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2016 Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America Announced by Savoy Magazine

Savoy Magazine, a leading African-American lifestyle publication, showcases its 2016 “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.” The issue also features an exclusive interview with John W. Thompson, Microsoft Chairman and CEO of Virtual Instruments.

Savoy Magazine has announced its 2016 “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” in the 15th Anniversary Spring issue and online. The Savoy Top 100 is the definitive listing of African-American executives, influencers and achievers proactively impacting corporate America. John W. Thompson, Chairman of Microsoft and CEO of Virtual Instruments, is on the cover and featured in an exclusive interview.

“Savoy is proud to balance and diversify the mainstream narrative and perspective on professional success in America. From our cover story with Microsoft Chairman John Thompson, to the executives recognized in our 2016 Savoy Top 100, we cover Black leadership, influence and achievement in important ways,” stated L.P. Green, II, Publisher of Savoy Magazine. “We are continually inspired by the success of the executives recognized and we salute the corporations that support and value their diverse contributions.”

John W. Thompson, who is a tech industry icon, finished a distinguished 27 year, nine month and 13 day career with IBM to become the CEO of internet security giant Symantec in 1999. In 10 years as CEO, Thompson’s leadership grew Symantec from $600 million to $6.5 billion in revenue. He was also the first and only African-American CEO of a major technology company at the time. In an exclusive interview, Thompson shares insights on leading the search that led to the appointment of Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. He also discussed diversity and inclusion trends in the technology industry and how he shaped his career with an intense focus on results.

Executives recognized in Savoy’s 2016 Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America include:

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Executive Vice President, Treasurer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

David P.

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