Since 2008, Jeff Simmons has served as president of Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company, (NYSE: LLY). As part of this role, he is also a Senior Vice President and Executive Officer of Lilly. Elanco is provides comprehensive products and knowledge services to improve animal health and food-animal production in more than 70 countries around the world. As a leading global animal health company, Elanco values innovation, both in scientific research and daily operations, and strives to cultivate a collaborative work environment for more than 6,500 employees worldwide through its vision of Food and Companionship Enriching Life.
In more than two decades with the company, Simmons has held a number of sales, marketing and management positions, in the United States and abroad, including:
Executive Director of U.S. Operations, Global Strategy, and Research and Development
Area Director, Western Europe, based in the U.K.
Elanco Country Director, Brazil, based in Sao Paulo
Global marketing director, cattle and poultry
These international experiences offered Simmons a new perspective on food and agriculture and created a deep conviction about the need for solutions to global food security. Elanco is bringing this vision to life via a commitment to end hunger for 100,000 families globally through a partnership with Heifer International, and begin breaking the cycle of hunger in 100 communities around the globe. Simmons has become an active advocate for the role technology plays in sustainable, efficient production of safe, affordable meat, dairy and eggs. He has published white papers on this topic, most recently, the ENOUGH report found at ENOUGHmovement.com, and he actively engages in food security discussions in social media @JeffSimmons2050.
Simmons has held numerous leadership positions, including past board member of Chiquita Brands and former president of Health for Animals (formerly IFAH).
Simmons grew up on a vineyard in upstate New York and holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University. He resides in Carmel, Ind. with his wife, Annette, and six children.