A beautifully told story with colorful characters out of epic tradition, a tight and complex plot, and solid pacing. -- Booklist, starred review of On the Razor's Edge

Great writing, vivid scenarios, and thoughtful commentary ... the stories will linger after the last page is turned. -- Publisher's Weekly, on Captive Dreams

Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Fifteen People Who Run America

OK.  They don't. 

Of the interlocking boards of directors of Fortune 500 corporations, these fifteen people hold more active seats than anyone else - five apiece - but they hardly hold the majority of all board seats!  Still, we might call them the "most connected" board members.  If you want to start a rumor in the halls of Corporate America, whisper it to one of these folks.  You likely never heard of any of them:

  • Linda G. Alvarado Alvarado Construction, Inc.
  • Ursula O. Fairbairn American Express EVP
  • Rozanne L. Ridgway Asst. Secy. of State for Europe, 1985-89
  • Jackie M. Ward CEO of Computer Generation, 1968-2000
  • J. Steven Whisler CEO of Phelps Dodge, 2000-07
  • Peter C. Browning CEO of Sonoco Products, 1998-2000
  • Charles R. Lee CEO of Verizon, 2000-02
  • Ann N. Reese CFO of ITT, 1995-98
  • Robert L. Ryan CFO of Medtronic, 1993-2005
  • John K. Wulff CFO of Union Carbide, 1996-2001
  • William H. Gray Congressman from Pennsylvania, 1979-91
  • Shirley A. Jackson NRC Chairman, 1995-99
  • John C. Pope President and COO of United Airlines, 1992-94
  • Leonard S. Coleman, Jr. President of MLB National League, 1994-99
  • Karen Hastie Williams Retired Partner, Crowell & Moring
Of the fifteen:
5 are black (33%)
5 are Democrats (33%), 3 are Republicans (20%), and the rest don't say. 
7 are female; 8 are male, as close to 50/50 as you can get with 15 people. 

For more fun with America's corporate elite, go here:
Corporate Power Nexus

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