Mike Rager has more than 30 years experience and has held leadership positions in supply chain and operations management in the aerospace, defense and commercial industries at such companies as United Technologies, Raytheon, Invensys, Electrolux, Diebold Inc. and Tyco International.
Mike has proven success at implementing programs and processes to increase value in the supply chain. He has expertise in Lean/Six Sigma methodologies. His contributions include strategic sourcing and the associative cost savings, analyzing corporate and business segment spend and implementing programs to enhance supplier performance.
He’s passionate about managing and nurturing procurement talent.
Mike is a U.S. Navy veteran. He holds an Executive Master’s degree with a concentration in finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Science in industrial technology and Bachelor of Science degree in business from Central Connecticut State University.
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