Noel Greis

Director, Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy, Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise; Adjunct Professor of Operations, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Noel Greis is the director of the Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. She is also an adjunct professor of operations at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Greis is an expert in global logistics and supply-chain management. She advises companies on the application of new internet-based supply and distribution strategies within their organizations. Her research on logistics, global operations strategy, technology management and technology commercialization has won several awards. She is co-director of the UNC-Tsinghua Center for Logistics and Enterprise Development. As the director of the Center for Logistics and Digital Strategy, she helps industry use digital technology, especially intelligent agents, to redesign business processes. The center also works with state, federal and foreign governments to develop transportation infrastructures that will address future business needs.

She is a co-founder of the Global Logistics Research Initiative (GLORI), a consortium of 13 universities conducting applied logistics research. GLORI projects, such as those on the air express industry and virtual teaming, focus on the development and implementation of internet-based tools for managing the complexity of the logistics environment. Greis is leader of the research faculty of LOGTECH, a UNC-Chapel project benchmarking logistics technologies and practices in the public and private sectors. LOGTECH also includes an executive education program that brings together military and commercial executives to share knowledge and experience. She received her PhD, MSE and MA in engineering from Princeton University and her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Brown University.