DSC recognizes outstanding leaders with supply chain
“Thinkers & Movers” award

Chicago, Illinois (Sepember 29, 2009) –  DSC Logistics, a supply chain management company headquartered in Des Plaines, IL, has announced the first two recipients of the newly established “Thinkers & Movers” Award. At a special event coinciding with the annual global conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in Chicago on September 20-23, DSC’s CEO Ann Drake (right) presented the award to Ralph Drayer, former chief logistics officer of Procter & Gamble, and Dr. Nancy Nix, executive director of the EMBA program and associate professor, supply chain practice in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University.

According to Drake, “This award celebrates the relatively new role of the supply chain as a powerful strategic business tool – and the individuals whose thought leadership helped inspire and achieve the transformation. As recently as a decade ago, a logistics ‘provider’ did almost exclusively that – provide tactical services that happened at the tail end of a lot of business decisions made with hardly any input from the provider,” Drake continued. “Then companies began to realize that strategic collaboration with the right supply chain management partner could help advance and achieve overall business goals, as well as reduce costs, transform business processes, improve customer service, and facilitate growth and change.”

DSC developed the “Thinkers and Movers” Award in 2009 to recognize individuals and companies whose innovative leadership has resulted in ground-breaking supply chain understanding and practices.

In Ralph Drayer’s career at Procter & Gamble, spanning 32 years, he is credited with leading a number of innovative initiatives for Procter & Gamble’s supply chain as well as introducing improved practices, including Efficient Customer Response (ECR), throughout the consumer goods industry. He served as Procter & Gamble’s first vice president of customer service/logistics and was a founding member of the Global Commerce Initiative (GCI) which focused on gaining agreement on a consistent worldwide set of standards in the retail-consumer goods field. Drayer has received the grocery industry’s first Path Forward Award and was presented with CSCMP’s Distinguished Service Award in 2001. He is the founder and chairman of Supply Chain Insights, a supply chain strategy consultancy.

Dr. Nancy Nix spent many years in the logistics and supply chain management field with companies such as DuPont and Reliance Industries before entering the academic field. At TCU, she served for eight years as director of the Supply Chain Value Center and in that role, led curriculum development for MBA and undergraduate programs. She developed and led study abroad experiences in China, India, and Argentina and in 2005 and 2006 received TCU awards for teaching and innovative curriculum development. As an active member of CSCMP, Dr. Nix was a member of the Research Strategies Committee from 2001 to 2008 and served as its chair from 2005 to 2008. She also served on CSCMP’s Board of Directors as secretary/treasurer in 2008 and recently was elected vice chair. Dr. Nix is a frequent writer, speaker, and panelist on supply chain topics, especially the role of effective collaboration in supply chain endeavors.

The Thinkers and Movers Award will be presented each year at the time of the CSCMP annual conference.

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