Turning employees into drivers for change.

Dr. Ferdinand R. Pranckh

I am an interim executive with extensive change management expertise and worldwide operations experience. I work as Vice President, at General Management level or as COO / Chief Operations Officer and Plant Manager.

My clients come from the medium-sized, internationally positioned B2B manufacturing industry; plastics processing, converting, metal processing, and automation.

Clear decisions, consistent execution, and motivating and engaging employees are the base of my approach. Implementing global expansions for lasting impact, considering the opportunities and risks, are a specific focus. In addition to my mandates as an interim executive, I take on supervisory board, advisory board and board mandates.

I provide the following:

Increasing Profitability

Managing crisis and turnarounds
  • Leading Team
  • Analyzing the enterprise-wide situation
  • Developing and executing improvement programs
    • Productivity
    • Product portfolio
    • Key account management
    • Working capital

Improving Productivity

Operational Excellence
  • Operations Management: Determining the Current State, defining the Future State and added optimization
  • Defining and executing improvement projects to reach in steps the future state, also in a global plant setting
    • Cost Reduction
    • Lean Sigma and automatization
    • Lead Time / Inventory
    • Purchasing Conditions


of multi-site Operations
  • Balance strategy and goals with operational capability
  • Initiate growths
  • Reduce costs
  • Make-or-Buy
  • Off-shore, re-shore, near-shore

I am an Austrian citizen, European, and cosmopolitan – working for my clients locally, regionally, nationally, and worldwide.

I am an Austrian citizen, European, and cosmopolitan – working for my clients locally, regionally, nationally, and worldwide.

Highlights of earlier roles

As Managing Director Operations / COO

Extending a global manufacturing footprint, expanding plants, and strengthening local teams

as Vice President / General Manager:

Successfully closing a significant customer contract. Reaching cost reduction targets and increasing EBITDA by 29% within two years

as Chief Operating Officer:

Increased productivity by 30%, reduced working capital by 20%, and doubled EBITDA

as Vice President / General Manager:

Merging of five divisions into a $600M business, reaching the sales targets, and exceeding net-income by 25%.

as Vice President / General Manager:

Accelerating the growth and profitability of a $120 mio division. Gross profit from 16% to 31%, CAGR over 10%.

Named “GM of the Year” in a US Fortune company.


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