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Planning for the future
Ann M. Drake '84
Ann Drake

Ann M. Drake

Ann Drake is CEO of DSC Logistics, one of the leading supply chain management firms in the United States.

When Ann Drake was appointed CEO of DSC Logistics in 1994, she was already thinking years ahead.

Drake believed that the supply chain company needed to undergo a fundamental transformation to succeed in the 21st century. Drake recognized what many CEOs do not: To plan for the future is to prepare for the unpredictable.

That philosophy has been the driving force behind Drake’s 20-year leadership at the company, which today is one of the leading U.S. supply chain management firms. With a client roster of Fortune 500 companies, the company maintains a network of more than 45 logistics centers and a transportation management center on its Des Plaines, Ill., corporate campus.

True to Drake’s vision, DSC Logistics is known for its “ready for anything” culture. Collaborating with customers in long-term strategic partnerships, DSC helps to ensure that each customer’s supply chain can be deployed for unique competitive advantage.

The company is also known for its commitment to one of Drake’s top priorities — innovation. “I’m attracted to new, exciting ideas, to new ways of doing things, to a new future,” she says.

To help find and share those ideas, Drake works to advance more female leaders in her industry. In 2013, she launched AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education), a women’s leadership initiative for the supply chain industry. In less than two years, the initiative has grown into a network of more than 400 senior-level executives.

“Why is advancing women’s leadership important?” she says. “Varying points of view can help a team think differently and come up with creative solutions — that’s what the world is about today.”

An educated decision
Jamie Star ’89
Jamie Star

Jamie Star

Star serves as president and CEO of Longview Asset Management, a leading Chicago-based private-asset-management firm that manages accounts for charities, individuals, and trusts.

Halfway through his clerkship with a U.S. federal judge, attorney Jamie Star ’89 decided he needed a job where his decisions had consequences.

A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, Star felt dissatisfied by the level of detachment involved in legal proceedings. “I wasn’t really taking any risk for my decisions or judgments,” he says. “I had a problem, and I’d do my best to try to fix it. But I never really had a great deal of risk involved.”

The stock market, by contrast, was all about risk — and it piqued Star’s interest. So when he learned that the judge was retiring, he took what became the first of many chances. He enrolled in Kellogg’s Full-Time MBA Program, hoping to carve out a new career in business.

Today, Star serves as president and CEO of Longview Asset Management, a leading Chicago-based private-asset-management firm that manages accounts for charities, individuals and trusts. The firm, Star explains, takes a “very long-term” approach to investing for its clients and makes investment decisions based on deep research.

“For me, investing is all about learning,” Star says. “You’re learning new industries, you’re learning new business models, you’re learning about people and you’re learning about organizational behavior — and where organizations tend to succeed or fail.”

That passion for learning has become a driving force in Star’s career, which post-Kellogg has included roles at Harris Associates and a precursor to Longview. Star also founded and ran a highly successful hedge fund, Star Partners, for five years before being named president of Longview in 2003.

Along with returns, Star has found great satisfaction in “working hard to come to a decision, placing your capital down and living with that decision,” he says. “Sometimes the experience is painful, and sometimes it’s pleasant. But you have to be committed.”

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