Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals recognizes DSC leader with highest award

Ann Drake, DSC Logistics CEO, was presented with the 2012 Distinguished Service Award by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) at the organization’s global conference in Atlanta. She is the first woman to be selected for the award in the 47 years since it was created. She accepted the award with remarks about past changes and future success factors that DC Velocity, a leading industry magazine, said “set the bar” for comments at the conference.

Following opening remarks by CSCMP President Rick Blasgen and presentation of the award by Keith Turner, immediate past chairman of the CSCMP board, Ms. Drake described transformational changes she has observed in the field of logistics and supply chain management over the past several decades. They include businesses realizing that their supply chain is critical to success, more women becoming involved in the field, and partnerships with customers becoming more strategic and collaborative. She also looked to the future, encouraging companies to expand their intellectual capital, embrace new technology, and look for new ways to collaborate up and down the supply chain.

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Ms. Drake joined DSC’s parent company, Dry Storage Corporation, in 1990 as executive vice president for strategy and culture. Since becoming CEO in 1994, she transformed the company from a warehousing and trucking provider to a supply chain partner working with leading companies to design and manage integrated supply chain solutions and address business goals. She also serves as the vice chair of the Business Advisory Council of Northwestern University’s Transportation Center and as a strategy leader in transportation and logistics for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s  World Business Chicago “Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs.”

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Also in conjunction with the CSCMP Conference, DSC Logistics presented the 2012 Thinkers & Movers Award to two individuals whose innovative thought leadership has influenced supply chain understanding and practices. The 2012 recipients are Steve Haeckel, president, Adaptive Business Design, and David Simchi-Levi, professor of Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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