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Gary Lynch

CEO, Founder, Management Consultant, Author at The Risk Project, LLC

Mendham, NJ, United States

CEO and Founder of The Risk Project, LLC, an risk analytics based advisory firm, focused on helping senior business executives leverage uncertainty for competitive advantage. Formerly, Managing Director and Global Leader of Marsh’s supply chain risk practice. Spearheaded the development of new supply chain insurance coverage as well as a profitability-driven supply chain risk analysis. Served as a Partner for Booz Allen & Hamilton; Research Director and Market Analyst for Gartner Group’s Information Security Service; Chief Information Security Officer at Chase Manhattan Bank; and Executive Director of the Office of Operational Risk, Business Continuity and Information Security at The Prudential.

Founding member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness and Senior Research Fellow at the R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Authored three risk management books and named as 2017 “Thought Leader of the Year” by the Global Supply Chain Resiliency Council.

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Mendham, NJ to most global locations

Gary Lynch Points
Academic 0
Author 184
Influencer 34
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 0
Total 218

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Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Risk, Supply Chain & Technology
Theatre: North America
Minimum Project Size: N/A
Average Hourly Rate: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Company Founded Date: Undisclosed
Media Experience: 20 years
Last Media Training: 08/18/2015
Last Media Interview: 07/06/2018

Areas of Expertise

Business Strategy 32.35
Digital Disruption 30.05
Digital Transformation
Emerging Technology
Leadership 30.97
Management 36.19
Procurement 32.74
Risk Management 44.45
Supply Chain 34.46
HR 30.04
COVID19 30.48
Business Continuity 30.20

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Consumer Products
Financial Services & Banking
High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research
Industrial Machinery & Components
Professional Services


4 Article/Blogs
Keeping Shipping Afloat
Spof Blog
August 11, 2020
250,000 seafarers are stuck at sea at increasing risk of physical and mental exhaustion. The numbers are staggering and growing. Here’s a brief rundown of the exposure

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Tags: Supply Chain, Risk Management

COVID-19 HR/Workplace Regulations to consider.
March 04, 2020
In an effort to help one another navigate through volatile times, I thought I'd share the following list of workplace regulatory considerations. No need for an e-mail address or firstborn. The list should be part of a comprehensive pandemic/epidemic planning process that consists of economic, social, health, and jurisdiction activities.

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Tags: HR, COVID19

Shifting Supply Chains: Are today's​ risk strategies and programs up for the challenge?
June 26, 2018
Supply chains will shift, will the organizations risk programs and strategies keep pace?

Facing the prospect of a 31% EU tariff, Harley-Davidson must choose between a $2000 per unit or bike increase or dramatically reduce production costs. Of course, Harley-Davidson is not alone. The food, drug, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, automotive, mineral and mining, and energy industries all face a similar challenge. The profitability implications of the global trade wars are being driven by a variety of geopolitical actions such as tariffs, taxes, banning products, social media propaganda that aim to shift sentiment, and contractual and permitting obstacles (delays). All these actions impact the supply chain, forcing leaders to seek reliefin their supply chains. For Harley-Davidson, it could result in a shift in manufacturing operations from the U.S. to the EU.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Supply Chain, Management, Business Continuity

Time to rethink risk in the supply chain?
June 23, 2018
Beer, CO2, chicken, fuselage, pallet, whiskey, and drug shortages are keeping Executives up at night!

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Tags: Supply Chain, Risk Management

3 Books
Uncertainty Advantage: Leadership Lessons for Turning Risk Outside-In
January 12, 2017
Turning Uncertainty Into Growth, Innovation and Value. A thought provoking book on how leaders transform uncertainty into a clear and distinct market advantage. Learn about this uncertainty transformation and how leaders create new products and revenue streams, improve margins through more efficient allocation of risk investments, and provide distinct market advantage via greater speed to market. Enabled by a market driven mindset and made possible with deep uncertainty insight, capabilities and competencies, this book begins the journey into unleashing value through investment in risk and uncertainty. "Uncertainty Advantage: Leadership Lessons for Turning Risk Outside-In" chronicles the decade long journey of leaders who have been able to transform risk into market advantage. The book provides:
Case studies on companies such as John Hyundai, Starbucks, Trumpf, Roche, and Intel
Five "Uncertainty Advantage" principles
A decade of application research and interaction with dozens of companies and growth leaders who prove that pursuing a market driven strategy to navigating uncertainty will gain measurable market advantage.

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Tags: Leadership, Management, Supply Chain

Single Point of Failure: The Ten Essential Laws of Supply Chain Risk Management
October 13, 2009
Over the past decade organizations have faced relentless customer demand for better value at less cost, individual customization, greater choice, faster delivery, higher quality, exceptional service, and more recently – increased environmental and social consciousness. The organization’s weapon of choice to address this increasing demand has been the supply chain. However, as the supply chain footprint changed (e.g. outsourcing, off-shoring and customer/vendor empowerment) so did the organization’s exposure to uncertainty. Organizations were taken by surprise since this exposure was unanticipated, complex and beyond their ability to manage. As customers become more demanding and change occurs at an even greater pace, supply chain risk continues to propagate like a parasite. Organizations and societies are at much greater risk of systemic failure because of the massive interdependency throughout global supply chains. The priority now is two-fold; play catch-up and address these massive gaps while deploying more intelligent and integrated strategies (i.e. social aware, instinctive, dynamic and predictive) for dealing with continuous change.
Single Point of Failure: The 10 Essential Laws of Supply Chain Risk Management uses analogies and dozens of case histories to describe the risk parasite that infects all supply chains while revealing methods to neutralize that parasite. The book addresses the questions: What are the "single points of failure"? How exposed are customers, investors, other stakeholders and ultimately the organization? What is the measurable impact (i.e. brand, financial, strategic, and non-compliance)? Who establishes the "risk paradigm"? How does the organization efficiently and effectively allocate precious resources - time, people, management attention, and capital? How is success measured? This book is both technically powerful and effectively realistic, based on today's complex global economy.

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Tags: Supply Chain, Procurement, Risk Management

At Your Own Risk: How the Risk-Conscious Culture Meets the Challenge of Business Change
May 31, 2008
Based on over thirty years of experience, recognized industry leader Gary Lynch reveals in this essential guide a game plan to identify and manage a range of risks faced in this brave new globalized world of changing market dynamics and complex high-tech value networks. This groundbreaking book articulates an experienced-based and spot-on assessment of risk management realities that all corporations should make core to their corporate cultures.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Management, Risk Management

Thinkers360 Credentials

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Supply Chain and Digital Risk Taking, Strategy Advisor, Author, Educator

Location: Based in New York Area    Date Available: February 10th, 2020     Fees: Negotiable/Value Based

Submission Date: February 10th, 2020     Service Type: Service Offered

We analyze and measure disruption risk and its impact on customer expectations, profitability, product security, and 3rd party relationships. The context of our work includes the entire value or product life cycle and all related supply chain activities.
We design and leverage proprietary tools and frameworks to measure, prioritize and visualize risk activities such as the allocation of risk investments, the impact of risk to performance trade-offs, “what if” volatility scenarios, and the capability to detect, respond, and adapt to disruptive events.
We provide market, customer and industry risk advisory services for solution providers.

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