Santa Monica Seafood amps up procurement strategy with executive hire

Published on
May 23, 2017

As part of its strategy to expand and grow its procurement department in 2017, Santa Monica Seafood has appointed Dave Harrison as its new vice president of procurement. 

In his new role, Harrison will spearhead employee development and training programs; lead supplier management efforts; conduct strategic purchasing; oversee supplier negotiations and contracting; assist in the development of supply management systems, procedures and analytics; and guide inventory management and control. 

With a bachelor's degree from Albion College in Michigan and an MBA in Finance from Michigan State University, Harrison has held high-ranking positions in the financial realm, including vice president of global strategic sourcing, with a number of multi-billion dollar corporations. What’s more, he has achieved cost reductions totaling in the hundreds of millions of dollars through the navigation of various procurement efficiencies, lean inventory amd distribution and supply negotiations.

Harrison is also well-known to the Santa Monica team, according to Santa Monica Seafood CEO Roger O’Brien.

“Dave is no stranger to Santa Monica Seafood,” O’Brien said. “He has most recently been a consultant with Alexander Proudfoot, a global consulting firm focused on efficiency and productivity improvements. Alexander Proudfoot has been working with Santa Monica Seafood as part of our Good-to-Great improvement program. Dave Harrison has been a member of the Alexander Proudfoot team and has been the consultant overseeing our procurement group for the past five months. As a result, Dave already has a decent feel for our company, our people, our suppliers and our opportunities. Dave has been actively mentoring all of us from Good-to-Great for most of this year; we want him to continue this effort for years to come.”

Harrison, who is an avid golfer, hunter, traveler, fisherman and a concert violinist, will relocate to California from Illinois for the role.

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