APICS The Association for Operations Management
Board of Directors Member Bio
Advancing Productivity, Innovation, and Competitive Success

Rick Merritt

Rick Merritt, CFPIM, CSCP, C.P.M., CSSBB, has more than forty years of operations and materials management experience in the public and private sectors. He recently retired as a senior manager with Applied Materials. He also headed teams at major corporations including Hexcel and JDS Uniphase responsible for the acquisition of more than $400MM annually in both direct and indirect materials with a focus on waste reduction. He's project managed and piloted programs in outsourcing, supplier consigned inventories, strategic contracting, Continuous Process Improvement and lead time reduction.

Rick is a member of the Board of Directors and currently serves as Director at Large for the APICS-Santa Clara Valley Chapter. A certified APICS Master Instructor, Rick teaches courses for the CPIM certification and helped develop the first CSCP classes in Northern California. He is recognized as a CSCP Subject Matter Expert (SME) by APICS.

Rick completed his undergraduate studies at San Jose State University receiving a B.A in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration. He earned his M.S. in Procurement and Contract Management from Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga. He has been a guest lecturer for several organizations including Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Institute of Managerial Accountants (IMA) and Arizona State University, Institute for Managerial Accounting among others.

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