Giles Taylor – Owner and President
B.S., Engineering, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
MBA, Providence College
Giles started Trans-solutions, Inc. in 1998 after a successful career in corporate logistics. He began his career as an engineer and worked his way through the ranks to Vice President of Operations. Giles brings a well-rounded perspective to his freight management and logistics assignments, having run warehouses, logistics operations, transportation departments, truck fleets, facilities, call centers and customer service centers. He has either operated or consulted in the following freight management services: Truckload, Flatbed, Small Package, Less-Than-Truckload, Dump Trucks, Ocean, Air, HAZMAT, Protective Services, Fleets (large & small truck), Courier, Household Moves, and Drayage.
According to Giles, “Having walked in the client’s shoes, I can be more of an active listener, asking probing questions that get to the heart of a problem. My training as an engineer contributes to that, as well. I’m hard-wired to try and understand all the elements of the process in order to see opportunities.”
Giles’ work spans many segments of business: manufacturing, retail, mail order, wholesale and e-business. Some of the companies for which Giles has done work are: General Dynamics, Canon U.S.A., Hoffman La Roche Pharmaceutical, AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical, Allergan, GlaxoSmithKline, EMI Music, Warner Music Entertainment, West Marine and many third-party logistics providers and consultants.
Giles is sought after as a freight expert and speaks regularly at logistics conferences and seminars. He also holds workshops on negotiating contracts and improving transportation operations. Giles is regarded as an authority on small parcel transportation and network opportunity studies for small parcel distribution.
Roger Lowther – Principal
B.S., Business Administration, University of Oregon
Roger has thirty-five years of experience in logistics and supply chain management. He has an extensive background in all key aspects of global logistics, including freight management, strategic planning, logistics operations, systems integration, business process analysis, financial measurement, customer service and sales & marketing.
Roger began his logistics career with Consolidated Freightways, where he rose to Director of Operations of their air freight division. He has held senior management positions with Novo Air Freight, WTC Air Freight, Document Express, Distribution Concepts International, MSAS Cargo International, Ernst & Young, Professional Logistics Management, USCO Logistics and CleanAir Logix, Inc.
Roger’s broad base of skills includes in-depth experience in helping client companies improve the performance of their global supply chain. The solution of choice is often an integrated logistics network custom tailored to the demand chain needs of the client. Roger has extensive international background, having traveled to and/or worked with clients in over 50 countries.
In his last corporate role as Vice President and General Manager of USCO Logistics Transportation Services division, Roger was a key senior executive in helping USCO deliver the “Integrated logistics solution” to a broad range of clients across a wide variety of industry verticals.
David Bovet, Norbridge – Alliance Partner
MA and MBA in economics, Stanford University
Engineering degree, Webb Institute and George Washington University
Mr. Bovet, a Partner at Norbridge, leads engagements for clients seeking strategic counsel and cost/service improvement in transportation and logistics operations.
He brings 30 years of experience consulting in a range of industries, from consumer goods to high-tech and automotive manufacturing, with projects typically delivering short-term cost savings that fund medium-term business transformation. He also helps craft successful strategies, marketing plans and operational upgrades for logistics providers.
- For a medical device manufacturer delivering from 140 service centers to hospitals, nursing homes and patient residences, assessed service delivery route optimization opportunities. Savings of $4-5 million were identified.
- As part of a legal proceeding, provided analysis and expert witness testimony involving courier services utilized by a leading healthcare logistics company. Our work product was compelling and the client obtained a settlement.
- For a pharmaceutical manufacturer, analyzed transportation by courier, LTL and truckload modes across the US and recommended process and efficiency improvements. This led to an RFP process for temperature-controlled truckload freight.
Mr. Bovet is co-author of Value Nets: Breaking the Supply Chain to Unlock Hidden Profits (Wiley & Sons, 2000), focused on a new class of logistics-intensive business designs. David also speaks widely at logistics conferences and writes about operations in Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal Europe, Supply Chain Management Review, and Inside Supply Management.
Prior to joining Norbridge, Mr. Bovet was a Managing Director of Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman), where he co-led the supply chain team. He is a dual US and Swiss national.