In 2005, after 6+ years of working as an Operations Consultant with A.T. Kearney, Charles founded Harthan Consulting Group, LLC, now Advanced Operations Partners™. Charles’ knowledge and experience with operational transformation has led to the development of many strong client relationships, and Advanced Operations Partners has become a trusted operations and management consultancy for many companies.
As a Principal in A.T. Kearney’s Operations Practice, Charles led supply chain and operations management initiatives for global and/or Fortune 500 clients in a wide range of industries including consumer products, aerospace & defense, energy, technology & software, and medical devices / healthcare. Prior to consulting, Charles worked in industry for six years at Bausch & Lomb and Ocean Spray in various operations and manufacturing leadership positions.
Charles holds an M.B.A. from Cornell University where he was a Park Leadership Fellow and earned a Dean’s Certificate in Financial Engineering. Additionally, Charles holds a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas. Charles has been a member of The Association for Operations Management (APICS) since 1995 where he has been certified in Supply Chain Management (CSCP) and in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM). Charles has co-authored and published several operations articles.
“For over a year Chuck Harthan has made his keen analytical and project management skills available to us. During a major Sales Force Effectiveness project at (client), he integrated himself with project team members as well as employees at large. Chuck was able to help us better understand key metrics and identify opportunities to improve our business”
“Advanced Operations Partners provided the necessary structure, methods and experience to guide my leadership team through a multi-month strategic planning process, helping us to define and mobilize critical initiatives to fuel global growth and streamline operations.”
“Advanced Operations Partners introduced and implemented processes/tools to provide more visibility and control of EPC (engineering, procurement, construction), which helped ensure timely completion of several $200MM+ wind farm projects.”
“AOP mobilized, launched and implemented a ~$200M restructuring and cost-out program over a two-year period, overseeing all aspects of transformation program and driving critical operational initiatives including complexity reduction, plant/line asset optimization, strategic sourcing, and transportation.”
“Advanced Operations Partners provided us with excellent tools to help optimize our product design and capital budgeting business processes. Chuck is a very knowledgeable professional who learned about our business quickly and worked closely with our working team members, enabling him to help drive our process forward.”
“AOP consultants defined, launched and supported implementation of multi-faceted performance transformation program to deliver higher levels of customer service and delivery. AOP lean consultant mapped out all key product flows and pinpointed opportunities to better measure and track potential bottlenecks.”
“AOP has delivered on several transformative efforts including new operating model and organization design as well as performance analytics and metrics for major capital programs. AOP experts lead my team through significant analysis and change management to reach consensus on future-state structure and processes.”
“AOP has played an important role over the past several years driving and setting up strategic planning / execution processes, implementing a multi-year business process re-engineering and ERP program, and supporting CEO-sponsored efforts such as organizational design and enterprise-wide project management.”
“AOP has played an integral role in developing and executing our strategic plan, and enabled my management team to develop specific capabilities in the areas of procurement and supply chain.”