2019 Speakers

Prentis Wilson, President

Prentis Wilson

President, Boxed

Prentis is the President of Boxed, a technology and innovation driven online retailer. As the first to ever hold this position at the company, he is responsible for all aspects of the core business. Previously, he served as Vice President and General Manager at Amazon, where he built their Amazon Business unit from concept to launch in 2015. He was responsible for the full P&L and lead all aspects of the business. In less than 4 years, Amazon Business grew to over $10B/year and expanded to eight countries. Prior to joining Amazon in 2011, he held senior supply chain and operations roles at Cisco Systems. He served as their Vice President of Global Supplier Management (2009-2011), where he was based in Hong Kong, China and led all aspects of Cisco’s global sourcing and procurement operations. Prior to this position, Prentis was Cisco Systems’ Vice President of Product Operations (2007-2009) where he had global responsibility for engineering support and new product launches. Before joining Cisco in 2007, Prentis contributed 12 years at Honeywell International in a variety of engineering, purchasing and manufacturing operations roles, including as the Vice President and Head of Advanced Manufacturing Engineering for Honeywell Aerospace.  

Prentis is a fellow of MIT’s Leaders for Global Operations program. He holds two M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: one in Business from the Sloan School of Management and one in Mechanical Engineering from the School of Engineering. He earned his B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Industrial and Systems Engineering department at the Georgia Institute of Technology.