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I work as an interim executive manager on project assignments, as well as give individual consultations. I provide expertise in the following business and technical areas:

Scaling SMEs and Tech Start-ups.

  • Developing a comprehensive business strategy, including financial planning and defining the company’s unique selling proposition (USP).
  • Successful track record in investor relationships with pre-seed to series-A capital raising.
  • Deep understanding of target audience dynamics and preferences, tailoring strategies and offerings accordingly.
  • Deriving actionable insights from data to drive proactive decision-making and establish a culture of action-taking among employees.
  • Developing playbooks and launching international market expansion.

Optimizing Operational Excellence.

  • Lean Six Sigma (DMAIC) methodology: Applying the Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, and Control framework to drive process improvements and eliminate inefficiencies.
  • Kaizen approach: Implementing the Act, Plan, Do, Check cycle to continuously improve operations and enhance overall performance.
  • Design for Six Sigma (DMADV) methodology: Utilizing the Define, Measure, Analyse, Design, and Verify process to create and validate new processes that meet customer requirements and minimize defects.
  • Value stream management (VSM): Streamlining current processes, eliminating waste, and implementing improvements to optimize the value delivered to customers.
  • Embracing lean principles: Defining value, mapping value streams, creating flow, establishing pull systems, and striving for perfection to achieve operational excellence.

Improving Supply Chain Management & Logistics.

  • Comprehensive understanding of logistics stages, advantages, and risks.
  • Proficiency in technology systems for on-time and complete fulfillment.
  • Expertise in multimodal transportation sourcing and procurement.
  • Knowledge of omnichannel retailing in logistics.
  • Familiarity with Blockchain applications in logistics and supply chain.

Training Leadership Skills.

  • Understanding intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, differentiating between management and leadership.
  • Effective decision management under risk and pressure, balancing self-interest and organizational needs, utilizing persuasion techniques.
  • Skillful stakeholder management and adherence to ethical principles.
  • Leveraging competition and rewards as tools for effective leadership.
  • Applying Kotter’s 8 steps to drive cultural change and incorporate change into the organization’s DNA.

Very truly yours, 
ILona B. Schukina

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