Simon Pearson is the founder and managing director of supply chain consultancy Simon Pearson and Associates. He is also an operating partner of EmergeVest Limited a private investment boutique based in Hong Kong, and serves as a non-executive director advising on business strategy and operating model for Cargo Services Group in Hong Kong, along with Allport Cargo Services, supply chain software business ediTrack, and NFT Distribution in the UK.
Simon has 25 years of experience as a supply chain professional during which time he has operated at every stage of the retail value chain, from production to in-store replenishment in food, general merchandise and fashion. During this time Simon has also developed a strong understanding of supply chain and logistics operations across a diverse set of operating markets including the UK, Europe, the USA, China, Australia and South Africa.
Prior to moving to Shanghai in 2012 and founding Simon Pearson and Associates, Simon worked for Asda Walmart in the UK for 9 years in a number of senior logistics and supply chain leadership roles encompassing network optimisation and flow planning, DC operations, transportation, and global inbound logistics, as well as overall supply chain strategy.
Operating in a large corporate organisation such as Walmart also enabled Simon to broaden his general management skills, especially in the areas of developing business strategy, and landing change willingly and well through diverse cross-functional teams. Furthermore, at that time Simon served as the co-chair of a number of influential industry working groups in both the UK and Europe under the ECR umbrella.
Before Asda, Simon spent 13 years in the logistics industry in the UK, the last 10 years of which were with leading chilled logistics provider NFT Distribution, where he held a variety of front line operational and commercial roles culminating in being an executive board member with responsibility for business development.