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Karl Zimmer

Karl Zimmer has been Vice President of Supply Chain, North America, for General Cable Corporation since September 2007. He leads the NA Supply Chain team in planning and scheduling, customer service, inventory management, logistics, customer integration, and forecasting for businesses with combined revenues of over $2 billion.

Mr. Zimmer began his career at General Electric in 1999, after completing six quarters of co-op assignments with GE Aircraft Engines, including a six-month assignment in Munich, Germany, as part of the University of Cincinnati’s International Co-op Program. He completed GE’s Operations Management Leadership Program and became a SixSigma Blackbelt focused on order fulfillment within the Supply Chain and Services divisions of Aircraft Engines.

He joined General Cable in 2001, heading up Supply Chain for several areas before running the $30 million Assemblies business for the Company. In 2005, Mr. Zimmer was appointed as plant manager of the Jackson, Tennessee, manufacturing facility, which employed more than 300 people and manufactured primarily Category 5e and 3 Data Communications cable.

Mr. Zimmer received a bachelor’s degree in 1999 in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and was the recipient of the Herman Schneider Medal his senior year.

Since graduation, he has been actively involved in a wide-range of activities with the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Zimmer has been a member of the College of Engineering Alumni Board for a number of years, including chairing the EARN committee. He also serves on the Board for the Dan Beard Council for the Boy Scouts of America. 

Karl and his wife, Joan, reside in Northern Kentucky.