Simon Ellis 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. Simon 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. Prior to IDC, Simon 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. He 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.