Ed brings over three decades of experience in supply chain, strategy, technology and innovation to our clients. Ed received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and a MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. After working in manufacturing at AT&T Network Systems and Intel, Ed relocated to Palo Alto to work for Hewlett-Packard. After two years in manufacturing, Ed joined Dr. Corey Billington’s Strategic Planning and Modeling group. In that team, Ed worked with Dr. Michael Tushman (Harvard Business School Greeley Hardcopy Portable Scanner Initiative case study) and Dr. Hau Lee (Harvard Business Review “Mass Customization and the Power of Postponement at HP”) to drive innovation and supply chain improvement into HP’s divisions.
In 2000, Ed left HP to join Menlo Logistics as VP of Technology and Engineering, with responsibility for 3pl technology and solutions engineering. Upon the internal integration of Emery Forwarding and Vector SCM to form Menlo Worldwide, Ed became the SVP of Technology and Engineering for the combined entity. In 2003, Ed assumed responsibility for Menlo Worldwide’s 600+ person global sales and marketing organization. After the sale of the Menlo Forwarding division to UPS in 2004, Ed returned to HP as VP, Global Logistics.
Ed joined the former CEO of Menlo, John Williford, and GTCR to co-found Golden Gate Logistics in 2006. The experience assessing and then acquiring companies in the space gave Ed a unique insight into private equity and mid-market logistics acquisitions. Following Golden Gate, Ed joined End to End Analytics, a boutique supply chain consulting firm, in 2008.
In 2010, a strategy consulting project with top 10 global freight forwarder and contract logistics company UTi (UTIW) led to a full time position as SVP, Contract Logistics and Distribution (CL&D), integrating UTi’s 50+ CL&D acquisitions around the world into a unified division that consistently generated over $100M in annual EBITDA. In 2014, Ed was named CEO of UTi, guiding the company through the final stages of its difficult freight forwarding system transformation and the eventual sale to DSV in 2016.
Ed joined Amazon’s consumer organization as VP, Global Logistics in 2016 as a part of Dave Clark's team. His responsibilities included global inbound shipping for vendors, private brands and seller freight, and export fulfillment for customer orders that originated from countries where Amazon consumer didn’t have a physical presence. His teams oversaw the operational side of the Souq.com acquisition and integration, and prior to his departure, Ed’s organization managed domestic customer fulfilment in Brazil, Mexico, Australia, China and the Middle East.
Ed's experience provides a breadth and depth of executive leadership roles in logistics, the challenges of operating in scores of countries around the world, and the intersection of supply chain and ecommerce.
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