Doe Run PMO Manager Delivers Keynote at International Summit

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Denise Callahan, The Doe Run Company’s PMO manager, will serve as keynote speaker of the PMO Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to share how the award-winning function allows Doe Run to more efficiently complete complex projects on time and under budget.

With executive buy-in, employee input and clear metrics for success, a project management office (PMO) can transform a company’s business results. Denise Callahan, The Doe Run Company’s PMO manager, will soon share how the company’s award-winning function allows the company to more efficiently complete complex projects on time and under budget. Callahan will speak to more than 200 executives from around the world during the March 23 keynote session of the PMO Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“I’m pleased to share how our project management office dramatically improved project performance for Doe Run,” said Callahan, one of two keynote speakers during the three-day summit. “By developing a PMO structure, Doe Run is achieving its business objectives more often, cutting the funding approval process by a third and reducing budget required to complete these projects.”

In 2010, 95 percent of Doe Run projects achieved their objectives, a 53 percent increase in just two years. Meanwhile, the funding process decreased in time from an average of 98 days to 22 days. Those improvements in part lead to Doe Run receiving first runner-up in the 2010 PMO of the Year competition.

During her presentation, “Lessons from a Leader,” Callahan will offer tips for establishing a successful PMO based on her experience with Doe Run. Some of those tips include:

  •     Receiving input from employees: A cross-functional team can help identify “what’s in it for me” opportunities that can drive PMO adoption.
  •     Creating clear metrics for success: Decide how success will be measured, and record baseline measurements to track the company’s progress.
  •     Understanding organizational culture and structure: End-user adoption of new processes is the key to success. Customizing implementation processes to the organization makes it easier for employees to accept and use them.

Doe Run selected one of its most critical projects, the breakthrough new lead processing technology announced in March 2010, to demonstrate the benefits of using a PMO. The methodology proved to be a major help to the research and development team as they considered alternatives for the project related to technology, location and production capacity. Thanks to the success of using the project management methodology, Doe Run demonstrated the technology works on a production scale. Doe Run is now completing a detailed feasibility study to determine the economics of the proposed facility and exploring related funding opportunities.

Callahan is from St. Louis Mo., and holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology from Missouri State University and a master’s degree in information technology from Washington University. She has more than 20 years of experience managing IT projects and leading IT organizations, and she has successfully established PMOs at three major corporations.

Deborah A. Dell, Project Management Professional (PMP), of IBM will also serve as a keynote speaker at the PMO Summit, presenting “Transforming Business Through Project Management Excellence.”

About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world's largest, single-site lead recycling facilities, located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiary deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit

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