Advisory Board

Expert perspectives providing strategic direction.
Meet the people who guide DSC forward.
Ralph Drayer

Ralph Drayer is Founder and Chairman of Supply Chain Insights, a supply chain strategy consultancy. Drayer is the former Chief Logistics Officer of Procter & Gamble. During his 32 years with Procter & Gamble, Drayer held responsibilities in distribution, logistics, customer service and Customer Business Development, both domestically and internationally. As P&G’s first Vice President of Customer Service/Logistics, he was instrumental in the development of P&G’s industry leading supply chain capabilities. Through his leadership of Efficient Consumer Response (ECR), he helped transform an entire industry. Drayer has served as Co-Chair of the Grocery Industry’s ECR Best Practices Committee and Chairman of the Grocery Manufacturers of America Distribution and Logistics Committee. He has served on the Boards of The Uniform Code Council, VICS (The Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standards Association) and The Council of Logistics Management’s Executive Committee. He was a founding member of the Global Commerce Initiative (GCI). He currently serves as a Director of Roundy’s Supermarkets Incorporated and on the Advisory Boards of DemandTec, and Savi Technology.

Robert Beach

Robert Beach is an independent consultant and former executive with Cargill, Inc., a privately held food, agribusiness, industrial, and financial services company based in Minneapolis. Beach joined Cargill as Tax Counsel in 1975 and held a number of legal, administrative, and operational posts, both in the US and in Europe until his retirement in 2008. From 2003 to 2008, he had dual responsibilities of Global Compliance Officer and head of the Investment Risk Group for a Cargill business unit named Black River Asset Management. In these roles, Beach was responsible for Black River’s compliance function in the thirteen countries in which Black River had a presence, and also led a group which analyzed and approved investment proposals for private equity transactions. He is a member of the board of Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners, a Wayzata, Minnesota based social services organization dealing with issues of housing and employment services in Wayzata and certain surrounding communities. Beach graduated from the University of Iowa in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in business (BBA) and in 1973, with graduate degrees in business (MBA) and law (JD with distinction).

Ann Drake

Ann Drake is Chairman of the DSC Logistics Advisory Board, and she served as CEO of DSC Logistics from 1994 to 2018. For over 20 years, Ann has guided DSC Logistics to become one of the leading supply chain management firms in the US, creating a business model based on integrated, comprehensive supply chain solutions built on collaborative partnerships, innovative thinking and high-performance operations. Ann is a member of the Kellogg School Global Advisory Board at Northwestern University, serves on the Board of Governors for Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. She has been appointed to the Committee on Future Interstate Highway System by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and is a member of the Civic Committee Transportation Task Force, an affiliated organization of the Commercial Club of Chicago. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the A.M. Castle Company and the Board of Governors for the Committee of 200, and as vice chair of the Business Advisory Council for the Northwestern University Transportation Center. In 2013, Ann founded AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management, and Education), a network that has grown to include more than 1000 senior supply chain women leaders. She is a charter member of Paradigm for Parity®, a coalition of business leaders working for gender parity by the year 2030. Ann received the 2015 Schultz Award for advancing women in transportation and logistics from the McCormick School of Northwestern University. She was honored with the global “Women Who Make a Difference” Award from International Women’s Forum (IWF) in 2014. In 2012, she received the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Distinguished Service Award and the Alumni Merit Award from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University; in 2009 she was named “Industry Leader of the Year” by Illinois Institute of Technology. Ann received an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Justin Zubrod

Justin Zubrod is Managing Partner of his own transportation advisory firm—Justin Zubrod & Company, LLC. The firm is a federation of professionals with decades of experience in management consulting, expert witness, and financial advisory services in both logistics and transportation worldwide. Zubrod has more than 30 years experience with clients in the transportation arena (including rail, motor carrier, air forwarding, 3 pl /4 pl, package, express, postal services, marine, and related service sectors), which enables him to view critical issues in transportation from the carrier, shipper, and regulatory points of view. He has consulted with companies, investors, regulators, and policy makers in North and South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. Prior to establishing his own firm, Zubrod held a number of leadership positions in transportation consulting at the leading firms, including Booz & Company and A.T. Kearney, Inc. He is currently Chairman of the Business Advisory Council at the Northwestern University Transportation Center, and teaches a freight transportation course. Zubrod has a B.A. from the University of Maryland, and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Jim Derleth

Jim’s career in healthcare spans over 35 years and includes significant sales, marketing, and general management experience. Jim graduated from the University of Michigan in 1980 with a degree in Business Administration. He started his career as a sales representative with American Hospital Supply Corporation, and over the years assumed multiple sales and marketing leadership positions with American and Baxter International. Later, Jim assumed general management roles with Nobel Biocare, Cardinal Health,, and Trustmark Insurance Company, where he was President and CEO of Starmark, the company’s largest and most profitable business. In 2005, Jim returned to Cardinal Health as Executive Vice President of Health Systems, where he consolidated and led the group purchasing and federal government contracting activity for all of Cardinal’s hospital-based businesses. Jim left Cardinal in 2009 to join Excelsior Medical Corporation, a portfolio company of RoundTable Healthcare Partners, as Executive Vice President of Sales. Following RoundTable’s sale of Excelsior, Jim joined CooperVision, a leading manufacturer of contact lenses, in a market development and commercial strategy role.

Joanna Drake

Joanna Drake is C0-Vice Chair of the DSC Advisory Board. She has been creating next-generation digital experiences at the intersection of media and technology for over 20 years. Currently, Joanna is a General Partner at Core Ventures Group, a seed stage technology start-up fund, investing in serial entrepreneurs who are solving big problems with advanced technologies. Until December 2012, Joanna served as Chief Operating Officer for DeNA West. She oversaw operations outside of Asia for this $5B Japanese public mobile content company, working closely with the Founder and Board of Directors on international expansion and global operations. After joining Vice President Gore and Joel Hyatt to co-found Current TV in 2001, Joanna spent 11 years with the company including stints as President of New Media, pioneering the world’s first social media platform, as well as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing Sales, Marketing, Distribution, Technology, and International Operations. Earlier, Joanna held executive positions at several leading technology and media start-ups, including MOXI and ReacTV. She started her career at Booz Allen & Hamilton in the Media, Entertainment and Technology consulting practice, working closely with the world’s leading entertainment conglomerates and the largest Silicon Valley technology companies. Joanna is actively involved in senior female leadership groups and female executive mentoring. She is a member of the leading Silicon Valley female angel investment group, Broadway Angels. Joanna and Ann Drake are one of the few “mother-daughter” members of the C200 and Joanna has served on the Board of DSC Logistics since 2011. Joanna holds a Master’s degree from Stanford University, and a BA in Political Economy from University of California at Berkeley.

Nancy Nix

Nancy Nix is the Executive Director Emeritus of AWESOME; she served as Executive Director of AWESOME from 2014 through 2017. She is the former Executive Director of the EMBA Program and Professor of Supply Chain Practice at the Neeley School of Business at TCU in Fort Worth, TX. Prior to that, Nancy was Director of the Supply and Value Chain Center, where she led the development of TCU’s supply chain programs. In 2017, Nancy received the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) for her contributions to the field as a practitioner, educator, research leader, speaker, and organizational leader. As Executive Director of AWESOME, Nancy was responsible key initiatives, including the annual Symposium for leading women in the profession, the AWESOME / Gartner Women in Supply Chain research, and the AWESOME Excellence in Education Scholarship program. She is frequently a moderator, speaker or panelist for industry events powered by AWESOME and at the invitation of other organizations. At TCU, Nancy taught Global Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Information Technology, and Supply Chain Strategy courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She also led numerous MBA and EMBA study abroad experiences, which included visits with companies and economic development organizations in China, India, and South America. She received an MBA Faculty Award in 2005, an award for innovation in curriculum development in 2006, and the Neeley School of Business Dean’s Teaching Award in 2013. Prior to entering the academic field, Nancy held a number of managerial roles in manufacturing, logistics, procurement and customer service for the DuPont Company. She also spent one and a half years as VP of Logistics for Reliance Industries Ltd., in Mumbai, India. Nancy is a member of the Advisory Board for DSC Logistics. She is also an active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). She served as Chair of CSCMP’s Research Strategies Committee for four years, as a member of the Board of Directors for eight years, on the Executive Committee for five years, and as Chair of the Board for one year. She completed her doctorate in Logistics and Marketing at the University of Tennessee. She completed her MBA in the Fox School at Temple University, and her Bachelor of Science degree at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD.

Antonia Shusta

Antonia Shusta has extensive experience in both the domestic and international financial services industry. Most recently, she was Chief Operating Officer for the Pacific Financial Group, a privately-held group with financial services companies in the United States, Central America and Peru. Shusta was with Citibank for 16 years in international and domestic corporate and consumer banking positions. Then, at Household International for eight years, she was a Group Executive with responsibilities for Consumer Banking, Mortgage Banking, the Household Bank UK and other corporate units. Shusta is a member of The Committee of 200. She is Marketing and Membership Coordinator of The Commonwealth Institute, a non-profit organization founded in 1997 to help women entrepreneurs, CEOs and senior corporate executives build successful businesses. Shusta received her Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative government from Harvard/Radcliffe. She has been a member of the DSC Advisory Board of Directors since 1998.