Luis Almagro Lemes was elected Secretary General of the Organization of American States on March 18, 2015, with the unanimous support of 33 of 34 member states, and one abstention. Upon taking leadership of the OAS, he announced that one of the central themes of his mandate will be “more rights for more people,” and that he would work to bring the Organization closer to the new realities in the Hemisphere and contribute to ensuring more democracy, security and prosperity for all.
A career diplomat, Almagro was Foreign Minister of Uruguay from 2010 to March 1, 2015, and has extensive regional and international experience. In addition, he was elected Senator in the national elections in Uruguay in October 2014.
His time at the head of Uruguayan diplomacy was characterized by activism in defense of human and civil rights at the regional and global level, the insertion of Uruguay into non-traditional markets, the diversification of these markets, and the strengthening of the image of Uruguay as a democratic, fair, tolerant, and diverse society, with ever increasing rights for more Uruguayans.
As Foreign Minister for President José Mujíca, he defined several emblematic initiatives that put the small South American country on the global map, from receiving former prisoners from Guantanamo, to welcoming dozens of Syrian families who had been victims of the country´s conflict, to building support in the United Nations so that, beginning in 2016, Uruguay will become part of the Security Council.
Moreover, Uruguay has maintained its presence in Haiti to ensure the continuity of the process of reconstruction in the country following the devastating earthquake of 2010.
Knowledgeable about the new regional alignments, Almagro was an active participant in the consolidation of UNASUR and CELAC and as member of the special UNASUR delegation to Venezuela in 2014 he was recognized as an advocate of dialogue between the government and the opposition to stop the violence at that moment.
As a consensus builder in the region and at the same time a driver of new initiatives, during his term at the head of the country´s diplomacy, he achieved the long-desired entry of citrus products into the United States, a key market for the sector, while moving forward with bilateral cooperation programs in areas of scientific-technical innovation.
For its part, Uruguay developed specific programs of cooperation for development with Bolivia, Paraguay, and several African nations in the context of the vision of international solidarity that characterized the term of the former Foreign Minister.
The candidate for Secretary General of the OAS was also Ambassador to China for five years, after occupying senior diplomatic posts in the Foreign Ministry of his country, and in the Embassies of Uruguay in Germany and Iran.
In 2014 Foreign Policy magazine named him a Leading Global Thinker, one of ten decision-makers in the region granted this international distinction.
Almagro, a lawyer by profession, is married and has seven children. In addition to Spanish, he speaks English and French.
Laurence Batlle is Chairwoman of the RATP Dev Executive Board, and has sat on the RATP Group Executive Board since 1st January 2017. She joined RATP Dev in 2007 as CFO, and since then has played a major role in defining its strategy and supervising its international growth. She became a member of the Executive Board in 2011, and was in charge of its Americas-Africa and Sightseeing Business Units from 2014 to 2016. She has also been an independent Board member of Elior Group since 2014.
Laurence Batlle has a proven executive management track record: prior to joining RATP Dev, she spent 14 years driving sales growth in major consulting firms, first for PricewaterhouseCoopers and then as VP Global Finance Support at Atos Origin for two years. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Institut Commercial de Nancy, and is a Knight of the French National Order of Merit.
As President of VMware, Sumit Dhawan leads the company’s go-to-market functions including WW Sales, Strategic Corporate Alliances, Customer Experience and Success (CXS), Global Industries, Marketing, and Communications. With over 25 years of experience in the tech industry, Sumit is a seasoned executive with a proven track record of building and running market-leading businesses. He is a strong advocate for delivering an exceptional experience to customers and partners, and for supporting diverse teams, inclusive cultures and equitable environments that encourage the best in everyone.
Sumit previously served as VMware’s Chief Customer Experience Officer, managing global teams responsible for professional services, technical support and customer success. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of Instart, a startup delivering innovations in web application performance and security services.
Before leading Instart, Sumit served as the general manager of VMware’s End-User Computing business, establishing the company’s leadership in mobile and unified endpoint management and desktop virtualization. He has also held a number of executive roles at Citrix spanning the engineering, product development, marketing, and general management functions.
Sumit holds an MBA from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota, and a BS in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
Arnold Donald is President & Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation & PLC, the world’s largest travel and leisure company. Their nine cruise brands -- Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America, Princess, Seabourn, AIDA, Costa, Cunard, P&O UK, and P&O Australia are based throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Carnival Corporation & PLC is included in both the S&P500 and the FTSE 100 indices and trades on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges.
Mr. Donald has been President & CEO of Carnival Corporation since 2013 and served on the board for 13 years before that. He also serves on the board of Bank of America Corporation. In April 2021 Mr. Donald was appointed Chair of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
Mr. Donald spent more than twenty years at Monsanto Company as Corporate Senior Vice-President, and President of the Consumer and Nutrition sector and President of the Agricultural sector. After leaving Monsanto, Mr. Donald was Chairman of Merisant Company whose products included the leading global sweetener brands Equal and Canderel.
Prior to Carnival, Mr. Donald was President and CEO of the Executive Leadership Council, a professional network and leadership forum for African-American executives of Fortune 500 companies, and the President and CEO of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.
A native of New Orleans, Mr. Donald received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College, a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St Louis, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Donald has served or is currently on the boards of Tulane University in New Orleans, Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and Washington University in St. Louis, The Greater New Orleans Foundation and St. Louis-based BJC Healthcare, Crown Holdings Inc. among others.
João Doria is the current Governor of the State of São Paulo, elected in November 2018. He was previously the Mayor of the City of São Paulo (2017/2018). A business executive, journalist and advertising professional, Doria founded GRUPO DORIA and LIDE – Group of Business Leaders.
Between 2008 and 2012, João Doria figured in ISTOÉ Magazine’s list of 100 most influential personalities in Brazil. In 2014, he was elected as one of the 100 leaders with best reputation in Brazil, in a research conducted by Merco, an European company, and published in Brazil by exame.com. In May 2017, Doria was conferred the award of “Person of the Year” in New York, United States, by the Brazilian American Chamber.
During his mandate as Mayor in the City of São Paulo, João Doria innovated as a public administrator. He forfeited his wages and donated it to institutional charities. With a focus on combatting bureaucracy and corruption, he promoted the digitalization of administrative processes and conducted a large cut on expenditures in order to bolster the efficiency of the city’s public administration. He digitalized the municipal administration and launched an unprecedented public-private partnerships program in the Capital of the State of São Paulo.
In the State of São Paulo, his mandate maintains the same tripod that guided his actions as Mayor: decentralization, efficiency and transparency. In three months as Governor, Doria continues to donate his wages and focalized advances in health, education, public security, popular housing and social assistance. He announced the hiring of new professors and police officers to strengthen the police force. He transferred 22 leaders of the largest criminal faction in the country to federal prisons and invested in the prevention of violence against women. The successful “Corujão da Saúde” program was expanded towards other municipalities in the State of São Paulo.
A liberal, João Doria developed a bold program of concessions and privatizations for his government in the State of São Paulo. The program encompasses 221 areas of public-private partnerships, amongst which, highways, railroads, waterways, ports, airports, ferry services, forest parks and the zoological garden.
In July 2017, Becky Frankiewicz joined ManpowerGroup as the President of ManpowerGroup North America. She brings high energy and passion, coupled with strong P&L experience from a large and complex global business.
Prior to ManpowerGroup, she led one of PepsiCo’s largest subsidiaries, Quaker Foods North America. In that role she was responsible for the $2.6B business, leading all functions, sales and manufacturing. Under her leadership, Quaker Foods delivered impressive growth as she led the transformation of that brand to be known as America’s ‘best start to everyday’. She was also named by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in the industry, anticipating and adapting to fast changing consumer demands.
Prior to her success leading Quaker Foods, Becky held a variety of senior leadership roles at PepsiCo across the portfolio of brands. Her experience in these roles, which included leading Innovation, Finance, Strategy, Sales and Marketing across the PepsiCo portfolio, positions her well to lead ManpowerGroup’s strong and connected brands - - Manpower, Experis, Right Management and ManpowerGroup Solutions. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Becky worked in strategic consulting with Deloitte and Andersen Consulting. She began her career at Procter and Gamble. She is a passionate team builder and people developer. Becky has a great educational track record, attaining top marks at the University of Texas, where she earned an MBA in finance, and a BA in Marketing.
Becky is dedicated to her family, health and helping others succeed. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband and three daughters Parker, Payton and Piper. She starts each day with a morning workout and just completed her first marathon.
Steven K. Hudson is a highly accomplished entrepreneur, senior executive, and investor with extensive experience in leading new business initiatives and achieving growth objectives with some of the world’s leading finance companies. He has a distinguished track record across several business sectors with extensive expertise in the global financial and capital markets.
Mr. Hudson is Chief Executive Officer of ECN Capital Corp. (TSX: ECN), a leading provider of prime credit portfolios to more than 90 US financial institutions. With managed and advised assets of US$32 billion, ECN Capital originates, manages, and advises on prime credit assets offering unsecured and secured consumer portfolio solutions as well as credit card portfolios.
Previously, Mr. Hudson served for five years as the Chief Executive Officer of Element Financial Corporation. Under Mr. Hudson’s leadership, Element’s assets increased from just over $400 million to more than $24 billion, establishing it as North America’s largest independent equipment finance company and as one of the largest fleet management companies in the world.
Mr. Hudson is an active community leader and philanthropist, including serving as a significant donor to St. Michael’s Centre for Urban Health Solutions as well as being named a World Fellow by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.
He has served as a board member on numerous organizations, including CHC Helicopter Corporation, First International Asset Management, Altamira Investment Services and AGRA.
Mr. Hudson has a Bachelor of Business Administration from York University. In recognition of his achievements, he received his Fellowship with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2000.
An entrepreneur, investor and incubator of successful businesses, Mr. Hudson has a distinguished track record across several business sectors, with deep expertise in financial and capital markets. He is the founder and principal of Cameron Capital, a private investment firm established more than 20 years ago. In 1984 Mr. Hudson founded Newcourt Credit Group. Under his leadership as CEO, Newcourt grew to become a worldwide leader in equipment and asset finance with owned and managed assets exceeding $36 billion prior to its sale to CIT Group in 1999.
Mr. Hudson has been an active director on numerous boards of both public and private corporations and an active community leader and philanthropist.
Mr. Hudson graduated from York University in 1981 with an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree and received his Fellowship with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2000. In 1996, Mr. Hudson received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.
Barbara Humpton is President and CEO of Siemens Corporation, where she guides the company’s strategy and engagement in serving the company’s largest market. Siemens USA employs approximately 40,000 people serving customers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico and generated $17 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2020. She views the true purpose of technology as expanding what’s humanly possible. She’s also passionate about diversity, STEM education and what she calls a worklife blend that honors her priorities both at Siemens and as a grandmother.
Most recently, Humpton served as president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. (SGT), a leading integrator of Siemens’ products and services for federal government agencies and departments. In this role, Humpton also served as an officer/director member of the board of directors of SGT.
Prior to joining Siemens in 2011, Humpton served as a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton where she was responsible for program performance and new business development for technology consulting in the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, Humpton was a vice president at Lockheed Martin Corporation with responsibility for Biometrics Programs, Border and Transportation Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, including such critical programs as the FBI’s Next Generation Identification and the TSA’s Transportation Workers’ Identification Credential.
Humpton is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Barbara is Chairman of the Siemens Corporation Board, the Siemens Foundation and of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). She serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association Greater Washington Region, Triumph Group, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), Economic Club of Washington, D.C. and the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband David.
Alex started as Managing Director with NYA in 2010, after nine years as a Royal Marine Officer.
Since GardaWorld acquired NYA in 2018, Alex has been responsible for the strategic development and growth of the Crisis Management business unit for Crisis24.
He oversees the delivery of all crisis management prevention and response services within the business, and manages the strategic relationships with our special risk insurance partners.
José Luis Manzano is an Argentine businessman with a deep understanding of Latin American public policy and global emerging markets. He possesses significant experience in the investment, media, energy and distress industries. He speaks frequently across the world on these issues.
Dr. Manzano founded the international firm Integra Capital, a private equity and merchant banking firm. Integra also provides services such as mergers and acquisitions, financial structuring, IPOs, due diligence procedures, debt and company restructuring, among others.
Dr. Manzano and his family are relevant shareholders of Phoenix Global Resources, a company engaged in the exploration and production of oil with activity in Argentina. PGR is listed on the London Stock Exchange, AIM Market, and the Stock Exchange of Buenos Aires, produces 10.000 barrels of oil per day and has more than 60 million barrels of proven reserves and 300 million barrels of unconventional resources. Dr Manzano is also a relevant investor in Interoil, an exploration and production company listed in Oslo stock exchange that produces 1600bopd in Colombia.
Dr. Manzano is the major shareholder of Integra Oil & Gas, an oil production company that produces 4000 bopd in Venezuela. He is also a major shareholder in Integra Gas Distribution in partnership with Mercuria Energy Trading. Integra Gas Distribution is a significant shareholder of Metrogas, the gas distribution company of Buenos Aires serving more than 10 million people. He is also a relevant shareholder of Edemsa, the distribution electricity company of the province of Mendoza, HIDROELECTRICA AMEGHINO, a hidroplant producing 60 megas and Altus, a winery producer of premium wines in Argentina.
In relation to the media industry, Dr. Manzano is a major shareholder of Grupo America, the second by size argentine media group he co-founded in 1996. The group owns TV stations, news channels, radios and newspapers, including America Tv, the national leader on live television, La Capital, the oldest newspaper of the country and El Cronista Comercial, the more prestigious business and finance newspaper of Argentina.
Prior to his business career, Mr. Manzano was active in the Peronist party where he was Secretary General. He served as majority leader in the lower house of Argentina’s National Congress from 1983 to 1991 and was appointed as Homeland Security Minister under President Carlos Menem.
Dr. Manzano is a relevant donor to several educational organizations and charities. Dr. Manzano is the President of Universidad de Congreso, where he is actively involved in academics and research activities. He has developed activities with the climate change organization of Novel Awards Al Gore and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is also active with the UK Argentinean Chamber of Commerce and the Cámara de Comercio Argentino Norteamericana. He is a sponsor of the Chinese House of Culture in Buenos Aires and was a member of the B20, the business group in support of the G20 Argentine presidency. Dr Manzano is a regular participant of the activities of the Council of The Americas and the Americas Society and is a member of the Energy Steering Committee of the Institute of The Americas.
Mr. Manzano received his Medical Doctorate and his Post Degree specialization in Occupational Health from the National University of Cuyo. He has been a Visiting Scholar at both Georgetown University and the University of California at San Diego. He has received an International Business Certificate and an International Finance Certificate from Georgetown University. He has received a diploma in leadership from Oxford University and lectured at prestigious universities in Argentina, Japan, Europe and the United States.
Alison Mass is Chairman of the Investment Banking Division (IBD) and is an advisor to corporate and private equity clients globally. She is a member of the Management Committee and IBD Executive Committee. Ms. Mass is also a member of the Board of Advisors of Launch With GS, Goldman Sachs’ $500 million commitment to invest in companies and investment managers with diverse leadership.
Previously, she was Global Head of the Financial and Strategic Investors Group (FSIG) in IBD, responsible for relationships with private equity and multi-national clients. Before that, Ms. Mass was Co-Head of FSIG in the Americas from 2003 to 2015. She joined Goldman Sachs as a partner in 2001.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Mass worked at Merrill Lynch from 1990 to 2001 and held several senior management positions in the securities and investment banking areas. Earlier in her career, she worked at Drexel Burnham.
Ms. Mass serves as a member of the Stern Board of Overseers of New York University Stern School of Business.
Dr. Bernard S. Meyerson, an IBM Fellow, serves as IBM’s Chief Innovation Officer Emeritus. Completing his PhD. in Physics in 1980 he joined IBM Research, inventing Silicon:Germanium technology, then founding and leading IBM’s highly successful Analog and Mixed Signal business. Allying with Harris Semiconductor, he and his team enabled the pervasive deployment of WiFi. He went on to take many executive roles, leading global semiconductor development, strategic alliances for the Systems and Technology Group, transforming IBM’s Academy of Technology, managing global University Relations, and culminating in his role from 2010 as IBM’s first Chief Innovation Officer. His teams in that role led the client facing definition and execution of corporate-wide technical and business strategic initiatives spanning all aspects of IBM’s business portfolio. He is a prolific speaker to private, public, and government audiences around the globe, representing IBM in the press, on television and across social media. His focus is on innovation and the implementation of resultant technologies to serve client’s and society’s needs, with the overarching goal of improving the state of the world.
Dr. Meyerson devotes a significant fraction of his time to public service, extensively engaged in driving innovation in governance as well as business innovation around the globe. As examples, he has recently keynoted Government Summits in Dubai and Singapore focused on the digital transformation of government services and the implementation of AI to facilitate this. He similarly served Governor Rauner on the Smarter Illinois Committee supporting efforts to drive the digital transformation of government services. He has long supported Singapore through his service on boards advising technical entities such as I2R, the Land and Livability council serving the needs of an ever aging population, and was recently appointed for a three year term on the International Advisory Panel on Urban Solutions & Sustainability. He chaired the 2015 and 2016 Meta-Council on Emerging Technology for the World Economic Forum(WEF) in Davos. In collaboration with the Editor in Chief of Scientific American and Nature, Dr. Meyerson continues driving the creation of an annual report identifying The Top 10 Emerging Technologies as a joint endeavor with the WEF, which is now published annually by Scientific American. In roles beyond the scope of his IBM work he founded and runs an Innovation focused consultancy, 4IRAdvisors.
Dr. Meyerson has received numerous industry and global honors, being appointed the sole IBM Fellow in 1992, IBM’s highest honor. Dr. Meyerson is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. Awards for combined business and technical achievements include the Lifetime Achievement Award from SEMI, the 2011 Pake Prize of the American Physical Society, appointment as the 2014 Turing Lecturer at the Royal Institute of London, and many others. More recently Dr. Meyerson was honored in 2015 with the Medal for Public Service by the government of Singapore for his decades of volunteer service and significant positive impact. In an ongoing focus on innovation, Dr. Meyerson serves on the Board of Directors of the STS Forum, Japan’s premier forum for advanced Technologies and their impact on Society.
Leena Nair is the first female, first Asian and youngest ever CHRO of Unilever and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE).
Under her leadership Unilever has achieved a 50/50 gender balance across global leadership, led the design and implementation of progressive new working practices and models. She has continued to lead a pioneering agenda, playing an instrumental role in launching Unilever’s new social commitments, including a commitment to pay living wage across its whole supply chain.
Leena bears overall responsibility for the 150,000-strong human capital of Unilever, which operates across multiple regulatory and labour environments spread over 190 countries. Her expertise has driven continued growth for Unilever leading to the 50 billion euro business it is today.
Leena began her Unilever career in Hindustan Unilever, where she became the first woman in the Management Committee in 90 years, heading HR. She was also appointed the first woman on the Unilever South Asia Leadership team and was responsible for Unilever’s growth in five markets with a business size of around 6 billion Euros.
She has continued to redefine how big business can contribute to the environment and society and has a reputation for putting the people at the heart of the business, driving growth and taking risks to create better business and a better society.
Recognised by HRH Queen Elizabeth II as one of the accomplished Indian Business Leaders in the UK, Leena is a trustee for the Leverhulme Trust. Her purpose is to “ignite the human spark for a better business and better world”.
Bill O’Hern is senior vice president and chief security officer of AT&T. He provides vision and leadership to a skilled and innovative cybersecurity team across 15 countries and 37 states. Together they protect AT&T’s global network and its operations including WarnerMedia.
Bill focuses his organization on several key areas: real-time protection, security function virtualization, next-generation platforms, identity and access management, enterprise technology, engineering and operations, policy, compliance, employee education and vulnerability management. He also supervises security architecture for 5G and for emerging services in IoT, entertainment and advertising.
Bill joined AT&T in 1996. His career has been concentrated on building better systems for networking and information security. His vision is a data-driven, intelligent network with embedded, virtualized security functions including effortless authentication and threat analytics.
Bill holds a BA in economics from the State University of New York and multiple patents in technology and security. He was named Information Security Executive of the Year by ISE North America.
Levi Oliveira took over as Secretary in January 2021. Levi Oliveira has a degree in Computer Science and a graduate degree in Planning and Urban Mobility. He joined CMTC-SPTrans by public selection in 1991, where he made a career in the area of planning and operational programming of the public transport system. He worked at São Paulo Transporte SPTrans as planning manager, planning director and was president of the company until December 2020, when he was appointed municipal secretary of Mobility and Transport in the city of São Paulo.
M.Sc. (Econ. & Tech.) Tuomas Riski is the CEO of Norsepower Oy Ltd, which is a Finnish clean tech and engineering company pioneering modern auxiliary wind propulsion for the global maritime industry.
Norsepower was founded in late 2012 with a mission to reduce the environmental impact of shipping by providing efficient, easy to use, and reliable auxiliary wind propulsion for ships through its Rotor Sail Solution technology.
Norsepower's vision is to set the standard in bringing sails back to ocean transportation and empower shipping towards reaching the goal of zero carbon emissions. Norsepower's Rotor Sail Solution is a proven, low-maintenance, easy to use, and reliable fuel saving technology, supporting the decarbonisation of the shipping industry.
Carey Smith is President and Chief Executive Officer, responsible for the company’s strategy, growth, business execution, and global operations. Before joining Parsons, she served in progressive leadership roles at Honeywell, including as President of its defense and space division, Vice President of Honeywell Aerospace Customer and Product Support, and President of Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. Prior to joining Honeywell, Ms. Smith held various executive positions at Lockheed Martin. She is on the Parsons and Edison International Board of Directors, the Professional Services Council’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, as well as the board of directors for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.
As Florida’s Secretary of Commerce and the President & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI), Jamal Allen Sowell leads EFI, the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida. He assumed his role at the outset of Governor Ron DeSantis’s administration. With his team, Sowell works closely with economic development partners and private sector businesses across the state to strengthen and diversify Florida’s economy. Sowell sets the course for an organization that spans the entire state and commands a strong international presence, as EFI strategically negotiates Florida’s partnerships in international commerce.
Mani Sundaram is Executive Vice President and CIO, leading Akamai’s Global Services (Customer Success, Professional Services, Support Services), Information Technology, and Information Security organizations, based at the company’s global headquarters, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Sundaram joined Akamai in 2007 as an architect in Professional Services, consulting with large media businesses. He was instrumental in creating a new services and support paradigm leveraged by Akamai customers to manage the largest online events in the world. He also assimilated Akamai’s services teams around the world into a single, global organization. With the integration of Prolexic security services into Akamai’s global services organization, he helped to establish Akamai as a leading security provider.
Prior to Akamai, he worked in various roles in engineering, marketing and client services at Virtify Inc. and Stratus Technologies.
Sundaram earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University, a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from BITS Pilani, in India, and completed the Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management from Harvard University Extension School.
Hans Vestberg is chairman and chief executive officer of Verizon Communications, a leading provider of wireless, fiber-optic and global Internet networks and services. Prior to assuming the role of CEO in August 2018 and the role of Chairman in March 2019, Mr. Vestberg served as Verizon’s chief technology officer and president of Global Networks from 2017, with responsibility for further developing the architecture for Verizon’s fiber-centric networks. At Verizon, he has focused on transforming the businesses 2.0 customer-centric strategy, leading the company to be first in the world to deploy 5G home and mobile technology, delivering seamless experiences for customers over network assets consisting of the country’s leading 4G LTE network, the nation’s biggest residential fiber network, a global internet backbone and undersea cable network carrying much of the world’s internet traffic, and fiber assets in 45 of the top 50 markets in the U.S.
Before joining Verizon in April 2017, Vestberg served for six years as president and CEO of Ericsson, a multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Sweden that provides 35 percent of the world’s 2G, 3G and 4G mobile network infrastructures.
For more than a decade after joining Ericsson in 1991, he gained broad international experience with leadership positions on four continents. He was instrumental in developing Ericsson’s industry-leading services organization, which grew three-fold during his five years of management. In 2007 he became Ericsson’s chief financial officer, and he was named CEO in 2009. As CEO, he led more than 115,000 employees as the company transformed from a focus on hardware to software and services.
Corporate and charitable leadership
Vestberg was a founding member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Broadband Commission for Digital Development, where he led climate-change and digital-health initiatives. He is past chairman of the Swedish Olympic Committee and a current member of the Leadership Council of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network, where he helped author the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. He is a board member of the UN Foundation, the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, and Childhood US (part of the Queen of Sweden’s World Childhood Foundation). Vestberg is a leading voice at technology and global economic conferences including the Consumer Electronics Show, Mobile World Congress, Brilliant Minds, and the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.
Personal and educational background
Born in Hudiksvall, Sweden, Hans earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He is married with two children and is fluent in Swedish, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He and his family live in New Jersey.
George is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Neuberger Berman, a private, independent employee-owned investment manager founded in 1939. The firm manages $304 billion of equities, fixed income, private equity and hedge fund portfolios for global institutions, advisors and individuals. With offices in 22 countries, Neuberger Berman has been named by Pensions & Investments as a Best Place to Work in Money Management, finishing first or second each of the last five years.
Prior to Neuberger Berman re-emerging as an independent firm in 2009, George was Global Head of the Investment Management Division at Neuberger Berman's former corporate parent, Lehman Brothers. Previously, George spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a partner and a member of the firm’s Partnership Committee. George’s additional Board Service includes: Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Partnership for New York City and Grace Church School. George earned a BA, BS and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Tom Wilson is the Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Allstate Corporation. He has been CEO of Allstate since 2007 and became Chair of The Allstate Corporation's Board of Directors in 2008. He has held key leadership positions at the company since 1995, including all major operating units.
As CEO, Wilson led the creation of Our Shared Purpose in 2007 to make Allstate a purpose-driven corporation powered by purpose-driven people. Wilson has led investments in innovation, improving efficiency, restructuring for the long term, investing in people and ensuring Allstate is a positive force in America. He has managed corporate risk and return to withstand the 2008 global financial crisis, adapt the homeowners business to significant increases in severe weather-related losses, lead the industry in the use of telematics, and expand into protection plans and identity protection. Allstate’s Transformative Growth Plan is designed to increase market share in personal property-liability.
Wilson is a Director on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and holds active leadership positions in the financial services industry and the community. He is a trustee of Rush University Medical Center and a member of the Young Presidents Organization Gold Chicago chapter. He is on the board of P33, a civic initiative focused on accelerating Chicago’s leadership in the digital economy, and co-founded Get IN Chicago, a public-private partnership to reduce violence among youth.
He has previously served as Chair of the Property and Casualty CEO Roundtable, Chair of the Financial Services Roundtable and Deputy Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and is a former Director of State Street Corporation. Wilson regularly offers comment and insight on the financial services industry and the role of business in national media outlets, and he has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post and on CNN.com.
A native of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Wilson holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.