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Professor Mike Wilson

Professor Mike Wilson

Executive Vice President Logistics Manufacturing Services, Executive Vice President Latin America DSV/Panalpina, Honorary Visiting Professor at Cardiff Business School


Professor Mike Wilson was the inspiration behind The PARC Institute of Manufacturing, Logistics and Inventory Research Centre at Cardiff University, which has developed several award-winning, original research programs across a broad spectrum of supply chain and manufacturing. Mike started his career as an Industrial Engineer in traditional metal and plastic manufacturing as well as in the electronics industry before moving into Operations Management. He became Head of UK Operations for Design to Distribution, the manufacturing subsidiary of Fujitsu/ICL which subsequently became part of Celestica in the mid-1990s - one of the world’s largest Electronics Manufacturing Services providers where he ran the $3.5bn European business until 2003 and became part of what was, up until that time, the largest IPO in the electronics industry.

Mike found his way into Third Party Logistics with Exel as President of Technology, which subsequently became DHL. Following some time in Asia, working independently setting up manufacturing and supply chains, he joined Panalpina in 2011 as Global Head of Logistics and after the acquisition by DSV he became Executive Vice President for Logistics Manufacturing Services and Latin America. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from Cardiff University.

In October 2018, Mike was awarded the title of Honorary Visiting Professor at Cardiff Business School.