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KS Lee has been a Senior Partner of Aligned Growth Partners since 2018. He provides management consultancy services on behalf of the company, focusing on Strategic Management and Digital Transformation, as well as Strategic Procurement and end-to-end Supply Chain Management.
KS started his career at Motorola, Inc. in 1980, joining the company as an electrical engineer where he helped develop Two Way Telecommunications products. He has spent nearly 33 years of his career at Motorola, Inc. working in multiple global locations with increasing responsibilities, including Electrical Test System Engineering, Manufacturing Materials Planning, Manufacturing Operations, Materials Sourcing and Supply Chain Management. He progressed from being an engineer to being placed in charge of running a factory in Tianjin, China that manufactured pagers and ultimately became the Vice President of Global Procurement, where he was responsible for global management of strategic commodities worldwide across multiple divisions in Motorola, Inc.
As the General Manager of Motorola Tianjin Paging Operations from 1995-1999, KS oversaw the operations, supply chain, human resource, finance, technology and engineering functions of the factory. He grew the workforce at the factory from 300 to 3000 people and increased the factory’s output from US$30 million to US$1 billion.
From 2000-2015, KS was the Vice President of Global Procurement for Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical parts, Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) and Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) for the Mobile, Home Networking, Cellular Infrastructure and Two-way Radio divisions of Motorola, Inc. Some of the products he procured components for include mobile phones, networking, cellular infrastructure and Two Way Radio communication products. As Vice President of Global Procurement, KS was accountable for the supplier base selection and strategic management of Motorola, Inc.’s suppliers (including Foxconn and Flextronics), ensuring that the company procured components that exceeded quality expectations for their products, at the lowest total cost of ownership and at world class cycle times. He was accountable of a global commodity spend of over US$1 billion and managed a global team located in US, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea. His team was responsible for commodity strategy, supplier relationship management, supply assurance, technology and supplier development, global ramp of new products at multiple global sites and component quality. To execute the global procurement strategy, his team partnered with all the various global research and development centers, global operations , global material teams and the global product quality teams to deliver world class products to Motorola, Inc.’s international customers and exceeded customer expectations in terms of quality, delivery and costs.
After leaving Motorola, Inc., KS started his own business consulting company in 2015 where he provided Strategic Management Consulting and Digital Transformation consultancy for companies like Banshing Group, a manufacturer of precision plastic tooling and injection molding and product assembly, with facilities in Singapore, Penang, Johor and Shanghai.
KS has also been selected as a Commercial Champion for the National University of Singapore Graduate Research Innovation Programme (NUS-GRIP) since 2018 and has successfully provided mentorship to three deep technology start-up teams.KS graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Malaya and also holds a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from the National University of SingaporeS Lee is a Senior Partner of Aligned Growth Partners located in Singapore. A well-respected Procurement and Supply Chain Management leader in the electronics industry in Asia Pacific region, KS brings decades of public listed multi-national corporation experience to the firm.
KS was the Vice President of Global Procurement for Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical parts, Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) and Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) for Mobile, Home, Infra-structure and Two-way Radio divisions of Motorola. Initially joining Motorola as an electrical engineer in Research & Development, KS progressed his career within Motorola in multiple global locations with increasing responsibilities, from Electrical Test System Engineering, Manufacturing Materials Planning, Manufacturing Operations, Materials Sourcing and Supply Chain Management.
As well, KS has extensive experience in supplier strategy development and suppliers base management, building systems for global negotiation leveraging on consolidated spending and was successful in exceed industrial benchmark in annual price takedown, creating significant value for Motorola business.
KS graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from Universiti Malaya and holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the National University of Singapore. Throughout his career, he has attended numerous courses and seminars enhancing his role as a leader in the field of Supply Chain Management.
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