Hi Elphas! I’m Ilse De Bruin, Vice President of Global Operations at Flexport, where we are on a mission to simplify freight forwarding by linking everyone in the supply chain together through technology. We are setting a new gold standard for global trading and breaking down the barriers and complexities.
Before I joined Flexport, I had the wonderful opportunity to work in Amazon, where I was responsible for building and developing the global logistics product, shipping millions of customer orders across the world and moving inventory into Amazon’s fulfillment network. During my tenure in Amazon, I continued to do what I love best - and that is to build and run the Global Logistics Operations. During this period, I had the opportunity to learn new skills in Product, Technology, and Developing growth strategies.
For 20+ years, I have built my experience, reputation, and brand as a transformation leader in the supply chain and logistics industry. Having lived most of my life in South Africa, I have learned how to run a business in an environment where poverty, education, and security are at the order of the day. I’ve run market-leading businesses as well as struggling divisions in desperate need of leadership and guidance. Along this journey I’ve built a network of over 1k good friends and acquaintances, I’ve met great leaders, learned from awesome coaches, and simply just enjoyed the opportunity to expand my horizons with a lot of amazing travel experiences.
I am a firm believer in living a purpose-driven, balanced life. I value what I do in my working environment as much as I do in my family and personal life. I have a doting husband and two daughters. During my downtime we enjoy going to the beach, hanging out with our dog, Oliver. Shaun, my husband, and I love traveling as much as we can and playing a lot of golf! My favorite discovery this year is a reading APP that summarizes really good books with 15-minute audibles! Love it and can recommend it!
Ask me anything about leading operations at a company that moves $19B of merchandise across 112 countries a year, being a product manager, scaling global businesses, developing people, leading through change, or anything else!