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  • American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault Is Retiring After A 16-Year Run

    Kenneth I. Chenault, one of the longest-serving executives in finance and one of corporate America’s few black top leaders, will retire next year as the chairman and chief executive of American Express. Under Mr. Chenault’s leadership, American Express expanded beyond its core market of corporate customers and wealthy cardholders to serve a broader clientele. The Read More »

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  • Vicky Free to Head Marketing at Disney/ABC Home Entertainment, TV Distribution

    Vicky Free has been named senior VP of marketing for Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution, said Janice Marinelli, president of the division, on Tuesday. Free, who comes to Disney from BET, will report to Marinelli and be based in Burbank, Calif. In her new role, Free will be responsible for marketing studio and television Read More »

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  • Twitter Hires Candi Castleberry Singleton As New VP of Diversity and Inclusion

    A few months after Jeffrey Siminoff left his position as VP of diversity and inclusion at Twitter, the company has brought on Candi Castleberry Singleton to lead Twitter’s diversity efforts. “I’m so excited to join the team at Twitter to lead inclusion and diversity efforts for employees and the Twitter community,” Castleberry Singleton said in Read More »

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  • LVMH announces the appointment of Rodney Williams as President & CEO of Belvedere Vodka

    LVMH announces the appointment of Rodney Williams as President & CEO of Belvedere Vodka, effective July 1st, 2017. Christophe Navarre, Chairman and CEO of Moët Hennessy commented: “We are delighted to see Rodney take the helm of Belvedere. His strong experience will be crucial to the development of the brand.”

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  • TRACI OTEY BLUNT NAMED PRESIDENT OF RLJ ENTERTAINMENT’S URBAN MOVIE CHANNEL

    Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) today announced the appointment of Traci Otey Blunt as President of Urban Movie Channel (UMC). UMC is the first premium subscription-based streaming service created for African American and urban audiences that features quality urban content across all genres, including feature films, original series, stand-up comedy, documentaries, Read More »

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  • Linda Johnson Rice to take over CEO role at Ebony once again

    Linda Johnson Rice will take the reins at Ebony magazine once again. Johnson Rice was named CEO of Ebony Media Operations entity on Thursday, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The company publishes Ebony and Jet magazines, both online and in print. Ebony and Jet have for decades been among the most respected publications on African Read More »

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  • Georgia Power Names Pedro Cherry Executive Vice-President, Customer Service and Operations

    Georgia Power chairman, president and CEO Paul Bowers today announced that Pedro Cherry has been elected executive vice president of the company’s Customer Service & Operations (CSO) organization by the company’s board of directors, effective March 31. Cherry succeeds Craig Barrs who recently announced his retirement from the company. Since March 2015, Cherry has served Read More »

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  • Deval Patrick Joins Obama Foundation Board

    The Obama Foundation recently announced that Deval Patrick, former Governor of Massachusetts, will join President Barack Obama’s post-presidential organization: the Obama Foundation. “Barack Obama will be remembered as a president who led us well through turbulent times with wisdom, equanimity and grace. I am honored to be part of the foundation that will continue that Read More »

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  • Ex-McDonald’s CEO Returns to the Food Business

    Former McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson is back in the food business. Thompson, who left the world’s largest burger chain in early 2015, has launched Cleveland Avenue, a Chicago-based venture-capital firm focused on building and growing food, beverage and restaurant ventures. The company, named after the Near North Side street where Thompson was raised, today announced Read More »