Charles excels at forging meaningful, fruitful, lasting relationships with technology partners and customers. He oversees all executive responsibilities for Factora, bringing close to 25 years of managerial and entrepreneurial counsel to his role. Charles’ leadership has helped manufacturers around the globe cut costs and become more efficient in virtually every industry. Charles has lead the delivery of Manufacturing Execution Systems for a vast range of applications, notably heavy industry, pulp and paper, consumer packaged goods, and food & beverage.
Paul is responsible for finance and corporate accounting. He joined Factora in April 2016 after 18 years with a major global bank. Holding the CPA-CA, he has extensive experience in management and financial analysis and financing of international trade. Its role is to oversee the administrative team and advising management on all financial aspects.
Barry’s 25 years of helping manufacturers implement operational excellence strategies spans hands-on shop floor experience to selling MES systems to building enterprise-level customer success programs. At Factora, he partners with brand owners and contract producers to help them achieve their potential on the road to World Class Manufacturing.
Previous to Factora, Barry was with GE Digital for 15 years. During his time with GE, he was known for leveraging his deep manufacturing and product knowledge to make every customer meeting he attended a great experience. Most recently, he was asked to help establish and validate a new Customer Success Program – designed to drive the attainment of outcomes for strategic customers – for GE Digital’s Predix platform.
Brent is Factora’s primary Solution Architect and works with the Professional Services team on new industries, technologies and concepts. He keeps abreast of advances in technologies such as UX, AR, VR, Analytics and Cloud, with the aim of improving manufacturing efficiencies and competitiveness. Brent is widely respected for his extensive MES knowledge, and deep experience in what Smart Manufacturing can bring to a manufacturing organization. His career has taken him through an incredibly diverse array of industries – from the jungles of Indonesia to the boardrooms of North America and just about everywhere in between.
Brigitte is a certified human resources professional with 20 years of experience in professional services. She has a Bachelor’s degree in French Literature as well as a teacher’s certificate. She is an ongoing student of the field of human resources, with many courses to her credit. A community-minded professional, Brigitte has served as president of the most influential environmental group in Quebec, Equiterre.
Raj is an accomplished IT leader with global experience in diverse industries, including consumer packaged goods, oil and gas, chemicals, polymer, industrial products, aerospace, electronics, metals and mining.
Raj has successfully led operational IT and full life-cycle IT projects and programs including development of vision, strategy and roadmaps. With a deep techno-functional knowledge of manufacturing, supply chain, business, engineering, automation and marketing functions, he has also helped organizations improve business processes and introduce change management and governance processes. Prior to joining Factora, his career spanned First Quality, IBM, Sunoco and Lockheed Martin.
As V.P. Professional Services, Raj leads teams of consultants, analysts, developers and project managers to provide full life-cycle services to Factora clients.
Lester Cooper spent over 30 years with two Fortune 500 manufacturing companies, culminating in his role as Director of International Business Development for GE Intelligent Platforms from 2004-2010. He is an acknowledged expert in Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), international business development, and ERP. He has many years of line management experience in the automotive industry, with a track record of successfully managing, educating and motivating employees in organizations both large and small. Lester is the past president of his local Chamber of Commerce, the current president of the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Foundation, and a member of the Factora Board of Directors.