2016 Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America Announced by Savoy Magazine

by LP Green, II

Savoy Magazine, a leading African-American lifestyle publication, showcases its 2016 “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.” The issue also features an exclusive interview with John W. Thompson, Microsoft Chairman and CEO of Virtual Instruments. 

Savoy's Spring 2016 Issue features Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson and The Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America

Spring 2016 Issue

Savoy Magazine has announced its 2016 “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” in the 15th Anniversary Spring issue and online. The Savoy Top 100 is the definitive listing of African-American executives, influencers and achievers proactively impacting corporate America. John W. Thompson, Chairman of Microsoft and CEO of Virtual Instruments, is on the cover and featured in an exclusive interview.

“Savoy is proud to balance and diversify the mainstream narrative and perspective on professional success in America. From our cover story with Microsoft Chairman John Thompson, to the executives recognized in our 2016 Savoy Top 100, we cover Black leadership, influence and achievement in important ways,” stated L.P. Green, II, Publisher of Savoy Magazine. “We are continually inspired by the success of the executives recognized and we salute the corporations that support and value their diverse contributions.”

John W. Thompson, who is a tech industry icon, finished a distinguished 27 year, nine month and 13 day career with IBM to become the CEO of internet security giant Symantec in 1999. In 10 years as CEO, Thompson’s leadership grew Symantec from $600 million to $6.5 billion in revenue. He was also the first and only African-American CEO of a major technology company at the time. In an exclusive interview, Thompson shares insights on leading the search that led to the appointment of Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. He also discussed diversity and inclusion trends in the technology industry and how he shaped his career with an intense focus on results.

Executives recognized in Savoy’s 2016 Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America include:

  • Phyllis Anderson, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Express Scripts Holding Company
  • Rock Anderson Jr.,  Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, Cox Automotive
  • Craig Arnold, Incoming Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Eaton
  • Orlando Ashford, President, Holland America Line, Carnival
  • Damien Atkins, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Panasonic Corporation of North America
  • Cynthia “Cindy” Augustine, Global Chief Talent Officer, FCB
  • Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Executive Vice President, Treasurer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Alicia Boler-Davis, Senior Vice President, Global Connected Customer Experience, General Motors Company
  • Torrence Boone, Vice President, Global Agency Sales & Services, Google
  • David P. Bozeman, Senior Vice President, Enterprise System Group, Caterpillar Inc.
  • Shannon A. Brown, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer, FedEx Express, FedEx
  • Erika Irish Brown, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Bloomberg L.P.
  • Priscilla Sims Brown, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, AXA Financial, AXA US
  • Reginald M. Browne, Senior Managing Director, Cantor Fitzgerald
  • Lawyer L. Burks III, Vice President of Commercial Construction Division, Illinois Tool Works
  • Ursula M. Burns, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox
  • Lisa Jeffries Caldwell, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Reynolds American Inc.
  • Ann-Marie Campbell, President of the Southern Division, The Home Depot
  • Valentino D. Carlotti, Head of the Securities Division Institutional Client Group, Goldman Sachs
  • Chris Carr, Executive Vice President, Licensed Retail Stores, U.S. & Americas, Starbucks
  • Edward (Chuck) Chaplin, President and Chief Administrative Officer, MBIA
  • Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, American Express
  • Thomas Clarkson, President, West Territory, Allstate
  • Victor L. Crawford, President & Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare, Education & Facilities, Aramark
  • Mandell L. Crawley, Managing Director, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Morgan Stanley
  • Grady L. Crosby, Vice President, Public Affairs, Johnson Controls
  • Kevin Dallas, Corporate Vice President, Internet of Things, Microsoft Corporation
  • Edward L. Dandridge, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Marsh & McLennan Companies
  • Kem Danner, Head of Human Resources & Senior Vice President, State Street Global Advisors
  • Troy Datcher, Vice President – Global Customer Capability Development and Sports Marketing, The Clorox Company
  • Ralph de Chabert, Senior Vice President, Brown-Forman Corporation
  • Ray Dempsey, Jr., Vice President & Head of External Affairs, BP America, BP
  • Pascal Desroches, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
  • Arnold W. Donald, President and Chief Executive Officer, Carnival
  • Marvin Ellison, Chief Executive Officer, JCPenney
  • Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, TIAA
  • Tamara Franklin, Executive Vice President, Digital, Scripps Networks Interactive
  • Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Rick A. Frazier, Chief Product Supply Officer, Coca-Cola Refreshments, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Jacob A. Gayle, Vice President of Philanthropy and President of Medtronic Foundation, Medtronic, Inc.
  • Dwight Gibson, President, Climate Strategic Initiatives, Ingersoll Rand
  • Barry M. Granger, Vice President-Global Government Affairs, DuPont
  • Darrel Hackett, President, BMO Wealth Management, U.S., BMO Financial Group
  • Brett J. Hart, Acting Chief Executive Officer, United
  • Thomas Harvey, Senior Vice President, Enhanced Client Services, Global Customer Service, AT&T
  • Cain A. Hayes, President, National Accounts, Aetna
  • Marc A. Howze, Vice President, Global Human Resources and Employee Communications, Deere & Company
  • Louis J. Hutchinson, III, Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas
  • Michael C. Hyter, Senior Partner, Office Managing Director, Korn Ferry
  • Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, Managing Director – Head of Relationship Management, EMEA Fundamental, Commercial Group, Moody’s Investors Service
  • Jamere Jackson, Chief Financial Officer, Nielsen
  • Wilbert W. (Wil) James, Jr., President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., Toyota
  • Michael G. Johnson, Chief Human Resources Officer, UPS
  • Netha Johnson, Division Vice President, Advanced Materials Division, 3M Company
  • Samuel (Sam) Johnson, Managing Partner, Northeast Region, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Christopher T. Jones, Corporate Vice President and President, Northrop Grumman Technology Services, Northrop Grumman
  • Michael A. Jones, Chief Customer Officer, Lowe’s
  • Nicole Jones, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Cigna
  • Gale V. King, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Nationwide
  • William “Bill” F. Kornegay Jr., Senior Vice President, Supply Management, Hilton Worldwide
  • Clinton A. Lewis, Jr., Executive Vice President & President of International Operations, Zoetis
  • Derek R. Lewis, Senior Vice President, Field Operations, PepsiCo North America Beverages, PepsiCo
  • Robert A. Marchman, Executive Vice President, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • Richard Mark, President, Ameren Illinois Companies (AIC), Ameren Corporation
  • Lawrence D. McRae, Vice Chairman and Corporate Development Officer, Corning
  • Deirdre Guice Minor, Managing Director, UBS Asset Management & Client Advisor, UBS
  • Charles Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Infor
  • Derica W. Rice, Executive Vice President, Global Services and Chief Financial Officer, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Quentin Roach, Chief Procurement Officer & Senior Vice President, Merck & Co. Inc.
  • Chris Roberts, President, Value Added Protein, Cargill
  • Craig Robinson, President, Colliers International Group Inc.
  • Michael Sherman, Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Harold Singleton III, Head of Client Portfolio Management, Lincoln Financial Group
  • Keisha Smith-Jeremie, Chief Human Resources Officer, News Corp.
  • Salaam Coleman Smith, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Programming for FREEFORM Network, ABC
  • Trisch L. Smith, Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Edelman
  • Skip Spriggs, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, TIAA
  • Byron O. Spruell, Vice Chairman, Central Region Marketplace Leader and Chicago Managing Principal, Deloitte LLP
  • Robert (Bob) N. Stargel Jr., Vice President, Global Nonwovens, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Dmitri Stockton, Chairman, President and CEO, GE Asset Management, GE
  • Perry Stuckey, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Eastman Chemical Company
  • Mark A. Tatum, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer, National Basketball Association
  • Scott Taylor, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Symantec
  • A. Charles Thomas, Executive Vice President, Chief Data Officer, Wells Fargo
  • Brannigan C. Thompson, Senior Vice President, Head of Strategic Organizational Development, Voya Financial
  • Garvis Toler III, Global Head of Capital Markets, NYSE
  • Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kaiser Permanente
  • John O. Utendahl, Executive Vice Chairman, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Anton Vincent, President Snacks Division, General Mills
  • Troy Vincent, Sr., Executive Vice President, Football Operations, National Football League
  • Laysha L. Ward, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Target
  • Kevin M. Warren, Corporate Vice President – Industrial, Retail and Hospitality Business Group, Xerox Services
  • Jeffrey Webster, Global Manager, Learning & Professional Development Fuels and Lubricants, ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Anré Williams, President, Global Merchant Services & Loyalty Group, American Express Company
  • Kamilah D. Williams-Kemp, President and CEO of the Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance, Northwestern Mutual
  • Dontá L. Wilson, Group/State President, BB&T
  • Dalila Wilson-Scott, Head of Global Philanthropy & President, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, JPMorgan Chase
  • Jacqueline Woods, Global Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, IBM Global Financing, IBM Corporation
  • Michael A. Wright, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Covanta
  • Christopher Young, Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Intel Security Group, Intel Corporation

Selection of the “Top 100 Blacks in Corporate America” begins by examining the landscape of spheres of influence impacting Savoy’s readership including: corporate sector influence, scholastic achievement, career growth, community outreach and recognition.

The information received from over 500 prospective candidates is pre-screened by the selection committee that includes Savoy’s editorial board, community leaders, and representatives from the academic and business arenas. The committee reviewed information on executives from an extensive group of industries ranging from banking and finance to healthcare and technology. After reviewing all of the profiles, the field of candidates is fine-tuned to the 2016 “Top 100 Most Influential” listing based upon their exemplary professional accomplishments, community achievements and ability to inspire others.

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