Operational Transformation — The Google Way

  • Shifting to a culture where people believe they can test innovative ideas and fail
  • Scaling creativity: Building teams that behave with the entrepreneurial spirit and curiosity of a start-up
  • Creating a space for people to foster their ideas while keeping risk low and managing the engine that drives the organization

Operational Transformation: The Google Way

How does a huge, mature company retain the innovative culture and drive of a startup? Daniel Kaulfus, global head of logistics and operations, describes “The Google Way.”

During the 2018 edition of the North American Supply Chain Executive Summit, Executive Platforms was proud to partner with SupplyChainBrain to conduct a number of onsite interviews between our speaker faculty and SupplyChainBrain’s Managing Editor Robert Bowman.

Daniel Kaulfus
Global Head of Logistics & Operations
Google

Daniel Kaulfus is the Global Head of Logistics and Operations at Alphabet (aka Google), a $90B American multinational technology company that specializes in internet-related services and products. These include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, software, and hardware. It is the most visited website in the the world and has extended it presence into multiple other industries including mobile phones, home automation, self driving cars, global wi-fi access and biotechnology. In his current role he is responsible for Alphabet global operations, transportation, trade compliance and warehousing across 40 international sites. Prior to joining Google, Daniel was the Head of Worldwide Procurement at Amazon.com responsible for over $5B of goods and services spend.

Daniel has over 25 years of global supply chain and operations management experience with First Solar, Applied Materials, Lutron Electronics and Proctor & Gamble working extensively in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He has a successful track record building global teams, developing strong supply chain networks and negotiating major global contracts. Prior to entering industry, Daniel worked with Deloitte Consulting Group and received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Robert Bowman
Managing Editor
SupplyChainBrain

Robert Bowman is a veteran editor, reporter and writer covering supply-chain management, international trade, economics, finance, regulation, compliance, technology, logistics, professional education, the environment, human rights, and labor management. Bob writes and edits theme-based articles, in-depth case studies, and a weekly blog. I’ve served as interviewer in thousands of videos, hosted numerous webinars, and produce and host a weekly podcast. Bob is also a published novelist. Prior to SupplyChainBrain, Bob has also contributed to the Journal of Commerce, World Trade, Distribution, Shipping and Trade News (Tokyo), Traffic World, Buyside, Cargovision, Warehousing Management, Pacific Shipper, Lloyd’s List and Lloyd’s Maritime Asia.

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