Ken Ackerman has been active in logistics and warehousing management for his entire career. Since 2007, he has also been a group chair for Vistage International, the world’s leading chief executive organization. Before entering the consulting field, he was chief executive of Distribution Centers, Inc., a public warehousing company which is now part of Exel Logistics USA. In 1980, Ackerman sold the company and joined the management consulting division of Coopers & Lybrand. Later, he formed the Ackerman Company, a management advisory service.
He is editor and publisher of Warehousing Forum, a monthly subscription newsletter. His newest book, Warehousing Profitably – 3rd Edition, was published in 2011. Other recent books include: Lean Warehousing, Auditing Warehouse Performance and Warehousing Tips. He is also a co-author (with Art VanBodegraven) of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, a 2007 book published by D. C. Velocity. Harvard Business Review published an article, "Making Warehousing More Efficient", co-authored by Bernard J. La Londe. His by-lined article “Just-in- Time, Right for Retail” was published in The New York Times. He is the author of numerous other articles dealing with warehousing and management.
He has the following educational and professional credentials: B.A., Princeton University
M.B.A., Harvard University
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals - Past President Warehousing Education and Research Council - Founder
Ken Ackerman has provided management advisory services to companies throughout the world. These clients include manufacturers, wholesale distributors, retailers, warehousing firms, carriers and trade associations. He has provided advisory support to several consulting firms. He has conducted training seminars on warehousing and has served as a speaker at many conferences. His fluency in Spanish enables him to lecture and consult in that language. His activity with Vistage International involves counseling and interaction with chief executives in many different fields.
Ken Ackerman was honored by Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) with a lifetime membership. He is the first person ever to receive similar recognition from three different organizations: CSCMP, IWLA and WERC. He received the Distinguished Service and Leadership Award from International Warehouse Logistics Association and had earlier received the Distinguished Service Award from Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. He is an honorary life member of the Ohio Warehousemen’s Association and a former director of American Warehouse Association.
In civic activities, he was chapter chairman for Young Presidents Organization. He is past president and founder of the Wellington School, former officer of Columbus Association for the Performing Arts and past president of Opera Columbus.