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African-American leaders with a seat at the table

May 12th, 2018


Carol Crenshaw

Carol Crenshaw is among Chicago-area African American business leaders who also sit on corporate boards. In her day job, Crenshaw is chief financial officer and vice president of finance for the nonprofit Chicago Community Trust. She also sits on the board of tronc, which publishes the Chicago Tribune.

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;

Barbara Bowles (retired chairman of Kenwood Group Inc.) on WEC Energy Group 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);

Carol Crenshaw (CFO of Chicago Community Trust) on tronc board;

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 PIMCO Funds and State Auto Financial boards;

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

Linda Johnson Rice

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;

Lyle Logan (executive at Northern Trust) on Adtalem Global Education and Heidrick & Struggles boards;

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

Eric McKissack (CEO of Channing Capital Management) on the FlexShares board of Northern Trust and on the mutual funds board of Morgan Stanley.

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

Marty Nesbitt (co-CEO Vistria Group  and chairman Obama Foundation) on American Airlines; Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL); 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 MDC Partners Inc., Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. board;

John Rogers Jr. (Ariel Investments CEO) sits on the boards of the New York Times, 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

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 (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;

Charles Tribbett (executive at Russell Reynolds)  is on the Northern Trust board;

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

Alex Washington (managing director at Wind Point Partners) on board of Wintrust Bank.

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