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African-American leaders with a seat at the table

April 8th, 2018

UPDATED 4/9–Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson was just named to the board of directors of JPMorgan Chase. Her appointment comes as companies are under greater scrutiny to diversify their leadership ranks. Following are some Chicago-area African-American business leaders who have seats at the corporate table. Also listed: (where they work) and the boards on which they sit.

Tony Anderson (former  Ernst & Young exec) sits on the boards of AAR Corp., Exelon and  Avery Dennison packaging company in California;

James Bell (retired Boeing executive) on Apple, J.P.Morgan Chase and Dow Chemical boards;

Robert Blackwell (CEO of Killerspin) on U.S. Bank regional advisory board;

Carole Brown (CFO of City of Chicago) on AAA–the Auto Club Group board;

Todd Brown (former Kraft executive) on Horizon BCBS of New Jersey board;

Peter Bynoe (Managing Director of Equity Group Investments) on Covanta Holding and Frontier Communications boards;

Frank Clark (president of the Chicago Board of Education) on Aetna and Waste Management Inc. boards;

Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins (president of Cambium LLC) on boards of Ulta and CIBC (in Canada);

Helene Gayle (CEO of Chicago Community Trust) on Coca-Cola and Colgate-Palmolive boards;

Brett Hart (executive VP at United) on Abbvie board;

Mellody Hobson (president of Ariel Investments) on JPMorgan Chase, Starbucks  and Estée Lauder Companies boards;


Michele Hooper (business leader) on United airlines and United Health Group boards;

Kym Hubbard (retired Ernst & Young exec) on State Auto Financial board;

Valerie Jarrett (former aide to President Barack Obama) on Lyft, Ariel Investments and 2U tech company boards;

Linda Johnson Rice (Ebony Media CEO) on Tesla, GrubHub and Omnicom Group boards;

Aylwin Lewis (former CEO Potbelly) on Marriott International and Walt Disney Corp. boards;

Cheryl Mayberry McKissack (CEO of Nia Enterprises) on Deluxe Corp. board;

Gary McCullough (former CEO ARI Packaging) on Transdigm board;

Marty Nesbitt (co-CEO Vistria Group  and chairman Obama Foundation) on American Airlines and Norfolk Southern Corp. boards;

John Rogers Jr

Roderick Palmore (Dentons law firm senior counsel) on CBOE Holdings Inc., Express Scripts Holding Co., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. boards;

David Rawlinson (W.W. Grainger exec) on Nielson Holdings board;

Desiree Rogers (board chairman of Choose Chicago) on Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. board;

John Rogers Jr. (Ariel Investments CEO) is a veteran on the boards of McDonald’s and Exelon;

Debra Sandler (La Grenade Group founder) on Archer Daniels Midland board;

Sam Scott (Corn Products retired CEO) on Abbott Laboratories, Bank of New York Mellon and Motorola Solutions boards;

Maurice Smith (president Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois) on Dearborn National Life Insurance board;

Sheila Talton (CEO of Gray Matter Analytics) on John Deere and Sysco boards;

Don Thompson

Don Thompson (former CEO of McDonald’s who founded Cleveland Avenue investment firm) is on Northern Trust Corp. and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. boards;

Michael Todman (retired Whirlpool exec) on Brown-Forman Corp., Newell Brands and Prudential Financial boards;

Linda Walker Bynoe (CEO of Telemat consulting firm) on Equity Residential and Northern Trust Corp. boards.

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2 Responses to African-American leaders with a seat at the table

  1. Pingback: Ariel Investments' Hobson joins JPMorgan Chase board

  2. It’s wonderful to see diversity in the boardroom. As a Filipino-American, I often wonder when the business world would see some representation from this talented business leaders.

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