Dean's Advisory Council: David I. Beatson
Mr. Beatson is Chief Executive Officer of Ascent Advisors, LLC a consulting firm he founded in 2000. The firm provides strategic direction to firms in the logistics and supply chain industry, as well as, merger and acquisition advice for private equity firms investing in the industry.
Mr. Beatson is a recognized leader in the field of transportation, logistics and supply chain management having served as President and CEO of several leading companies in the industry. From 2007 until 2012 he was CEO of Globalware Solutions, a global digital and physical supply chain management company with facilities in North America, Asia and Europe. From July 2003 to April 2005, Mr. Beatson served as Regional CEO, North America and Member of the Executive Board of Panalpina, Inc., a leading provider of international air and sea freight forwarding, customs brokerage and third party logistics services. From July 1998 to June 2000, Mr. Beatson served as Chairman, President and CEO of Circle International Group, Inc., a global transportation and logistics company. From 1991 to June 1994, Mr. Beatson served as vice-president of sales and marketing and then from June 1994 until July 1998 as President and CEO of Emery Worldwide, a global transportation and logistics company.
Prior to 1991, Mr. Beatson held several management positions in the logistics and transportation industry, including American Airlines and CF Airfreight. Mr. Beatson currently serves as an industry representative member of the Executive Advisory Committee to the National Industrial Transportation League, to which the Air Freight Association elected him in 1995. He serves on the Boards of Directors at PFSweb (NASDAQ: PFSW) where he is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee, and at Descartes Systems (NASDAQ: DSGX) where he is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees, as well as on the Boards of two privately held companies. Mr. Beatson is also a member of the Executive Board of ATL Partners, a private equity fund.
He is involved in numerous community and charitable organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.