Michael Washington P.h.D.
Michael A. Washington is currently the President/CEO of Profesa, LLC., an Operational Excellence Consulting firm in Houston, Texas. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct at both Union Institute & University, MBA Program and Loyola University of Chicago Supply Chain undergraduate majors. For over 13 years, Dr. Washington has held numerous positions with Shell Oil Company. His most recent was General Manager of a Catalyst Manufacturing facility, Continuous Improvement Expert, Global Commercial for the Americas, delivering nearly 50 million dollars in optimization improvements over 4 years, and as V.P North American Logistics Operations, Shell Lubricants, with responsibility for over 30 Distribution Centers and blending plant warehouses in the United States and Canada, and staff in the Philippines. This role in North American Supply Chain is responsible for a quarter-billion-dollar operational budget and over 400 staff and managers.
Dr. Washington previously served as the Director of Business Development and Strategic Marketing and Director of Contract Manufacturing for Diversapack, LLC, a certified Minority Business Enterprise manufacturer of flexible films and contract manufactured products. He was also President and CEO of Pedes Inc, a supply chain management company focusing on enabling vendor-managed inventory programs for major food and beverage manufacturing organizations.
His experience prior to these ventures was at Procter and Gamble in various capacities in the Engineering Division for Package Soaps and Detergents, Research and Development (PS&D) and Corporate Purchases (Target HUBs) Department.
He received degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering from Fisk University (Nashville, Tenn.’83)) and Tuskegee Institute (Tuskegee, Ala. ’85), an M.A. in History and Culture (Union Institute and University ’15), and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies concentration, Ethical and Creative Leadership (Union Institute and University ’19). He has expanded his business perspective and skill set by attending executive education programs at Wharton, Dartmouth and Emory Universities.
Married to Davida Smith, a TU Chemical Engineering graduate. His daughter Akili is a TU Chemical Engineering graduate and his son Ajani is currently attending Howard University.