Dean's Advisory Council: David I. Beatson
David I. Beatson is the Chief Executive Officer of GlobalWare Solutions (GWS), a full-service provider of supply chain management solutions with operations in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining GWS, he served as the Principal and Founder of Ascent Advisors, LLC. — a strategic advisory firm that provides industry consulting and M&A advise to private equity and venture capital firms, and strategic advisory services to corporations in the transportation, logistics and supply chain industry.
Mr. Beatson was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of North America for Panalpina, Inc., a $5 billion global transportation and logistics supplier based in Basel, Switzerland. Mr. Beatson has also served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Circle International Group, Inc., a global transportation and logistics company. He also was president and chief executive officer of U.S.-based air-freight forwarder Emery Worldwide. As Emery CEO he led one of the industry’s most dramatic turnarounds, growing revenue to $2.3 billion in 1997 while achieving the most profitable three years in Emery’s history. He joined Emery in 1991 as vice president of sales and marketing. During his three years in this position, Emery reversed its losses, regained customer confidence and began to show its first profits in a decade. Mr. Beatson also served as vice president of cargo sales and marketing for American Airlines, and vice president of national accounts for CF Airfreight.
He serves on the boards of directors of several public and private corporations, including PFSweb (NASDAQ: PFSW), ActiveAero and Aviarc. He also serves on a variety of industry boards, including the Council of Logistics Management, and is involved in various philanthropic and charitable endeavors. He is a member of the Olympic Club and the World Trade Club of San Francisco.
Mr. Beatson graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Cincinnati.
He and his wife, Diana, have two sons and reside in Hillsborough, California.