Griffith has been responsible for volume management of Ericsson's products in North and South America for the past two years, and he has more than 15 years in mechanical design positions at Ericsson, Comdial Inc. and Northern Telecom.
The relatively short life cycle of communications products puts pressure on the manufacturing chain to produce enough of a product at the critical time. Griffith's responsibilities include:
- Developing strategic alliances with Ericsson's supply base.
- Developing local supply lines to all manufacturing facilities.
- Creating adequate capacity volume to meet demand when a new product is launched.
- End-of-life planning for product lines.
Griffith joined Ericsson in 1994 and before his current position was team leader for several design groups, development manager for mechanical tooling and development manager for design.
Griffith is based in Ericsson's Raleigh-Durham (N.C.) Research Triangle office, which is responsible for design and manufacturing of all Ericsson products sold in North and South America. All Ericsson products sold in the Americas are designed and manufactured in the region.
The Virginia native has a degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va., and is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has two children.
Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson is a leading communications supplier, providing total solutions covering everything from systems and applications to mobile phones and other communication tools. The Swedish company has more than 100,000 employees in 140 countries.
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