TPG Role:

Dave is a Partner in the Supply Chain Practice at The Partnering Group.  His focus is on Transportation and Distribution Strategies encompassing all aspects of the Supply Chain and a wide range of commodities.

Partner Capabilities and Experience:

Dave brings multiple years of Supply Chain and Transportation expertise to the organization.  He joins TPG from Walmart Stores, Inc where he spent a total of 32 years, the last 14 years as a Senior Vice President.  As a senior executive with experience leading supply chain and transportation, Dave has a record of leveraging innovation, formulating strategies, sound decision-making and a collaborative approach to deliver operational excellence.  Steering supply chain for the largest player in a dynamic industry, Dave developed and led strong teams to consistently deliver operational excellence and return on investment for Walmart.  His expertise spans three key areas:

  • Transportation: Dave managed the transportation of all inbound and outbound freight for Walmart and Sam’s Club including road, rail, parcel, air transportation and the private fleet.  Oversaw a $4.2B annual operating budget.
  • Distribution Operations: Provided operational expertise and leadership for over 60 distribution centers of various types (general merchandise, perishable, apparel, import, e-commerce, pharmacy as well as return centers) and over 45,000 associates.
  • Automation and Innovation: Through emerging technology and a comprehensive understanding of operations, was able to improve efficiencies, expand capacity and better serve the customer.  Experienced in robotics, voice order filling, light recognition and automated pallet building.
  • E-commerce: Beginning with the design of Walmart’s first e-commerce DC, Dave has been engaged in shaping Walmart’s e-commerce strategy and execution while refining best practices to manage the three major cost components:  inbound transportation, order fulfillment and delivery to the customer.

Partner Education:

Dave received his BBA in Transportation/Logistics from Iowa State University in 1985.  He also chaired the logistics arm of the Retail Industry Leaders of America for two years and held a board position on the Arkansas Trucking Association.


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