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Jan M. Pflugfelder

6055 Russell Dr. Hoffman Estates, XXXXXX xxxxxx xxx-xxx-xxxx


  • Driven and technologically advanced Chief Executive Officer with a comprehensive understanding of essential functions relative to the manufacturing industry, including engineering and design
  • Extensive international background with a proven track record of exceeding company growth and bottom line objectives during both good and challenging economic environment
  • Skxxxxxxled in managing Engineering, Human Resources and Finance across different manufacturing subsidiaries in the NAFTA region
  • Adept as it relates to cross-functional teamwork and management; comfortable working with individuals and groups across all organizational levels
  • Motivating leader, experienced using proven coaching methods to inspire others to succeed
  • Fluent in English and German; speaks Spanish natively
  • Strengths include strategic planning and analysis, international business, cultural competency, technology, sales, change management, negotiation, mergers, turnarounds, P&L and account management
  • Seeking an CEO role with an international leader in the manufacturing industry


Selected Highlights


  • Set forth an effective new hands on culture at all levels that simplified operational processes, as well as reduced personnel cost by more than $1.5M USD for domestic operations (Komet)
  • Revitalized KOMET Canada into a remarkably profitable and swiftly expanding subsidiary (Komet)
  • Serve as the Director Global Key Account Management for the KOMET Group in addition to current duties as of January 2015 (Komet)
  • Introduced a new ERP software and Quality System (ISO 9000 certification) for Komet de Mexico
  • Boosted sales from $3.9M USD to almost $10M with a positive EBT (Mecanor)
  • Sustained positive relationships and won back former important global clients including Parker Hanifin, Autoliv, FCI, FTE, Valeo, Bosch, Tryco, Federal Mogul and Eco (Mecanor)
  • Restructured departments to fuel efficacy, cut costs and drive operations using less personnel (Mecanor)
  • Completed various highly successful Six Sigma projects whxxxxxxe working for GE Power Systems
  • Worked during summer vacations from school at FESTO in locales across the world; focused on the areas of quality control, marketing, manufacturing, control systems and sales excellence


Professional Synopsis


KOMET of America Holding | President and CEO (2012-Present)

  • Direct daxxxxxxy functions for a tool manufacturer in the metal mechanic Industry including one manufacturing plant in Chicago that designs and produces round (indexable, PCD and Carbide) tools
  • Also manage a plant in Queretaro, Mexico that specializes in PCD and Solid Carbide round tools and a location in Canada; all three generate sales of over $55M USD and employs a driven team of 230
  • Stabxxxxxxize levels of personnel turnover through the use of an effective distribution policy that improves upon damaged relationships with channel partners
  • Crafted and currently utxxxxxxize a new and improved direct sales structure; also introduced a tool refurbishment service, Komet Service, in the United States and Canada with over 10 partners
  • Deliver comprehensive support to Mexican and Canadian subsidiaries to promote and improve upon levels of communication among the three subsidiaries to fuel stable growth with international customers
  • Implemented and utxxxxxxize SAP across all three subsidiaries; done on schedule without any disruption
  • Guarantee production quality through careful elimination of manual machine usage and moved to using CNC equipment; increased delivery reliabxxxxxxity and reduced trough put time by using Lean manufacturing


KOMET de Mexico | Managing Director (2009-2012)

  • Expanded the Mexican plant by leaps and bounds to allow for significant growth and profit
    • Added vital equipment and expertise needed to manufacture complex Polly Crystalline Diamond (PCD) tools
    • Fruitfully led KOMET Mexico to be the first tool company in the country to offer this service locally

Jan M. Pflugfelder

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KOMET de Mexico | Managing Director (Continued)

  • Acted in a tool manufacturer capacity within the metal mechanic industry; managed local production of special solid carbide round tools
  • Grew the company from $1.8M to $9.5M USD in conjunction with a dynamic team of 72 employees; brought the company to profit for the first time in 10 years
  • Lucratively merged and integrated the Afxxxxxxatec solid carbide round tool regrinding company into KOMET and completely rebranded the company image in the process
  • Played a pivotal role as a member of the Manufacturing Association (AMDM) and participant on the board for the Expomaq tradeshow


Mecanor Tapsa (A Subsidiary of the Spain Mecanor Group) | Commercial Director (2003-2009)

  • Ran operations for an aluminum and zinc die casting provider, primarxxxxxxy within the automotive sector
  • Commenced working relationship with the company as a Key Account Manager for Robert Bosch and earned the Director role after 18 months
  • Mentored and coached a staff of 18 in completion of sales, purchasing, accounting, finance and logistics
  • Led direct communication efforts with the workers union; encouraged a collaborative working relationship
  • Presented sales results firsthand to shareholders to demonstrate growth and continued progression
  • Acquired a series of new customers including Siemens VDO, TESA, BOS Automotive, Bosch Juarez Automotive, Rochester, Mercury Marine and Continental
  • Controlled various Human Resources duties including determination of annual fiscal benefits
  • Set forth annual cost reduction programs and always met or exceeded expectations


Additional Experience


  • Junior Sales Engineer, Honsel International Technologies, 2001-2003
  • Co-Op Project, General Electric Power Systems, 2000-2001
  • Consultant, Centro de Calidad ITESM, 1999
  • Quality Control, Autotemplex, 1999
  • Also worked in various departments with Tecnicos en la Alta Produccion seasonally from 1996-1996




MBE with Marketing Minor, Universidad Anahuac

BE in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Instituto Tecnol gico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey


Professional Development


Dealing with Difficult People | Instituto de Desarrollo Empresarial Anahuac

Yearly Automotive Symposium (CIIAM) | Harvard Negotiation Project | Solid Drxxxxxxling | Rough and Fine Boring Precision Reaming | Thread Taping | PPAP ASCA | APQP ASCA | Introduction to ISTO TS 16949 ASCA Engineering Die Casting Dies | INFODE Effective Management (96 Hours) | Financial ABC, ITESM

Aktive Kundenorientierung Hettl Consult |Erfolgsstrategien f r Preis und Abschlussgespr che TAW

Introduction to Programmable Logic Controls (PLC) | Introduction to Pneumatics I and II, Festo Didactic NY


Current Affxxxxxxiations


US Cutting Tools Institute (USCTI) |Industrial Supply Association (ISA)

German Chamber of Commerce Midwest (GACC Midwest) | Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)

Asociaci n Mexicana de Distribuidores de Maquinaria (AMDM)


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