United States Cellular Corporation (NYSE:USM) yesterday announced that the Board of Directors has nominated Deirdre C. Drake, UScellular executive vice president, to serve on the UScellular Board. Drake will stand for election at the company’s annual meeting of shareholders on May 18, 2021. She replaces Kurt B. Thaus, TDS senior vice president, technology services, who has served with distinction for seven years.
“We believe good governance involves continuous review of Board composition and the skill sets required to oversee our long-term strategies. The culture at UScellular, known as the Dynamic Organization, has always been a competitive advantage, and nominating Ms. Drake to the Board recognizes her significant contributions to driving improved associate engagement, talent development, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion focus and succession planning – all topics the Board is very intent on,” said LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., UScellular Board chairman.
As Executive Vice President, Drake leads the human resources and corporate communications functions at UScellular and is responsible for delivering integrated human resources solutions that directly enable the achievement of UScellular’s strategic objectives. She collaborates with various teams to ensure there is appropriate support for and communications about the organization’s mission and vision of providing an excellent customer experience. Ms. Drake joined UScellular in April 2014.
Prior to joining UScellular, she was managing director and chief human resources officer for the Bank of Montreal Financial Group-Capital Markets Division.
Drake earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in business administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She also received an honorary doctorate in commercial science from Central Michigan University.