Fran Poole is the Zenetex Director of Operations at the Naval Supply Systems (NAVSUP), Weapons System Support activity in Philadelphia. He is responsible for coordinating the efforts of Zenetex on-site personnel as they provide dedicated supply chain management to a wide variety of Navy and Marine Corps programs, both foreign and domestic. In this capacity he monitors performance, ensures completion of contractual financial and reporting requirements, balances workload requirements and provides recommendations, guidance, and direction on resolving complex logistics problems. Additionally, Fran serves as the lead for new business development in the NAVSUP WSS community.
A native of Philadelphia, Fran earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and received an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. During his 30 year career in the Navy Supply Corps, he was involved in every facet of Navy and Marine Corps logistics. His afloat assignments included Supply Officer USS O'Hare (DD889), Assistant Supply Officer, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), and Supply Officer USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Additionally, he served as the Force Supply Officer for Commander, Naval Air Forces, and U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
His tours of duty ashore included: Supply Officer Naval Academy Preparatory School, Bainbridge, Maryland; Inventory Control Department Director, Naval Supply Center, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Inventory Management Branch Head and Provisioning Division Director, Ships Parts Control Center, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; Navy Stock Fund Budget Officer, Naval Supply Systems Command, Washington, DC; and Comptroller and Operations Officer, Navy Aviation Supply Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For his command tour, Fran served as Commander and Defense Contract Management Command with Lockheed Martin, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania. He retired from the Naval Service in 1998.
For the past 17 years he served as the Director of Operations for Information Spectrum Inc, Anteon, and General Dynamics Information Technology directing in excess of 60 employees in providing supply and technical support to multiple functional areas within the NAVSUP WSS. He also led a dedicated team working on the Navy’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Program correcting financial and inventory transactions that failed to successfully process through the automated system. During his tenure as Director of Operations his organization experienced a fivefold growth in its business base.