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Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute to Honor D. Scott Davis of UPS with Legend in Leadership Award

D. Scott Davis, non-executive chairman and outgoing CEO of UPS, will accept the Legend in Leadership Award of the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute tomorrow at a ceremony to be held at the Yale CEO Caucus in Washington, D.C.

New Haven, Conn., September 15, 2014—D. Scott Davis, non-executive chairman and outgoing CEO of UPS, will accept the Legend in Leadership Award of the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute tomorrow at a ceremony to be held at the Yale CEO Caucus in Washington, D.C.

D. Scott Davis

The award will be presented to Mr. Davis by Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T.

Caucus organizer Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean for executive programs at the Yale School of Management, commented: "Scott Davis has an accessible, engaging style. He possesses a rare ability to talk with authenticity and credibility to every key UPS constituency, from rank and file delivery drivers to technology pioneers, key customers, peer industrialists, financial titans, and heads of state. He is widely admired by his peer CEOs for his distinctive blend of accomplishment and humility as well as his effective leadership of key global trade initiatives and bold technologically driven delivery service advances."

Under Davis's leadership, UPS has made significant improvements in its logistics network as the company has expanded its reach and capabilities through Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Davis has presided over rapid growth in international operations and supply chain and freight. In 2010, he led a strategic transformation of the company's U.S. small-package organizational structure. Also, he has overseen UPS's status as a sustainability leader, including improvements in the fuel efficiency of the UPS air and ground fleet, along with the deployment of the industry's largest alternative fuel fleet. A leading advocate for increased global trade and export growth, in 2010 he joined the President's Export Council, the principal national advisory committee on international trade. In addition, he is a member of the Business Roundtable and, at the end of 2009, he completed a term as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

The Legend in Leadership Award was created 23 years ago to honor current and former CEOs who serve as living legends to inspire chief executives across industries, sectors, and nations. Past recipients include: Fu Chengyu of Sinopec, Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo, Jeff Immelt of GE, Jeff Bewkes of Time Warner, Frank Blake of Home Depot, Dave Cote of Honeywell, Ellen Kullman of DuPont, Alan Mulally of Ford, Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical Company, Duncan Niederauer of the NYSE, Ken Chenault of American Express, David Stern of the NBA, Ratan Tata of the TATA Group, Mike Ullman of JCPenney, Infosys founder Nandan Nilekani, Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, Robert Iger of Walt Disney, Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone, Roger Enrico of PepsiCo, John Pepper of Procter & Gamble, Don Keough of Coca-Cola Co., McKinsey founder Marvin Bower, Jim Kelly of UPS, Vanguard founder Jack Bogle, Ivan Seidenberg of Verizon, Richard Teerlink of Harley-Davidson, Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson, financier Wilbur Ross, and Lou Gerstner of IBM.

The Yale CEO Caucus will take place on September 16 at the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute's Washington office, 101 Constitution Avenue NW, overlooking the Capitol. While most Caucus discussions are off the record, members of the press are invited to join us at 5:00 p.m. for the award presentation to Mr. Davis; the final session, "Strategies and Strife: Avoiding Being Singed in Seven Global Hot Spots"; and the closing reception.
The Caucus theme is "Corporate Priorities amid Congressional Uncertainties." Distinguished global corporate leaders from across industries will engage in lively, candid discussions at this invitation-only leaders' conference hosted by the Yale School of Management.

Additional Caucus participants include: Ed Rust, CEO, State Farm; David Abney, CEO, UPS; Richard Adkerson, CEO, Freeport-McMoRan; James Lawrence, chairman, Rothschild; Mike Petters, CEO, Huntington Ingalls; Stephen Holmes, CEO, Wyndham Worldwide; Gary Knell, CEO, National Geographic; John Lundgren, CEO, Stanley Black & Decker; Dave Melcher, CEO, Exelis; Nick Pinchuk, CEO, Snap-on Incorporated; Tom Quinlan, CEO, R.R. Donnelley & Sons; Elaine Chao, former U.S. Secretary of Labor; Ralph Reed, president, Century Strategies; and Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform, along with Senators John McCain of Arizona, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Dan Coats of Indiana.

Conference partners include: Edelman, EY, Korn Ferry, Microsoft, Patriarch Partners, Leslie Miller Saiontz, Alvarez & Marsal, and UPS.

The Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute was founded in 1989 to provide original research on top leadership and lively, current educational forums through peer-driven learning for accomplished leaders across a range of sectors. For more information, visit

For an interview with Jeffrey Sonnenfeld or to register for the final conference session and closing reception, please contact Tabitha Wilde, 203-432-6010;, or Joe DeLillo, 202-742-4452;