Warren Dudek, fleet and travel manager at inVentiv Health in Somerset, N.J., retired from the company in August 2016, capping a 32-year career in the fleet industry. InVentiv Health is a provider of sales, marketing, analytical, and compliance solutions for pharmaceutical and biotech industries. At the time of his retirement, the inVentiv Health fleet size was more than 4,300 vehicles.
Dudek joined inVentiv Health in 2001 as fleet and travel manager. Dudek managed a fleet with unique demands, requiring quick reaction time and flexibility. When inVentiv, a pharmaceutical contract sales company, wins a new contract, ramping up a fleet by several hundred units may take less than 60 days.
“Our fleet is extremely unique and our business model has been designed to support the growth and vision of the organization,” said Dudek.
Working closely with manufacturers, Dudek carefully monitored every fleet cycle phase. He managed to keep out-of-stock purchases under 5% through aggressive inventory management. During his tenure, inVentiv operated an average fleet size of between 2,000 and 2,500-units.
In 2005, Dudek received the inVentiv Corporate Leadership Award, which was highly prized since only a few internal annual leadership and accomplishment awards were given at the company.
In 2004, Dudek was a nominee for the AF Professional Fleet Manager of the Year Award.
Prior to joining inVentiv Health, Dudek was fleet manager at Revlon for 10 years, and at Goody Products for seven years.
Dudek was active in the NAFA New Jersey chapter, where he served as chapter chair from 2005-2007. He also served on several vendor advisory boards.
In addition to working in fleet, Dudek at one time also owned a company in the thoroughbred racing industry. “I previously owned a business named Speed Demon in partnership with another individual. We provided best-in-class speed variants for the thoroughbred racing industry to a diversified client base from 1985 to1992,” said Dudek.
Looking back on his career in fleet, Dudek said: “I never realized just what an interesting career fleet would become. At first, I viewed it as a stepping stone that would lead to some other corporate challenge. Today, I rejoice in this decision since no other position has interested me at all but fleet. The people associated within this industry are wonderful human beings.”
Dudek’s personal e-mail is [email protected]