David Sterling

Managing Director



  • Cold Chain Management
  • Food Distribution
  • Financial and Supply Chain Modeling
  • Manufacturing
  • Consumer Products

Professional Expertise

David joined Savills Studley in 2016 with more than 30 years’ experience in finance and supply chain management from both a consulting and industry perspective. His multidisciplinary background provides an excellent perspective which he has leveraged in several areas across the supply chain. Over the last several years, David has especially focused in the areas of distribution and network design, transportation management and optimization, distribution strategies, and cold chain management. His focus on distribution management system design has incorporated optimal mixes of third party logistics providers from multiple supply chain areas, as well as internal company-managed solutions. He has performed supply chain management work throughout several industries, including transportation, telecommunications, consumer products, food service, retail, manufacturing and service industries. David is also a co-founder of the Integrated Food Chain (IFC) Center at Georgia, an industry/academic joint initiative to identify and resolve critical integration issues across the end-to-end food chain.

David's background was greatly impacted during the early part of his career through eight years of management experience with supply chain industry leader, Federal Express. As the leader of the internal consulting group, David was responsible for identifying long-term improvement processes throughout the entire FedEx global network and addressing critical issues impacting FedEx operations. His responsibilities included leading initiatives to address service issues in Asia, Europe and throughout the U.S. A key element of his responsibilities also included development of operational risk management initiatives throughout the world. Because of the wide-ranging impact of the group’s work, his scope of responsibilities included regular interaction with FedEx senior executive management.

David's experience also includes five years at consulting leader, Cap Gemini/Ernst & Young, where as a member of executive management, he led comprehensive supply chain engagements for major corporate clients. His focus industry segments included telecommunications, utilities, transportation and distribution. In addition, David was a member of the Global Sourcing and Suppler Management Committee which developed leading edge strategies for client projects. His major responsibilities included sales, client management, and project delivery for millions of dollars of revenue on an annual basis. David left Cap Gemini to cofound a boutique supply chain management consulting firm which he managed for more than 18 years. At this firm, he was responsible for practice management as well as project management initiatives in its logistics and distribution practice in a practice with hundreds of engagements.

Activities & Achievements

In 2013, David was named as a “Pros to Know” award winner by Supply & Demand Chain Executive. He was part of the co-founding team of the Integrated Food Chain Research Center at Georgia Tech an industry/academic joint initiative to identify and resolve critical integration issues across the end-to-end food chain.

David is also very active in civic and church ministry organizations. He has previously served as the chairman of the board of trustees at Evangelical Christian School (ECS), a large multi-campus private school in the Memphis area. His board responsibilities have included chairing the Strategic Planning Committee and serving on the Executive Committee.


David holds an MBA from Christian Brothers University and is certified as a CPA (inactive) in the State of Tennessee. He began his career as a CPA for Deloitte Touche, where he spent nearly three years.

David Sterling