Ron is executive vice president and chief supply chain officer.
Ron is responsible for driving operations across Fortune Brands, including strategic sourcing, manufacturing efficiency and capacity, along with distribution, planning and logistics to help unlock the full potential of the Fortune Brands Advantage across the company. Ron joined Water Innovations (formerly the Global Plumbing Group) in November 2019 as senior vice president of global operations. In that role, Ron was responsible for all aspects of operations within Water Innovations, including manufacturing, distribution, sourcing and supply chain planning. He executed continuous improvement programs and led working capital improvements in the areas of inventory and payables, while supporting the growth of the company through capacity and footprint strategies.
Prior to joining the company, Ron spent over 30 years at General Electric in both commercial and operations roles. His last role at GE was as vice president of Operations for the Industrial Solutions business, which was divested to ABB in 2018, and where Ron led the operations integration to drive synergies and long-term footprint strategy. Ron’s other experience at GE includes VP of operations for the GE Lighting business, where he led through the transition to LED products by focusing on global footprint rationalization, M&A and aggressive cost out. He also spent time as Chief Procurement Officer for GE Corporate, overseeing over $40B of direct material purchases.
Ron received his MBA from Capital University in Columbus Ohio, and also holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.