Continuity of Operations
Stanley D. Weinrich, PhD, MBA, CBCP, CPIM retired as Director, Business Continuity Planning, for International Paper at its global headquarters in Memphis, TN. In that role, he led the development of a corporate business continuity strategy and the development of business continuity plans for the company’s global headquarters, for the headquarters of a major subsidiary in Cincinnati, OH, and external recovery capability for a major customer service call center in Poland. The scope of these efforts included organization of an executive steering committee, executive education and strategy development, senior management response strategy development, training for business continuity coordinators within all business and staff groups, business impact analyses (BIAs), BC plan development for critical business functions, threat and risk assessment and risk mitigation, development of alternative recovery sites and response strategies, tabletop exercises, incident command team organization, logistics, pandemic planning, emergency communications and employee notification.
Stan previously held increasingly responsible management positions within International Paper in energy technology and policy development, manufacturing management, quality management and statistical process control, environment, health and safety management and in supply chain systems modeling and optimization. As corporate EHS manager, he led the company’s efforts in the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program, establishing a nation-wide company leadership role, resulting in dramatic improvement in overall company safety performance, which persists to this day. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the VPP Participants’Association, working directly with OSHA leadership to strengthen national industrial safety performance. He testified before Congress in this capacity. Stan also oversaw the company’s emergency response planning and training efforts and initially developed and directed the company’s compliance and auditing programs for the OSHA Process Safety Management standard and the EPA Risk Management Program.
Prior to joining International Paper in 1977, he worked for the Exxon Research and Engineering Company, the DuPont Company, and served as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Stan holds MA and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, and an MBA from Pace University. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from The Cooper Union. He was elected to Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, and to Sigma Xi, the national scientific research honor society. He has made numerous conference presentations and authored publications in the areas of business continuity, supply chain resilience, energy management, safety, and process systems optimization.
Stan has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Christian Brothers University in Chemical Engineering and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Engineering Management program. He is an instructor for the APICS organization in supply chain management. He holds the APICS CPIM and DRI CBCP certifications.
Stan was appointed by the Governor of Tennessee to serve on the West Tennessee Seismic Safety Commission, whose mandate is to initiate, with the assistance of state, federal, and local government agencies, a comprehensive program to prepare the state for responding to a major earthquake. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee for MemphisFirst, a public/private partnership focused on preparing Memphis regional businesses and residents for effective disaster mitigation and response, in close cooperation with public sector organizations. He is a member of national ACP and MSACP, the Mid-South Association of Contingency Planners.
Stan has assisted several companies in developing and implementing corporate strategies for business continuity and for enhancing manufacturing and supply chain resilience. His advocacy is that business continuity planning is not rocket-science, and basic steps can often be taken in a very cost-effective way to enhance an organization’s resilience, both internally and externally.