Gary Conrad

Leadership and Operations

Gary Conrad


Gary Conrad facilitates classes for both master’s degree students and corporate clients at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He has a proven ability to develop strategy and build high performance teams capable of identifying major business issues and opportunities. In 2015, Gary received the Distinguished Faculty Award.

Gary recently retired as CEO of Align Aerospace, a global hardware distributor and supply chain services provider supporting aerospace OEMs. Prior to this role, he was Executive Vice President for Anixter Inc., a global industrial distributor, where he managed an organization that closed and implemented the largest, most complex, and most profitable customer contracts and integrated supply deals in the company’s history.

With more than 20 years of executive experience, Gary applies a broad-based approach to leadership and operational issues using a variety of analytical strategies. His significant industrial distribution experience instilled the importance to continually reinvent business value. Prior to joining Anixter, Gary was national and regional sales manager for Wabash DataTech and Permacel Inc.

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Business Leader Faculty® Since 2013

Professional Experience

Retired CEO

Align Aerospace

Executive Vice President


National sales manager

Wabash DataTech

Regional sales manager

Permacel Inc


Lake Forest Graduate School of Management

Master in Business Administration

Gettysburg College

Bachelor of Arts

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