Ann Drake

CEO / DSC Logistics

Planning for the future

Ann M. Drake ’84 brings new ideas to
supply chain powerhouse DSC Logistics

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."

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