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Chris T. Sullivan
Chris T. Sullivan

Chris T. Sullivan (born February 15, 1948, in Lake City, Florida) is one of the founders of Outback Steakhouse and OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC. He also formerly held the titles of director and chairman. He is currently a board member at Bloomin’ Brands.

Early life:

Sullivan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BS in Business and Economics in 1972. Sullivan’s restaurant management career began in 1972 as restaurant manager trainee in the Steak & Ale restaurant group.

Career:

Sullivan and co-founders Bob Basham, Tim Gannon and Trudy Cooper opened the first Outback Steakhouse in March 1988. His management of the company saw the chain expand into a worldwide company, with more than 900 restaurants worldwide. He also expanded the brand into numerous subsidiaries, including Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Bonefish Grill, Paul Lee’s Chinese Kitchen and several other hospitality-related businesses.

From February 1991 to March 2005, Sullivan was CEO of OSI Restaurant Partners, Inc. (now called OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC). From August 1987 to February 1991, he was president of the company.

In an interview with Inc.com, Sullivan stated his biggest mistake in his career was the way he handled the rollout of Carrabba’s Italian Grill. “With Outback we would approach a new market by developing one new restaurant in the first year and two or three more in the second year. With Carrabba’s, we developed four, five, and six restaurants in the first year. We should have gone in and made sure our franchisee partners had opened their first restaurant in a successful manner before we started with a second one.”, he told the interviewer, going on to reveal that not getting the people side right at the restaurant caused major problems that took two years to correct and “a lot of money””.

In 2009, he was acting mentor to Virginia-based restaurant chain Café Caturra.

In recent times, Sullivan has moved into investment; in April 2015, Sullivan led a $2.2 million funding round for the tech startup SiteZeus, a company that automates the site selection process for the restaurant, retail and hospitality industries.

In addition to his current roles, Sullivan serves several organisations in various positions including Florida Council of 100 Executive Committee, the Florida Chamber of Commerce; the board of for the Florida Council on Economic Education, Lowry Park Zoological Endowment Foundation; chairman’s board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America; co-chair and board of Kentucky Speedway; the advisory board for the Salvation Army; and vice chairman for Scripps Florida’s funding board; and the Employment Policies Institute.

In 2014, Sullivan was inducted into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

Christie Hefner
Christie Hefner

Christie Ann Hefner (born November 8, 1952) is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Playboy Enterprises, the company created by her father, Hugh Hefner. She stepped down from her position at Playboy on January 30, 2009. She has often worked with the progressive political organization Center for American Progress. Their site describes her as having “long been involved in electing progressive candidates, advancing women, First Amendment issues, and advancing treatment for people with HIV/AIDS.” She is currently executive chairman of Canyon Ranch Enterprises, chairman of the board of Hatch Beauty, board member and strategic advisor of Luminary Digital Media, and global editorial advisory boardmember of Reuters.

Early life:

Hefner was born in Wilmette, Illinois. She is the daughter of Mildred (Williams) and Hugh Hefner. Her parents had separated by the time she was five. When her mother remarried, she moved to Wilmette, Illinois. There she graduated from New Trier High School. She attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen during the summers from 1964-1969.

She graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature in 1974. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year.

Career:

After college, she started working at Playboy. After four years, she was promoted to vice president.

In 1982, she became president of Playboy Enterprises, and was made chairman of the board and CEO in 1988. The company acquired adult-oriented businesses such as Spice Network and ClubJenna.

In 2008, she released a memo to employees about her efforts to streamline the company’s operations, including eliminating its DVD division and laying off staff.

On December 8, 2008, she announced her plans to step down as CEO of Playboy as of January 31, 2009.Hefner said that the election of Barack Obama as the next U.S. president had inspired her to give more time to charitable work, and that the decision to step down was her own. “Just as this country is embracing change in the form of new leadership, I have decided that now is the time to make changes in my own life as well,” she said.

In May 2011, she was named executive chairman of Canyon Ranch Enterprises, a resort company that operates six premier spa destinations and an online website providing health and wellness advice.

Philanthropy:

Hefner created the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in honor of her father, and has helped to raise $30 million to build the CORE Center in Chicago, the first outpatient facility in the Midwest for people with AIDS.

Christopher McCormick
Christopher McCormick

Chris McCormick (born in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is the former chief executive officer of L.L.Bean mail-order, online and retail company based in Freeport, Maine. He is the first non-family member to have held this position at L.L. Bean. McCormick joined the company in 1983 as an advertising manager and was the chief marketing officer before assuming the role of president and CEO in May 2001. On November 3, 2015, Stephen Smith was named the fourth President and CEO of L.L.Bean. , with McCormick retiring from the company.

McCormick is a member of the Advisory Council of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University.
Education
McCormick graduated from Fairfield University Dolan School of Business in 1977 and completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 2000.

Chua Sock Koong
Chua Sock Koong

Chua Sock Koong (born 1957) is the Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SingTel. She was the company’s Deputy Group CEO and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), a position she assumed in February 2006, before she took over Lee Hsien Yang’s CEO post in April 2007.

Previously as a CFO, Chua was responsible for all financial functions at SingTel, including treasury and risk management. Her assumption of this role was covered by Business Times (Singapore), which applauded her broad exposure across all areas of the business,” and noted her “significant role in SingTel’s major acquisitions, divestments and partnerships.”

Achievements & Awards:

Fortune Magazine named her in their 2011 list of the Most Powerful Woman Leaders in Business. In 2012, she was named one of Forbes Asia’s “Women in the Mix” for 2013.

In 2014 Fortune Magazine rated here as 74th out of the 100 most powerful woman leaders in the world.

Criticism:

Anti-Net Neutrality:

The debate on Net neutrality in India started after Airtel, the national division of Bharti Airtel, a mobile telephony service provider in India (32.15% owned by Singtel), announced in December 2014 to charge additional rates for making voice calls (VoIP) from its network using apps like WhatsApp, Skype, etc.

Chua said in March 2014, she “urged regulators to give carriers like Optus the right to charge rivals such as WhatsApp and Skype for use of their networks or risk a major decline in network investment”.

This resulted in a warning on 7 March 2014 by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).

She repeated her message on 22 January 2015. In addition to her statement from last year about their rivals Singtel released their own WhatsApp and Skype competitor app which called “Wavee”.

Ad campaign:

Chua Sock Koong apologised for the Smear Campaign against M1 and Starhub and Singtel received a ‘stern warning’ from the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.