From Craig Arnold To Robert F. Smith, 10 Black CEOs In US

Sep 19, 2023

By: Sunayna Kanjilal

People of Color Making History

A company's future depends on various factors, including the leadership. Inclusivity is crucial when picking the right leaders to drive businesses. While the number of top bosses and CEOs belonging to different ethnicities and minority representation is s...

1. Craig Arnold: Eaton

The power management company Eaton is led by Craig Arnold, who has invested close to $8 billion in mergers and acquisitions of companies since he was recruited to his C-level role in 2016. Arnold is known for focusing on crucial transformation skills that are ...

2. Rosalind "Roz" Brewer: Walgreens Boots Alliance

Rosalind "Roz" Brewer, the first Black woman to lead a Fortune 500 company, spent nearly 20 years honing her skills at Kimberly Clarke before moving to Starbucks and Walmart. She is also the only Black woman to sit on Amazon's board, as per Forb...

3. Thasunda Brown Duckett: TIAA

Thasunda Brown Duckett is the former CEO of Chase Consumer Banking, which is a division of JP Morgan, and also a member of the board of directors of Nike.  In 2021, she became the CEO of the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA), which m...

4. Marvin Ellison: Lowe

Marvin Lowe is an American business executive, who is the president and CEO of Lowe. He was previously the CEO of JCPenney. He was an executive at Home Depot and was in charge of the company's US stores until he was hired by JCPenney where he made progres...

5. Janice Bryant Howroyd: ActOne

The self-made woman had only $1500 when she started the company ActOne, which is a workforce solutions company. Today, the company has generated close to $3 billion of revenue and operates in 19 countries with more than 2,600 employees and 17,000 clients world...

6. Paul Mola: Roswell Biotechnologies

Paul Mola has been the founder, president, and CEO of Roswell Biotechnologies. He founded the company in 2014. He has worked closely with his long-time partner and now chief scientific officer Barry Merriman on their sequencing technology. Roswell's all-e...

7. David L Rawlinson

He is the president and CEO of Qurate Retail Group, a media conglomerate controlled by company chairman John C. Malone, who owns a majority of voting shares. In 2021, the company generated approximately $14 billion in revenue and served more than 20 million cl...

8. Jen Nwankwo: 1910 Genetics

Nwankwo is the founder of 1910 Genetics as well as a biotech company that focuses on eliminating the timeline of drug development so that doctors can come up with new innovative therapies and give them to patients in need. The company merges biological automat...

9. Robert F. Smith: Vista Equity Partners

Founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, Robert F. Smith focuses his investments on software and technology companies. He made headlines when he paid off the student debt of everyone in the Morehouse College graduating class that year. In the coming year, he ...

10. Ursula Burns:  Xerox

Ursula Burns was the CEO of Xerox from 2009 to 2016. She turned the company known for making paper copies into a viable and profitable business. She is the first African-American woman to lead S&P 500 company. In 2015, she helped generate $18 billion in re...