In this newly created role, Davis will have global accountability for driving the company’s manufacturing strategy and enhancing operational excellence across its manufacturing network. Over the next year, she will collaborate with supply chain leadership across the enterprise to organize and optimize the company’s manufacturing footprint while accelerating its ability to continuously transform to meet demand in its fastest growing subcategories. She will also champion Employee Relations & Engagement, Environmental Health & Safety and Quality Assurance within the manufacturing network. Davis will partner with regional supply chain leaders and plant leaders to enhance overall plant performance and drive Lean processes and sustainability.
“Helen Davis’ wealth of manufacturing and end-to-end supply expertise, experience integrating customer and business planning with key accounts to establish forecasts with the trade and demonstrated ability to oversee large supply chain organizations during times of transformation make her uniquely suited for this role,” said Polcer. “I am confident that she will successfully drive improvements, foster innovation and enhance integration and consistency across our complex, global manufacturing network.”
Davis joins The Estée Lauder Companies from Reckitt Benckiser (RB), a British multi-brand company that focuses on health, hygiene and home products. Most recently, Helen served as senior VP, Supply, North America, where she oversaw the daily end-to-end supply operations for three mega plants, demand and supply planning, customer service and logistics across North America. Additionally, she was responsible for developing and executing a “Touchless Supply Vision” to increase speed and agility through robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning. An advocate for fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce, Helen also sponsored a women’s leadership development program. Previously, Davis spent 20 years holding several leadership roles at The Coca-Cola Company where she was responsible for the daily operations as well as the strategic transformation of all areas of the supply chain in Germany, India, China and other countries.