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Dave Clark

Flexport

Co-CEO

Dave Clark is the Co-CEO of Flexport, accountable for architecting and building innovative technological solutions for complicated global supply chain challenges. In his role, Dave has responsibility for Flexport’s worldwide results, which exceeded $3.3 billion in revenue in 2021. Dave has over 20 years of business leadership experience at Amazon. Throughout his career, Dave has built a reputation for logistical excellence, strategic thinking, a high degree of integrity, and a deep commitment to the customers his teams serve.

Dave began his career at Amazon in 1999 as an Operations Manager, working his way up to become the CEO of Amazon’s worldwide consumer business in 2021. While holding significant leadership roles, Dave was the driving force behind the development and expansion of Amazon’s fulfillment and logistics programs, which have become the backbone of the company’s retail business. He also oversaw several key divisions, including online stores, physical stores, third-party seller marketplaces, and the Amazon Prime subscription business, generating more than 75% of Amazon’s revenue in the first quarter of 2022. Dave helped define the vision for Amazon’s commitment to carbon neutrality as well, presenting a TED Talk in 2020 entitled: Amazon's climate pledge to be net-zero by 2040.

Currently, Dave is a member of the American Red Cross Board of Governors as a longtime advocate for the organization. His accolades include the 2016 University of Tennessee Accomplished Alumni Award and the 2018 Seattle Business Magazine Executive Excellence Award. He also recently returned to his alma mater as Auburn University’s 2022 Commencement Speaker. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Auburn University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.

Sessions With Dave Clark

Tuesday, 28 February

  • 08:45am - 09:15am (PST) / 28/feb/2023 04:45 pm - 28/feb/2023 05:15 pm

    TPM23 CEO Series: A Conversation With Flexport's Dave Clark

    As personnel moves go, it's hard to find a more notable one in the global logistics industry over the past year than Dave Clark, architect of Amazon's warehousing and transportation network, joining the forwarder Flexport as co-CEO in September (Clark assumes the title of CEO in March 2023). Flexport has emerged as a central figure in the world of logistics. That's partly due to its Silicon Valley venture capital funding — more than $3 billion at present — and what some would call its own marketing proficiency. But the forwarder also has seen revenue grow markedly, recording $3.3 billion in revenue in 2021, less than 10 years since its founding. Make no mistake, underneath the flash of Flexport's highly visible public profile is a global 3PL battling a fiercely competitive industry. Existing forwarders, from the world's top 25 behemoths to mid-market and regional players, have embraced the challenge to digitize and automate where possible. Liner carriers have augmented their footprint to include air, 3PLs, and technology offerings, and now have the financial muscle to underpin asset-based supply chain management services. Against that backdrop, Clark's move to Flexport is intriguing on a number of levels. Flexport founder and chairman Ryan Petersen called Clark “a builder and an entrepreneur at heart.” Can Clark help Flexport reach its full potential? How will Flexport fare alongside some of the world's biggest logistics companies? Will the company morph into a type of entity that has never existed before? In a one-on-one chat with Journal of Commerce Senior Technology Editor Eric Johnson, Clark — who surely had his pick of where he would go next and clearly saw something uniquely promising in Flexport — will discuss what motivated him to take the reins at Flexport, what career lessons are applicable to Flexport's next steps, and how the company fits into a fragmented, multidimensional market.