Ann Drake is Chairman of the DSC Advisory Board and 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.