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John Thompson Chairman of Microsoft

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John W. Thompson joined the Microsoft Board in February 2012 and became independent chairman of Microsoft Corporation on Feb. 4, 2014.

Thompson is the chief executive officer of privately held Virtual Instruments, whose products are designed to ensure the performance and availability of applications deployed in virtualized and private cloud computing environments. Thompson is also the former chairman and CEO of Symantec Corp.

Since 2009, Thompson has been an active investor in early-stage technology companies in Silicon Valley.
During his 10-year tenure as CEO of Symantec.

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The Richest Black Woman In The World, Folorunsho Alakija

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VENTURES AFRICA/Africa’s Secret Millionaires – Move over, Oprah – there is a new richest black woman in the world. And she’s Nigerian.

Meet Folorunsho Alakija, a Nigerian billionaire oil tycoon, Fashion designer and philanthropist who is worth at least $3.3 billion- contrary to a recent Forbes Magazine ranking which pegs her net worth at only $600 million.

Alakija, 61, was born into a wealthy, polygamous Nigerian family. She started out her professional career in the mid 70s as a secretary at the now defunct International Merchant Bank of Nigeria, one of the country’s earliest investment banks. In the early 80s, Alakija quit her job and went on to study Fashion design in England, returning to Nigeria shortly afterwards to start Supreme Stitches, a premium Nigerian fashion label which catered exclusively to upscale clientele.

The business thrived, and Alakija quickly made a tidy fortune selling high-end Nigerian clothing to fashionable wives of military bigwigs and society women.

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David Drummond Chairman Google Capital

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David Drummond currently serves as senior vice president of corporate development for Alphabet. He previously served as senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer of Google. He joined Google in 2002 and led global teams for legal, public policy, communications, corporate development/mergers and acquisitions, and product quality operations.

He also serves as chairman of Google’s investment arms, Google Ventures and Google Capital. David was first introduced to Google in 1998 as a partner in the corporate transactions group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, one of the nation’s leading law firms representing technology businesses. He served as Google’s first outside counsel and worked with Larry Page and Sergey Brin to incorporate the company and secure its initial rounds of financing. David earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Santa Clara University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He serves on the board of directors of Uber Technologies, Inc., KKR & Co. L.P., and Rocket Lawyer Inc.

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Kase Lawal: Not your average oil baron

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(CNN) — Nigerian-born entrepreneur Kase Lawal is the epitome of the American dream. Arriving to the US a young, idealistic student, Lawal has carved a name for himself in one of the most competitive industries in the world: Oil.

Now head of a multi-billion dollar empire, his Houston-based company, CAMAC, is one of the largest black-owned businesses in the U.S., generating over $2 billion dollars a year.

Founded nearly 25 years ago, Lawal built CAMAC (which stands for Cameroon-American) from a small agriculture business into a global oil company. But it’s taken a lot of hard work, determination and guts to get him to the top.

Born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria in 1954, Lawal became interested in America and its civil rights movement during his teens. After finally persuading his father, a local politician, to send him to university in America, Lawal headed to Georgia and then Houston, where he attended the Texas Southern University.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 1976, Lawal, like many of his classmates, started out as a graduate in the energy industry. First as a chemist for Dresser Industries (now Halliburton) and then as a chemical engineer with Shell Oil Refining Co.

During this time he met his wife, Eileen through a mutual friend and had his three children.

Now married and settled, it wasn’t long before the innovative young Nigerian started to implement his business ideas.

In 1986 he established CAMAC, a company trading agricultural commodities such as sugar, tobacco and rice. In the early 90s he made the leap into the energy sector after the Nigerian government started to develop its energy market.

With his knowledge of Nigeria and his Houston address, Lawal was ideally positioned to attract major oil companies. In 1991 CAMAC made a deal with the oil giant Conoco, agreeing to jointly operate and share production from any Nigerian discoveries.

This turned out to be Lawal’s big break.

With his political contacts, local market knowledge and now with the backing of a major oil firm, Lawal’s Houston-based company became an instant player in the energy industry.

As Lawal told CNN: “That partnership I believe was the cornerstone of the CAMAC that you know today. Subsequently with that credibility and the advantage of partnering with Conoco, we were also able to partner with BP and also with Statoil of Norway and currently we have made a partnership with Eni, the largest Italian company, which is one of the top five oil companies in the world.”

Now CAMAC has offices in London, Johannesburg, Lagos and Port Harcourt, Nigeria and is involved in oil exploration, refining and trading.

He was awarded the USAfrica Business Person of the Year in 1997 and in 2002 CAMAC was named the largest African-American owned company on the Black Enterprise 100s list.

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Marc Allen is senior vice president of The Boeing Company

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Marc Allen is senior vice president of The Boeing Company and president of Boeing International. He is a member of Boeing’s Executive Council.

As president of Boeing International, Allen, 42, is responsible for the company’s international strategy and operations, and oversees 17 regional corporate headquarters in key markets around the world. Reporting to the chairman and CEO, Allen leads development of the company’s growth and productivity initiatives outside the U.S. and new business and industrial partnerships. His responsibilities also include overseeing international affairs, enhancing local presence and providing global functional support. Allen was appointed to the role in 2015.

Previously, Allen served as president of Boeing Capital Corporation, a wholly owned Boeing subsidiary that arranges, structures and provides financing for Boeing’s commercial airplane, space and defense products.

Prior to Boeing Capital, Allen served as vice president, of Boeing International and president of Boeing China, responsible for leading the company’s business in China from its Beijing headquarters. Leading Boeing China, Allen oversaw the company’s largest market outside the U.S. as its annual delivery pace doubled.

Before that, Allen served as Boeing’s vice president for Global Law Affairs and general counsel to Boeing International, leading the company’s international legal practice group from its inception, with responsibilities for Boeing’s international operations’ legal issues, cross-border trade regulation matters, and international legal policy matters including the U.S.-EC WTO dispute on aircraft subsidies.

Prior to joining Boeing, Allen practiced law with the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Kellogg Huber, litigating complex commercial cases for domestic and international clients.

Previous government service includes an appointment as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s law clerk.

A Southern California native, Allen received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, majoring in political science with a certificate in economics, and received his law degree from Yale Law School.

Allen is married and has four children.

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The Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals

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The Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP), was established in 1995 to address the apparent lack of representation of black professionals in the securities and investment industry. It was also conceived as a platform to address the aspirations of those in the industry and to create a forum for black professionals to exchange Information and Ideas.

The mandate of ABSIP has evolved to encompass the empowerment of black professionals and black business across the financial industry. Its membership has grown to include sub-sectors such as Asset Management, Corporate Banking, Corporate Finance, Corporate Managerial and Financial Consulting, Employee Benefits, Insurance, Investment Banking, Retail Banking, Private Banking, Private Equity, Stock broking, Treasury and Development Finance Institutions (DFIs).

ABSIP has become widely recognised as an influential force in the transformation of the Financial Sector as evidenced by its participation in drafting the landmark Financial Sector Charter (“FSC Charter”). ABSIP is an affiliate member of the BBC (Black Business Council).

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The Startup Making Money on 30B Online Ads Each Day

Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) — Online advertising is the bread and butter of the internet and New York-based startup Appnexus is serving as its middleman. CEO Brian O’Kelley discusses the business with Bloomberg’s Alex Barinka at the company’s Manhattan headquarters as part of the “New Hack City” series.

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