Simon Ellis currently leads the Supply Chain Strategies practice at Manufacturing Insights, one
of IDC's industry research companies that addresses the current market gap by providing fact based
research and analysis on best practices and the use of information technology to assist clients in
improving their capabilities in key process areas. Within the Supply Chain practice, Ellis
specializes in advising clients on supply chain network design, global sourcing (Profitable
Proximity and Low-Cost Sourcing), transportation and logistics, lean, Six Sigma and more.
With over 20 years experience in industry, working across all major areas of the supply chain,
Simon most recently was the Supply Chain Strategy Director for Unilever North America, the maker of
such well-known products as Dove, Suave, Wisk, all, Q-tips and Vaseline. Simon was responsible for
leading the implementation of key new technologies that impacted the future of the Unilever Supply
Chain. Simon has a BA degree from Cornell University and an MBA from Columbia University. He works
out of IDC's New York office.