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Panel: Luncheon Plenary

Session: Wednesday, February 11 @ 12:30

Karen Blanks Ellis is Managing Director of Global Environmental Management for FedEx Express. With FedEx since 1997, Karen provides strategic leadership to manage all aspects of environmental regulatory compliance, develop engineering solutions to mitigate environmental risk and collaborate with business units to integrate environmental sustainability initiatives into global business operations and planning. She has directed key initiatives including ongoing environmental footprint analyses, development of related performance metrics and pursuit of ISO 14001 certification.

Prior to FedEx, Karen managed environmental and chemical engineering at Cummins Engine Co. (formerly Diesel ReCon aftermarket division) for the Memphis, TN, Santa Fe Springs, CA, El Paso, TX and Juarez, Mexico plants.

Karen currently serves as mayoral appointee to the Shelby County Ground Water Quality Control Board and serves on the TN Chamber of Commerce Environment Committee. She is also past Chairman of the Airlines For America (formerly Air Transport Association) Environmental Council and a former member of the Alaskan Climate Change Mitigation Advisory Committee.


Karen has a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and is a graduate of the University of Memphis Freight Transportation Leadership Academy. She and her husband are parents of three children.


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