005 

  • Full cycle development and implementation of Logistics operations for Global factories and cross-dock facilities.  Lead the project that included data modeling, system architecture, configuration, and analysis of business requirements.
  • Established the linkage between information technology operating priorities and business unit strategy.
  • In addition, led a team of five professionals and several developers in coordinating integration with SAP and Legacy Order Entry systems and for developing reporting systems using Business Objects.


Project Leader – Planning & Integration, John Deere Supply Net, Moline, Illinois.  2000 – 2003

  •    Led design, development, and application integration for Supplier Network.  The JD Supply Net was an e-business initiative to provide suppliers with a web based front end for order entry, order tracking.  This tool was linked to inbound transportation network to optimize continuous moves of complete goods, parts, and accessories.



Project Lead – Demand Collaborate Project, Consumer Products, Charlotte, NC.   1999 – 2000

  •    Managed a consumer products team through the installation and implementation of the Manugistics Networks Collaborate, a web-based tool applying market intelligence and providing demand forecasts.
  •    By deploying a collaborative forecasting solution, the project enabled customer-level forecasting, increased forecast accuracy 60%, removed 5 cycle days from process, and reduced staffing requirements by 50%.


Initial Positions as: Team Leader – Enablement, Order Fulfillment Team, Consumer Products, Charlotte, NC and Project Lead – Technical, Demand Management Project, Commercial & Consumer Equip. Div., Raleigh, NC

North Carolina Department of Environment                                                                             1993-99

Regional Engineer — Managed air quality regulations and monitored emissions inventory for various industrial sectors in North Carolina. Worked with United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as a panel member of the national pharmaceutical team in forming regulatory compliance stipulations for the pharma industry.  Coordinated the use of USEPA Screen and ISCST Models and generate reports to analyze the effects of industrial pollutant dispersion.


Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Mumbai, India.                                                                   1984-89

Planning & Logistics Engineer (1987 – 1989)

Team member of oil well planning and material logistics team.   Provided planning and material allotment for transportation to offshore sites from base locations.  Provided material specifications, recommendations and global tender evaluation for oil field equipment purchases.  As a Materials Engineer was member of the global material procurement team, which recommended purchase initiatives and promoted supplier diversity.


Executive Production Engineer (1984 – 1987)

Worked on offshore oilrigs as a production engineer.   Was involved with operations and oil well reservoir study and well completions.  Lead a team of six professionals and ten staff members in completions, testing of high-pressure gas wells, and recommending remedial methods for production enhancement.  Worked on high-pressure oil/gas wells in Indonesia as part of an extended training program conducted by Schlumberger. Collaborated with Halliburton on coiled tube cementing processes during work-over operations to stimulate oil wells.


Member – Project Management Institute

Member – Academy of Management

Panel Member – Supply Chain Collaboration, Manufacturing Business Conference, Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University, 2002

Member – Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals