Senior Vice President, Enterprise Operational Excellence
Clay Ellis is International Paper’s Senior Vice President, Enterprise Operational Excellence. Under his leadership, this organization consists of Environment, Health & Safety, Information Technology, Global Fiber Supply, Global Sourcing, Global Supply Chain Center of Excellence, and Technology & Capital Execution. He is responsible for leading safety, engagement and reliable, world-class operations through the implementation of IP’s Global Manufacturing System across 28 mills.
Clay joined International Paper in 1992 as a process engineer at the Natchez, Miss, Mill, and went on to hold numerous positions within the mill system. He became an officer of the company in 2012 when he was named Vice President, Commercial Excellence, North American Papers. He then became Vice President of the Pulp business, and went on to become the Manufacturing Vice President of Global Cellulose Fibers before being named to his current role.
He serves on the board of The National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) as well as Seeding Success, which is a Memphis “cradle to career” partnership for children. Clay previously served on the board of directors for the National Paper Trade Association and AF&PA printing, writing and pulp sectors, as well as the Memphis Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Clay earned a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University, and completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
Clay and his wife, Cheryl, have three sons and reside in Eads, Tenn.