TOP50 Chief Executive Officers Driving Diversity
These fifty CEOs exemplify inclusive leadership. They are driving a diversity & inclusion strategy that increases profitability and attracts top talent. Each of them recognizes that diversity and inclusion will help drive innovation and also improves the perception of their brands.
2019 TOP50 CEOs Driving Diversity
Julie Sweet is chief executive officer of Accenture and serves on the company’s board of directors.
Prior to becoming CEO in September 2019, Julie served as chief executive officer of Accenture’s business in North America, the company’s largest geographic market. Previously, she was Accenture’s general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer for five years. Prior to joining Accenture in 2010, Julie was a partner for 10 years in the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.
Outside of Accenture, Julie is a leader on topics including innovation, technology’s impact on business, and inclusion and diversity. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council as well as a member of the Business Roundtable, having previously served on its board of directors and as chair of its Technology Committee. She serves on the board of directors of Catalyst and is a member of the TechNet Executive Council.
Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School.
Corie Barry is CEO of Best Buy Co. Inc., the leading provider of consumer technology products and services, with approximately 125,000 employees in North America and nearly $43 billion in annual revenue. She also serves on the company’s board of directors.
Prior to becoming CEO in June 2019, Corie served in several other executive positions, playing a critical role in developing and executing the company’s Best Buy 2020 growth strategy and related transformation. Most recently, she was the company’s chief financial and strategic transformation officer, overseeing strategic transformation and growth, digital and technology, global finance, investor relations, enterprise risk and compliance, integration management, and Best Buy Health.
Corie joined Best Buy in 1999 and has held a variety of financial and operational roles across the organization, both in the field and at the corporate office. She became CFO in 2016 and, prior to that, served as chief strategic growth officer. She has also served as senior vice president of domestic finance and interim president of Best Buy’s services organization.
Before joining Best Buy, Corie started her career as an auditor at Deloitte & Touche.
A Minnesota native, Corie holds bachelor’s degrees in accounting and management from the College of St. Benedict, where she now serves on the board of trustees. Additionally, she serves on the board of directors for Domino’s Pizza.
Brad Tilden serves as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. He also serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Airlines and chairman of Horizon Air. The combined airlines have 23,000 employees, 298 aircraft and fly to 116 destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica, serving more than 44 million guests.
Under the leadership of Tilden and his team, Alaska is focusing on low fares, profitable growth of the route network, and creating an airline people love. The airline has been named Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America in the J.D. Power North America Satisfaction Study for 11 consecutive years. Alaska also was named “Best U.S. Airline” in the Condé Nast Traveler’s annual 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards.
The airline prides itself on giving back through philanthropy, community service and environmental stewardship. Alaska led all 13 major U.S. carriers as the most fuel-efficient airline operating in the United States for the past five consecutive years, outperforming the least fuel-efficient carrier by 25 percent. Alaska Air Group is a Fortune 500 Company and is among the nation’s most profitable airlines.
Tilden is a 27-year veteran of Alaska Airlines. He previously served Alaska Air Group and Alaska Airlines as executive vice president of finance and planning, chief financial officer and corporate controller. He was president of Alaska Airlines from December 2008 to May 2016, and has been chief executive officer since May 2012.
Before joining Alaska, he spent eight years with Price Waterhouse. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University and an executive master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington.
Tilden has been ranked among the Top 50 Corporate Leaders in America by Fortune magazine, named Executive of the Year by the Puget Sound Business Journal and honored by the Boy Scouts of America as a Distinguished Eagle Scout.
Tilden serves on the boards of the Washington Roundtable, Nordstrom, Boy Scouts of America, Seattle Chamber of Commerce and Airlines for America.
A Seattle native, Tilden grew up a few miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where he developed an early love of aviation. He holds a commercial pilot’s license and enjoys cycling and outdoor time with his family in the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Lisa T. Su is AMD president and chief executive officer, a position she has held since October 2014, and serves on the AMD Board of Directors. Previously, from July 2014 to October 2014, she was chief operating officer responsible for integrating AMD’s business units, sales, global operations and infrastructure enablement teams into a single market-facing organization responsible for all aspects of product strategy and execution. Dr. Su joined AMD in January 2012 as senior vice president and general manager, global business units and was responsible for driving end-to-end business execution of AMD products and solutions.
Prior to joining AMD, Dr. Su served as senior vice president and general manager, Networking and Multimedia at Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (a semiconductor manufacturing company), and was responsible for global strategy, marketing and engineering for the company’s embedded communications and applications processor business. Dr. Su joined Freescale in 2007 as chief technology officer, where she led the company’s technology roadmap and research and development efforts.
Dr. Su spent the previous 13 years at IBM in various engineering and business leadership positions, including vice president of the Semiconductor Research and Development Center responsible for the strategic direction of IBM’s silicon technologies, joint development alliances and semiconductor R&D operations. Prior to IBM, she was a member of the technical staff at Texas Instruments Inc. in the Semiconductor Process and Device Center from 1994 to 1995.
Dr. Su has bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has published more than 40 technical articles and was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers in 2009. In 2017, Dr. Su was named one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine and the “Top Ranked Semiconductor CEO” by Institutional Investor Magazine. In 2018, Dr. Su was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, was named “Businessperson of the Year” by Fortune Magazine and received the prestigious Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award. Dr. Su serves on the board of directors of Analog Devices Inc. and as board of director chair of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA).
Awards and Accolades:
- 2019 TOP 50 CEO Driving Diversity, Diversity and Inclusion Mavens
- 2018 Businessperson of the Year, Fortune Magazine
- 2018 Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award, Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA)
- 2018 Appointed as Board of Directors Chair of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA)
- 2018 Elected to National Academy of Engineering
- 2018 Woman of the Year, UPWARD
- 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
- 2017 World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, Fortune Magazine
- 2017 Top Ranked Semiconductor CEO, Institutional Investor Magazine
- 2017 People to Watch, HPCwire
- 2016 Pinnacle Award, Asian American Business Development Center
- 2016 Top 50 Women in Technology, National Diversity Council
- 2015 Visionary of the Year, SFGate
- 2014 ACE Executive of the Year, EETimes and EDN
- 2003 Outstanding Achievement in Business, YWCA
- 2002 Top 100 Young Innovators, MIT Technology Review
Doug McMillon is president and chief executive officer of Walmart Inc.
As CEO, Doug leads a strong management team that is working to deliver Walmart’s purpose of saving people money and helping them live a better life. Under his leadership, Walmart is bringing together its stores, digital commerce capabilities and supply chain in new ways to make every day easier for customers. Each week, over 275 million customers and members visit our more than 11,300 stores under 58 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites and apps.
From February 2009 to February 2014, Doug served as president and CEO of Walmart International, a fast-growing segment of Walmart’s overall operations, with over 6,100 stores and more than 700,000 associates in 26 countries outside the United States at that time. From 2005 to 2009, he served as president and CEO of Sam’s Club, an operating segment of Walmart, with sales of more than $46 billion annually during his tenure.
Doug is a longtime champion of Walmart’s customers, its associates and the company’s culture. In 1984, he started out as an hourly summer associate in a Walmart distribution center. In 1990, while pursuing his master’s degree in business administration, he rejoined the company as an assistant manager in a Tulsa, Okla., Walmart store before moving to merchandising. He went on to serve in successful senior leadership roles in all of Walmart’s business segments. He remains a merchant at heart and understands where customers around the world are heading next.
Doug has served on the board of directors for Walmart since 2013 and currently is the chair of the Executive committee. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of the Consumer Goods Forum, the U.S.-China Business Council and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. He also serves on the executive committee of the Business Roundtable and the advisory board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China.
Originally from Jonesboro, Arkansas, Doug graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor of science in business administration. He earned his MBA in finance from the University of Tulsa.
Matt Levatich serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc.
Levatich joined Harley-Davidson in 1994 and held positions of increasing responsibility in the U.S. and Europe, including President and Chief Operating Officer of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Vice President and General Manager of the Motor Company’s Parts and Accessories business, Vice President of Materials Management, and President and Managing Director of MV Agusta.
Prior to joining Harley-Davidson, Levatich held positions in engineering and in manufacturing management with FMC Corporation and Albany International Corporation.
He holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his Master’s degree in engineering management and an MBA from Northwestern University.
In addition to serving on the board of directors of Harley-Davidson, Inc., Levatich serves on the board of directors for Emerson, a global manufacturing and technology company based in St. Louis, and on the McCormick Advisory Council at Northwestern University.
Mary Barra is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Company. She was elected Chairman of the GM Board of Directors on January 4, 2016, and has served as CEO of GM since January 15, 2014.
Under Barra’s leadership, GM envisions a world with zero crashes, to save lives; zero emissions, so future generations can inherit a healthier planet; and zero congestion, so customers get back a precious commodity – time.
She’s focused on strengthening GM’s core business of great cars, trucks and crossovers, while also working to lead the transformation of personal mobility through advanced technologies like connectivity, electrification, autonomous driving and car sharing. Barra has also established a strategic direction based on putting the customer at the center of everything the company does.
Prior to becoming CEO, Barra served as executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing & Supply Chain since August 2013, and as senior vice president, Global Product Development since February 2011. In these roles, Barra and her teams were responsible for the design, engineering and quality of GM vehicle launches worldwide.
Previously, she served as vice president, Global Human Resources; vice president, Global Manufacturing Engineering; plant manager, Detroit Hamtramck Assembly; and in several other executive engineering and staff positions.
Barra began her career with GM in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (Kettering University) co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1985, followed by a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1990.
Barra serves on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company, the Stanford University Board of Trustees and the Detroit Economic Club.
She is a member of The Business Council and an At-Large Board Member of the Business Roundtable, where she also serves on the Social Issues Committee.
Ajay Banga is president and chief executive officer of Mastercard and a member of its board of directors.
Ajay is a co-founder of The Cyber Readiness Institute, first vice chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce and a trustee of the United States Council for International Business. Ajay is a founding trustee of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, a member of the U.S.-India CEO Forum and is Chairman Emeritus of the American India Foundation. Ajay is also a co-chair of the Partnership for New York City. He served as a member of President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. He is a past member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.
He was awarded the Padma Shri Award by the President of India in 2016 and with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2019. He is a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal in 2012.
Ajay is a member of the board of overseers of the Weill Cornell Medical College and the board of governors of the American Red Cross. In addition, Ajay serves as a Director of Dow Inc. and is a member of its compensation and governance committees.
Prior to Mastercard, Ajay served as chief executive officer of Citigroup Asia Pacific. During his career at Citigroup, he held a variety of senior management roles in the United States, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He also oversaw the company’s efforts in microfinance.
Ajay began his career at Nestlé, India, where for 13 years he worked on assignments spanning sales, marketing and general management. He also spent two years with PepsiCo, where he was instrumental in launching its fast food franchises in India as the economy liberalized.
He is a graduate of Delhi University and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Mr. Donald has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation & plc since 2013. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Executive Leadership Council, a professional network of African-American executives of major U.S. companies, from 2010 to 2012. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International from 2006 to 2008. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Donald was the Chairman of the Board of Merisant Company, a manufacturer and marketer of tabletop sweetener products, including the Equal® and Canderel® brands. From 2000 to 2003, he was also the Chief Executive Officer of Merisant Company. From 1998 to 2000, he was Senior Vice-President of Monsanto Company, a company which develops agricultural products and consumer goods, and President of its nutrition and consumer sector. Prior to that he was President of Monsanto Company’s agricultural sector. He previously served as a Director of Oil-Dri Corporation of America from 1997 to 2013, The Laclede Group, Inc. from 2003 to 2014, and Crown Holdings, Inc. from 1999 to April 2019.
Board Committees: Executive
Other Public Company Boards: Bank of America Corporation (since 2013)
Mr. Donald’s qualifications to serve on the Boards include his broad leadership and other executive skills gained through his prior executive leadership experience with a Fortune-100 science-based research and development, manufacturing and marketing company, a privately held company with global operations, and as head of a large international research-based not-for-profit corporation. He also has broad experience in corporate governance, having served as a Director, past and present, of a number of other publicly-traded companies.
Joe Ucuzoglu is the chief executive officer, leading the largest professional services organization in the United States. With more than 100,000 professionals, Deloitte provides audit and assurance, tax, consulting, and risk and financial advisory services to a broad cross-section of the largest corporations and governmental agencies.
Joe remains actively engaged with many of our clients across multiple sectors, working to ensure that we are consistently delivering the full breadth of Deloitte. Joe serves on the Deloitte Global Executive Committee, advising on the strategy and vision for our organization. He speaks frequently on a broad range of current issues facing the business community such as the evolving regulatory landscape and the role that businesses must play in leading society through the rapid pace of technology-driven change.
Previously, Joe served as the leader of Deloitte’s Audit & Assurance practice in the United States, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the transformation of the practice and delivering profession-leading innovation and quality while preparing Deloitte’s talent for a digitally-driven future. He also served as the national managing partner for government, regulatory, and professional matters. In this role, he had oversight for Deloitte’s interactions with regulators and elected officials as well as overseeing the government affairs, public policy, and ethics functions.
Prior to rejoining Deloitte, Joe served as senior advisor to the chief accountant at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), advising on complex accounting, auditing, and public policy matters, and interacting frequently with other governmental agencies and Congress.
Joe serves on the board of directors of the US Chamber of Commerce, the board of trustees of the SEC Historical Society, and the executive committee of University of Southern California’s SEC Financial Reporting Institute. He is a member of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, an independent research organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of US capital markets and ensuring stability of the US financial system, and is active in the Center for Audit Quality, an autonomous group devoted to fostering high-quality performance by public company auditors.