Robert G. Freid

Mr. Robert G. Freid

Contract Manufacturing Consultants, Inc.
8201 164th Ave. NE, Suite 258
Redmond , WA 98052
Office: 425-629-6288
Fax: 425-629-6287

Introduction

Mr. Freid consults and testifies on production, procurement and other key issues related to contract electronics manufacturing. He evaluates suppliers for printed circuit board assembly (SMT), mechanical sub-assemblies and complete end-products. He facilitates negotiation of multi-year contracts and creation of production ramp plans. He has audited over 150 global electronic manufacturing services (EMS) sites plus hundreds of sub-tier suppliers (e.g. cables, metal, plastic parts). His work typically includes study of assembly and test specifications, demand forecasts, contractor quality control and materials management practices, supplier financial statement and other risk analysis. Work often includes advanced cost and supply chain analytics.

Mr. Freid is well experienced in expert testimony, argument research, document review and analysis, rebuttal and report preparation, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring. Examples of expert witness projects:

• $30 million favorable result in a lawsuit by an EMS company against a customer alleging customer defective product design and resultant excess inventory, excess manufacturing costs, loss of revenue and profits.

• $325 million class action against a major EMS company by an investor group alleging management's manipulation of inventory, earnings, operating expenses, revenues and restructuring costs.

Mr. Freid is president of Contract Manufacturing Consultants, Inc. a firm he founded in 1999. Previously he was a sales and programs director with Solectron Corporation, at the time the world's largest EMS company. Other experience includes work as a general management consultant with McKinsey & Company.

B.S., Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, U.C., Berkeley; MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business.

“The Top 100 People Influencing EMS” (Circuitnet 2013)


Areas of Expertise

  • Business
  • Contract Manufacturing
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Fraud Investigation
  • Import/Export
  • International Business
  • Logistics/Freight Forwarding
  • Materials Engineering
  • Supply Chain

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Degrees:
University of California, Berkeley
B.S., Industrial Engineering & Operations Research (1974)
Coursework included optimizing plant and workplace layouts, production and materials planning, forecasting and inventory control, yield analysis and process control, improving operations productivity and on-time delivery, capital investment economics and risk-based decision models. A.J. Naylor Award.

Stanford Graduate School of Business
Master of Business Administration (1976)
Coursework included executive leadership, managerial finance and accounting, global corporate business strategy, organizational structures and compensation plans, product/market strategies, manufacturing operations management, financial statements analysis, securities valuation and risk models.

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Memberships:
• SMTA - Surface Mount Technology Association
• Electronics Manufacturers Association
• IPC Association Connecting Electronic Industries - sets quality inspection standards for printed circuit board and electronic assemblies design and manufacture. Conducts quality certification classes for inspectors and site trainers, and EMS program management training classes.
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Teaching:
• Panel member of Circuit.net newsletter forum “Ask the Experts” on questions regarding quality control in PCBA manufacturing.
• Advisory board member to the Supply Chain, Transportation & Logistics master’s degree program at the University of Washington.

Speaking (examples):
• "Contract Planning Risks", ISM-WW Conference, Seattle, WA, Mar. 2012
• "Avoiding EMS Selection Pitfalls", Del Mar Electronics Fair, San Diego, CA, Nov. 2010
• "Outsourcing Pros & Cons", University of Washington Global Business Forum, Apr. 2006
• "Who Shoulders the Burden of Excess Inventory?", Webcast, Electronics Business, Oct. 2003

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: 2 as testifying expert witness; 5 as pre-litigate consultant
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Engaged to provide expert analysis and testimony regarding range of common practices in the global electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry.
• $30 million lawsuit filed in a US State Circuit Court by a former EMS supplier against its communications equipment company customer. Alleged defective product design, poor product forecasts, excessive product changes which resulted in excess parts inventory, poor quality, added manufacturing costs, loss of sales and profits. Work included forensic review of 10,000 pages of depositions and exhibits.
• $300 million consolidated class action lawsuit filed in US District Court by investor groups against a major publically-traded EMS company. Complaint alleged manipulation of inventory, earnings, operating expenses, revenues, and understating the cost of an announced restructuring. Assistance as EMS industry expert, extensive expert report created, full day of video deposition testimony given in pre-trial discovery.

Project examples as pre-litigate consultant:
• $13.6 million damages dispute between a major networking equipment company and EMS supplier related to the networking equipment company's sudden product forecast reduction and resultant excess parts inventory.
• $3.7 million damages dispute between a semiconductor capital equipment company and its EMS and component parts suppliers related to sudden cancellation of purchase orders and resultant excess parts inventory.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $275-$325/hr. depending upon project specifics
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $400/hr. preparing for and providing deposition or trial testimony
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: $200/hr. travel plus travel expenses at actual cost

References

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