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Business Leaders of Color Featured in the 2017 Black Enterprise Registry of Corporate Directors

Thursday, September 14, 2017  
Posted by: Caitlin Yee
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Original Release: SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

Chicago United Business Leaders of Color Featured in the 2017 Black Enterprise Registry of Corporate Directors


John W. Rogers Jr., Chairman & CEO, Ariel Investments L.L.C. and 
James A. Bell, Former EVP, CFO & Corporate President, The Boeing Co.

 
This week Black Enterprise released the 2017 Registry of Corporate Directors list highlighting the African Americans who serve on the boards of directors of America’s largest publicly traded corporations. John W. Rogers Jr., Chairman & CEO, Ariel Investments, and 2006 Bridge Advocate Awards recipient, and James A. Bell, Former EVP, CFO & Corporate President, The Boeing Co. and 2005 Business Leader of Color, were featured on the cover to announce this year's list. 

This year, Black Enterprise expanded the participating companies from 300 to 500, concluding that 292 African Americans sit on the board of directors of 303 companies.
 
Please join us in congratulating the Chicago United Business Leaders of Color who serve on the boards of directors at America’s top corporations:
  • Anthony K. Anderson, Retired Vice Chair & Managing Partner, Midwest Region, Ernst & Young L.L.P.
    • Boards: Avery Dennison Corp.; Exelon Corp. Marsh & McLennan Cos.
  • Brian P. Anderson, Former EVP, Finance & CFO, OfficeMax Inc.
    •  Boards: PulteGroup Inc.; Stericycle Inc.; W.W. Grainger Inc.
  • James A. Bell, Former EVP, CFO & Corporate President, The Boeing Co.
    • Boards:  Apple Inc.; Dow Chemical; JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Frank M. Clark Jr., President, Chicago Board of Education; Retired Chairman & CEO, ComEd Co. 
    • Boards: Aetna Inc.; Waste Management Inc.
  • Nelda J. Connors, Founder, Chairwoman & CEO, Pine Grove Holdings L.L.C.
    • Board: Boston Scientific Corp.
  • Kermit R. Crawford, Former President, Pharmacy, Health & Wellness, Walgreen Co.
    • Board: Allstate Corp.
  • Brett J. Hart, EVP, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, United Continental Holdings Inc.
    • Board: AbbVie Inc.
  • Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments L.L.C.
    • Boards: Estée Lauder Cos.; Starbucks Corp.
  • Aylwin B. Lewis, Former Chairman, President & CEO, Potbelly Sandwich Works L.L.C.
    • Boards: Marriott International; Walt Disney Co.
  • Roderick A. Palmore, Senior Counsel, Dentons US L.L.P.
    • Boards: CBOE Holdings Inc.; Express Scripts Holding Co.; Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
  • Paula A. Sneed, CEO, Phelps Prescott Group L.L.C. 
    • Boards: Charles Schwab Corp.; TE Connectivity Ltd.
  • Sheila G. Talton, President & CEO, Gray Matter Analytics 
    • Board: Deere & Co.
  • Donald Thompson, Founder & CEO, Cleveland Avenue L.L.C. 
    • Boards: Northern Trust Corp.; Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
  • Charles A. Tribbett III, Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates
    • Board: Northern Trust Corp.
To access the full list, please visit The 2017 Black Enterprise Registry of Corporate Directors.
 

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