R. Steven Tungate is responsible for overseeing the company’s innovation, technical support, service and supply chain management organizations. In this role, Tungate is charged with efficiently managing Toshiba America Business Solutions’ (TABS) complex supply chain, which includes procurement, import/export, inventory control, transportation, customer service and distribution. Within this position, Tungate plays a prominent role to the overall growth and success of TABS.
Leading TABS’ innovation program, he couples astute business strategy with such industry recognizable tools as Six Sigma. In directing the company’s industry-recognized technical support and service teams, Tungate oversees a team of more than 1,000 employees that interact with customers daily.
He started at TABS in 2006 as vice president, Strategic Business Planning. Prior to joining TABS, Tungate served as executive vice president, supply chain and service at Danka Office Imaging, and president of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, ImageOne, Inc.
His successful leadership at Danka was conveyed in a Supply Chain Management Review article, “From Mess to Mastery: How Danka Rebuilt Its Supply Chain.” Before working at Danka, Tungate served as senior vice president of operations at internet startup company, Value America, Inc., where he played a prominent role in engineering one of the industries’ largest initial public offerings in U.S. history. Upon assuming the role of chief executive officer in 2000, Tungate led the sale of the company to Merisel, Inc., a distributor of information technology and software.
He earned an MBA with an emphasis in material and logistics management from Michigan State University in 1983. Upon graduation, Tungate worked at IBM Corp. for more than 15 years. During his tenure there, he held successive management positions in a number of functional disciplines and divisions, including program director, PowerPC operations within IBM’s Enterprise Systems and Personal Systems Divisions.