ACSCC Member Biographies
Biographies for the members of the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness (ACSCC)
Chief Executive Officer
Revathi Advaithi is Chief Executive Officer of Flex, the global manufacturing partner of choice that helps a diverse customer base design and build products to improve the world.
Ms. Advaithi assumed the role of CEO in February 2019 and is responsible for architecting the company’s strategic direction and leading Flex through a transformation that is defining a new era in manufacturing. Along with Flex’s strong workforce spanning 30 countries, Ms. Advaithi is focused on driving technology innovation, supply chain, and responsible, sustainable manufacturing solutions across various industries and end markets.
Ms. Advaithi currently serves on the Board of Directors of Uber and Catalyst.org. She is also a member of the Business Roundtable and the Catalyst CEO Champions For Change initiative. She joined the WEF Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders (2021), was recognized as one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business list for consecutive years (2021, 2020, 2019) and named one of Business Today’s Most Powerful Women in India (2020). Ms. Advaithi was also named as 3BL’s Responsible CEO the Year for Global Impact (2021) for her leadership on environmental, social and governance commitments.
Ms. Advaithi has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India and holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Ball’s Food Stores
David serves as Chairman , President & C.E.O. of Ball’ s Food Stores (D/B/A Ball’ s Price Chopper and Hen House Markets). Balls Food Stores was founded in 1923, David is the 3rd generation of his family to run the company. The company, consisting of 26 stores, is divided into four divisions: Price Chopper (13), Hen House Market (9), Payless Discount Foods (1), and Sun Fresh Market (3).
David serves on a number of boards, including:
- Food Marketing Institute
- UMB Bank
- Retail Grocers Association
- Associated Wholesale Grocers
- KVC Behavioral Health Care
- American Royal
David attended the University of Kansas for Personnel Administration; Purdue University for Supermarket Management; Johnson County Community College for a National Restaurant Association Certification; and completed continuing education with the Food Marketing Institute (Executive Resource Forum).
Rainer M. Blair
President and Chief Executive Officer
Rainer Blair is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Danaher Corporation. Beginning September 2020, Rainer has led Danaher’s $22B global, multi-industry portfolio of businesses. With the help of Danaher’s 69,000 global associates, he is focused on further strengthening Danaher’s position as a leading science and technology company.
Rainer brings more than 30 years of deep and diverse experience to his current role. Rainer joined Danaher in 2010 and held leadership roles across several operating companies before being named Executive Vice President of Danaher’s Life Sciences platform in 2014. Through a combination of organic and inorganic growth investments, he helped Danaher build a portfolio of Life Sciences businesses uniquely positioned to reduce time to market and cost of biologic drugs. Under his leadership, the Life Sciences platform annual revenues increased five-fold to approximately $10 billion today.
Prior to Danaher, Rainer was President and CEO for MAPEI Americas, a $2.3 billion global, diversified construction chemical corporation. He previously spent 15 years with BASF Group on three continents with progressively larger leadership roles. He is U.S. Army veteran. He earned his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and his M.S. from Boston University. Rainer and his wife Alaine live in Alexandria, VA, and have three adult children.
Rick D. Blasgen
President and Chief Executive Officer, retired
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
Rick D. Blasgen is the former president and chief executive officer of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in Lombard, Illinois, USA. Rick retired in March 2021.
Blasgen began his career with Nabisco, working in a regional customer service center in Chicago, Illinois. While at Nabisco, he held various logistics positions of increasing responsibility in inventory management, order processing, and transportation and distribution center operations management. Blasgen became vice president, supply chain, at Nabisco in June 1998, then vice president supply chain for Kraft in June 2002. He joined ConAgra Foods in August 2003 as senior vice president integrated logistics.
Blasgen was designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2011 to serve as the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness (ACSCC) providing the Administration advice and counsel on issues and concerns that affect the supply chain sector. He continues to chair that committee. He is a member of Northwestern University’s Transportation Center Business Advisory Committee and a past chair of the Grocery Manufacturers Association Logistics Committee, and a past president of the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). Blasgen is a graduate of Governors State University, earning his degree in business administration and majoring in finance.
Member, Board of Directors
Uber Technologies, Inc.
Ursula Burns has extensive international experience in leading large companies that are facing technology sea changes within their industries.
Burns was the Chairman of the Board of Xerox Corporation from 2010 to 2017 and Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2016, after having been appointed President in 2007. Burns joined Xerox as a summer intern in 1980 and has since held leadership posts spanning corporate services, manufacturing and product development. During Burns’ tenure as Chief Executive Officer, Burns helped the company transform from a global leader in document technology to the world’s most diversified business services company serving enterprises and governments of all sizes. Shortly after being named CEO in 2009, Burns spearheaded the largest acquisition in Xerox history, the $6.4 billion purchase of Affiliated Computer Services.
Burns is a member of the Exxon Mobil, Uber Technologies, Inc., Endeavor Group Holdings, Inc., and IHS Holdings Board of Directors. She is also a founding partner of Integrum Holdings, a private equity firm, Non-Executive Chairman of Teneo Holdings LLC, and the Executive Chairman of Plum Acquisition Corp I. In addition, Burns is on several private company boards, including Waystar and Hear.com, while also pro
viding leadership counsel to several other community, educational and non-profit organizations including the Ford Foundation, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Corporation, Cornell Tech Board of Overseers, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Mayo Clinic amongst others.
Burns holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Burns is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Royal Academy of Engineering and the G7 Gender Equity Advisory Council.
Chief Executive Officer
Greg Case is Chief Executive Officer of Aon, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. He is also a member of the company’s Board of Directors.
Before joining Aon, he served on the governing Shareholders’ Council at McKinsey & Company, a leading international management consultant, and led their Global Insurance and Financial Services Practice. Prior to McKinsey, he worked for the investment banking firm of Piper, Jaffray and Hopwood and at the Federal Reserve Bank.
Case holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University. He serves on the boards of Discover Financial Services, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Field Museum of Natural History, and St. John’s University School of Risk Management. Case was named by the Harvard Business Review as one of the top 100 best performing CEOs in the world in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2014.
Vice President, Global Customer Solutions
Doug Ceva serves as Vice President, Global Customer Solutions at Prologis, where he focuses on supplying solutions chiefly for customers in the third-party logistics and retail industries. A seasoned professional with over 33 years of experience, Mr. Ceva has spent the bulk of his career developing his expertise in the worldwide logistics and transportation industry.
Prior to joining Prologis, Mr. Ceva was vice president, USA sales, for CMA CGM (America) LLC, where he managed the US sales and marketing organization. Prior to this, Mr. Ceva worked at Maersk, Inc. for 28 years, where he held progressively responsible positions in sales and general management. As senior vice president, he oversaw the sales organization, managing a staff of over 200 colleagues, and was responsible for Maersk’s global relationship with Wal-Mart, which spanned ocean transportation, supply chain management, drayage and transloading operations.
Mr. Ceva graduated with an Executive MBA from Columbia University and obtained
his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Seton Hall University.
Executive Vice President
Airports Council International – North America
Matt Cornelius joined ACI-NA in November 2012 and is currently Executive Vice President. Since he joined ACI-NA, Matt has served in various positions and has been essential in the strengthening of our relationship with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Matt has also led efforts to develop new products and services that promote best practices and innovation in the airport industry.
Matt oversees ACI-NA’s committee system and serves as the committee secretary to the U.S. International Air Service Program. His vast aviation industry experience has allowed him to provide insight and support for many issues including U.S., Canadian and international aviation regulations, air service development, international bilateral air service issues, airport/airline business relations, passenger facilitation and more.
Matt is a graduate of Villanova University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and also holds an MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Robert (Bob) Costello
Chief Economist & Senior Vice President, International Trade & Cross-Border Operations
American Trucking Associations
Bob Costello is the Chief Economist & Senior Vice President of International Trade Policy and Cross-Border Operations for the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the national trade association for the trucking industry. As Chief Economist, he manages all of ATA’s collection, analysis and dissemination of trucking economic information. This includes several monthly trucking economic indicators, motor carrier financial and operating data, an annual freight transportation forecast, driver wage studies, weekly diesel fuel price and economic reports, and a yearly trucking almanac. Bob also conducts economic analyses of proposed regulations and legislation affecting the trucking industry.
Bob also heads up ATA’s International Trade Policy and Cross Border Operations Department. In this capacity, he works on issues related USMCA, tariffs, customs, and immigration. Bob was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. He is on the Board of Directors for the Border Trade Alliance. Bob is also a member of the National Association for Business Economics and a member of the Industrial Economists Group at Harvard University.
Prior to joining ATA in 1997, Bob was an economist with Joel Popkin & Company in Washington D.C., an economic consulting firm that specializes in the analysis of wages, inflation, and economic trends.
Bob has a Master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts from Winona State University in Winona, MN.
Director, Government Affairs
Jason has 25 years of freight transportation industry experience and a deep understanding of government policies. He monitors regulatory and legislative issues impacting the freight transportation, trade and produce industries for C.H. Robinson and Robinson Fresh. Jason is the current vice-chair of the Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee (MFAC) and the immediate past chair. He serves as an election judge in the city of Minneapolis. He has also been a member of the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness in the 2019-2020 session. Jason was the 2019 William K Smith award winner from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies for his “leadership in the field and their contributions to mentorship and education of future leaders”.
Donald E. Frieson
Executive Vice President, Supply Chain
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
As executive vice president of supply chain, Don Frieson is responsible for Lowe’s distribution centers, logistics, transportation and delivery services. He joined Lowe’s in 2018.
Don has more than 30 years of operations and supply chain experience, including 19 years at Walmart Inc. He most recently served as chief operating officer at Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart, where he was responsible for all club operations, including supply chain, for more than 650 locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Don also served as senior vice president of supply chain at Walmart, where he led more than 30 distribution centers that supplied merchandise to nearly 1,600 stores, Supercenters and neighborhood markets in the eastern United States.
Don earned a bachelor’s degree in operations management from the University of Tennessee and is a graduate of the Global 20/20 Executive Education Program at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and serves on the board of Casey’s General Stores.
Gary C. Kelly
Southwest Airlines, Co.
Gary Kelly is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors at Southwest Airlines. Most recently, Gary served as Southwest’s Chief Executive Officer from 2004 through January 2022. Under Gary’s leadership, Southwest grew to become the nation’s largest airline in terms of originating domestic passengers carried and is a mainstay on Fortune magazine’s list of the most admired companies in the world, ranking 28th in 2022.
Gary began his career at Southwest Airlines as Controller, moving up to Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Finance, then Executive Vice President and CFO, before being promoted to CEO and Vice Chairman in July 2004. Gary assumed the roles of Chairman and President in 2008. In January 2017, Gary relinquished the title of President. Prior to joining Southwest Airlines in 1986, Gary was a CPA for Arthur Young & Company in Dallas and Controller for Systems Center, Inc.
Gary is a lifelong Texan and received a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. As a proud alumnus, Gary has served the University in a number of capacities, including on the McCombs School Advisory Council. Gary is a Certified Public Accountant, serves on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln National Corporation, and is the current Chairman of the Board for Airlines for America, the airline industry advocacy group (Gary also served as Chairman from 2012 - 2014). Gary is a member of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Board and is a current member of the Business Council and the Southwestern Medical Foundation Board of Trustees.
Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology
Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
Hau L. Lee is the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is the current Co-Director of the Stanford Value Chain Innovations Initiative. Professor Lee’s expertise is on global supply chain management and value chain innovations. He has published widely in top journals, has been the former Editor-in-Chief of Management Science and the former President of the Production and Operations Management Society. He is a Fellow of INFORMS, POMS, and MSOM, and has been inducted to the US National Academy of Engineering. His paper on the bullwhip effect has been voted as one of the ten most influential papers in the history of Management Science. Besides extensive consulting, he co-founded DemandTec that went public in NASDAQ in 2007. He was the founding chairman of SCM World, which was acquired by Gartner in 2016. He currently serves as an independent non-executive director for TD SYNNEX, the world’s largest technology distributor.
Barbara L. Melvin
Chief Operating Officer
South Carolina Ports Authority
As Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Melvin oversees terminal operations, carrier sales, information technology and support services, intermodal, inland ports, crane and equipment maintenance, engineering, environmental, Port Police, procurement, the logistics solution center, and cruise operations. Ms. Melvin also serves as the SCPA’s lead staff person on the Charleston Harbor Post 45 Project.
On July 1, 2022, Ms. Melvin will become president and CEO of South Carolina Ports 1. Melvin will be the sixth leader in the history of the port and the first woman to lead a top 10 U.S. operating container port.
During her 20+ years with SCPA, Ms. Melvin has held several senior leadership positions, including Senior Vice President, Operations and Terminals, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, and Vice President, Government Relations. Before joining the Port in 1998, she served as Director of Government Relations for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and as a policy analyst for the Georgia Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Georgia Southern University with a minor in international relations and a Masters in Business Administration in Global Supply Chain from the University of Tennessee Haslam School of Business.
Indra K. Nooyi
Ms. Nooyi has been a director on Amazon’s Board since February 2019. Ms. Nooyi was the Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, Inc., a multinational food, snack, and beverage company, from October 2006 to October 2018, where she also served as the Chair of its board of directors from May 2007 to February 2019. She was elected to PepsiCo’s board of directors and became its President and Chief Financial Officer in 2001, and held leadership roles in finance and corporate strategy and development after joining PepsiCo in 1994. Ms. Nooyi has served as a director of Royal Philips since May 2021 and a director of Schlumberger Limited from April 2015 to April 2020. Ms. Nooyi is not registered under the Department of Justice’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
Ms. Nooyi’s impressive career, spanning critical sectors that rely on globally connected supply chains, has given her a unique and useful perspective surrounding the current global supply chain challenges. During her tenure as CEO of PepsiCo, Ms. Nooyi managed enormous and time-sensitive supply chains. Her leadership in supply chain management was recognized by the Global Supply Chain Leaders Group, which named her CEO of the Year by the in July 2009.
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Sean M. O’Brien is a fourth generation Teamster and the General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He was initiated in 1991, working in the Rigging Industry. Since 1999, Sean has held nearly all positions for Teamsters Local 25. In 2006, Sean became the youngest President in Local 25’s long history. Teamsters Local 25 represents more than 12,500 members and their families in Greater Boston. In 2011, Sean was elected Eastern Region International Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Sean also served as Secretary-Treasurer/Principal Executive Officer of New England Teamsters Joint Council 10 representing 55,000 Teamsters in six New England States. General President O’Brien was elected to lead the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in November 2021 and was sworn in as General President in March 2022. The Teamsters Union consists of 1.3 million members within nearly 1900 Teamster affiliates throughout the United States, Canada, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
President and CEO
Sunkist Growers, Inc. and Fruit Growers Supply
Jim Phillips was elected President and CEO of Sunkist Growers, Inc. and Fruit Growers Supply in 2019. Prior to leading the two farmer-owned cooperatives, Phillips served as President of Porterville Citrus, one of California’s largest citrus packinghouses. He brings more than 30 years of experiences in growing, packing and marketing fruit to his position at Sunkist Growers.
Phillips grew up on his family’s farm in the Central Valley of California and developed an appetite for the business at a young age. He went on to spend most of his career leading Sunkist- affiliated packinghouses, and operations for Wonderful citrus. He has served on a number of industry boards, including Sunkist and Fruit Grower Supply boards prior to becoming President.
Michael A. Podue
International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 63
Mr. Podue has over 40 years of experience working in longshoring and as a clerk at port facilities along the West Coast, including the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Mr. Podue began work as a longshoreman in 1981 and became a second-generation International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) member in January 1982. Mr. Podue spent 4 years working at a container freight station, and then operating heavy equipment, lashing cargo and the full range of job responsibilities for longshoremen.
Chairman, CEO, and President
Tom Polen is the chairman, CEO and president of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company). Polen leads the $20 billion global medical technology company and works alongside 75,000+ BD associates who are making an impact and fulfilling the company’s purpose of advancing the world of health™. Polen is focused on advancing BD’s role in redefining the future of healthcare by accelerating the innovation of advanced, cutting-edge technologies and solutions. Polen has served in a range of leadership roles in his 25-year career. After leading BD through two large-scale acquisitions and spearheading its expansion into informatics and digital health solutions, he was named president and chief operating officer of BD. Polen became CEO in 2020 and chairman of the board of directors in 2021.
Polen serves on the board of directors of Advamed and Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation. He is a member of the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable and serves on the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Polen holds a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University and a master’s in business administration from Johns Hopkins University.
Port of Los Angeles
Gene Seroka is the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, which has experienced historic, record-breaking performances since his appointment in 2014. A respected global trade expert and industry-known leader, he brings more than 33 years of experience in shipping, global logistics and executive management to America’s Port®. As Executive Director of the busiest container port in North America, Seroka is responsible for managing a budget that exceeds $1.7 billion, advancing major capital projects, growing trade volumes and promoting innovative, sustainable practices that strengthen the region’s economy. For more than 26 years, Seroka held several key positions—both nationally and internationally—in sales and management for American President Lines (APL) Limited, prior to joining the Port. He holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of New Orleans. In addition to his role as Executive Director, he concurrently serves as Chief Logistics Officer for the City of Los Angeles.
Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice
Harvard Business School
Dr. Shih is a professor in the Technology and Operations Management unit at the Harvard Business School (HBS), where he focuses on manufacturing and supply chain issues for complex technical products. Prior to joining the HBS faculty, Dr. Shih worked in private industry for 28 years, holding senior management positions at IBM Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation, Silicon Graphics Computer Systems, and Eastman Kodak. While in private industry, Dr. Shih had direct responsibility for manufacturing operations in various countries, including the United States, Ireland, Mexico, Japan, and China. He is currently on the board of directors of FLEX Inc., the second largest electronic manufacturing and supply chain services provider in the world, and the board of directors of VEO Robotics. Dr. Shih is coauthor of the book Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance, and his paper “Restoring American Competitiveness” won the 2009 McKinsey Award for the best paper in the Harvard Business Review. Dr. Shih has also developed many case studies for the HBS curriculum that explore manufacturing issues in industries such as consumer electronics, media and entertainment, automobiles, aerospace, and semiconductors.
Elizabeth H. Shuler
Elizabeth H. Shuler is president of the AFL-CIO, a federation of 57 unions, 12.5 million working people across all sectors of the U.S. economy. She is the first woman to hold the office of president in the history of the labor federation. A visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, Shuler believes the labor movement is a powerful vehicle for progress and that unions are a central force in leading lasting societal transformations. Her leadership has focused on the future of work, clean energy economy, workforce development, and empowering women and young workers. She is committed to leveraging the labor movement’s diversity and power to advance social and economic justice, and to making the benefits of a union voice on the job available to working people everywhere.
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Juan Villa has more than 40 years of professional experience. For over 25 years he has been involved in research and consulting in goods movement, supply chain, transportation and trade infrastructure development, and gathering and analyzing information and data to measure supply chain performance. For the last 20 years, he has performed research activities at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). He has vast experience in analyzing international trade flows and supply chains to identify impacts in the transportation system. He is currently managing TTI’s Mexico City office.
Chairman and Co-founder
Jeff Wilke is Chairman and co-founder of Re:Build Manufacturing, a private company helping to bolster America’s industrial competitiveness by leveraging new technology in partnership with US-based customers and suppliers to create thousands of new American jobs in factories around the country.
Jeff retired as Amazon’s CEO Worldwide Consumer in February 2021. During his more than 21 years as a corporate officer, he led Amazon’s retail and third-party stores, fulfillment, logistics, supply chain, marketing, Prime, and technology teams. Jeff joined Amazon in 1999 to lead the buildout of global operations, and his operations team created the infrastructure and technology that led directly to Amazon Prime. Jeff led teams that launched Prime Video, Prime Now, Prime Day, Amazon Fashion, and many other innovations that are now part of the Amazon customer experience. Jeff also oversaw Amazon’s acquisition and integration of Whole Foods Market. He helped create Amazon’s corporate culture, processes, and mechanisms, including Amazon’s Leadership Principles, which codified the company’s unique DNA for generations of leaders. He brought to Amazon a playbook with principles and processes from manufacturing, including Lean and Six Sigma, and corporate processes such as the HR mechanisms that shaped how Amazon evaluated and grew talent.