Deirdre Drake is Executive Vice-President and Chief People Officer for UScellular Corporation, a position she has held since April 2014. As EVP and CPO, Deirdre leads the Human Resources and Communications organizations and is responsible for delivering integrated human capital solutions that enable UScellular to achieve its strategic objectives.
Deirdre was born and raised in Flint, MI. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and her MBA from St. Joseph’s University.
Deirdre’s career in human resources prior to joining UScellular included senior leadership roles with ARAMARK Corporation as well as BMO/Harris Bank. Earlier in her career, she worked with Marathon Oil Company and Kraft General Foods.
Deirdre has several civic affiliations and personal accomplishments. She delivered the winter commencement address and received an honorary doctorate from Central Michigan University in 2018. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, and a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association. She serves on the boards of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and the Chicago Public Library Foundation. Deirdre also dedicates time and treasure to UCAN, NAAAHR, By the Hand Club For Kids and Impact Grants Chicago.
Deirdre is single and has no children. She dedicates her family time to her sisters, niece and nephew.