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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.

Christy  Walton
Christy Walton

She is the widow of John Walton, the son of Sam and Helen Walton. Her husband passed away in 2005. She is considered to be one of the greatest female philanthropists in the world.

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.

Chuck Robbins
Chuck Robbins

Charles H. “Chuck” Robbins is an American businessman. He serves as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Cisco Systems, the American manufacturer of networking hardware.

Early life:

Robbins was educated at Rocky Mount High School in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. In 1987, he received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Career:

For five years after graduation, he worked as an application developer for North Carolina National Bank, (now part of Bank of America). Robbins next worked for Wellfleet Communications, which merged with SynOptics to become Bay Networks, followed by a short spell at Ascend Communications before joining Cisco in 1997.

On 4 May 2015, Cisco announced that the CEO and chairman John Chambers would step down as CEO on 26 July 2015 but remain chairman. Chuck Robbins, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales & Operations and a 17-year Cisco veteran, would become CEO.

Robbins was appointed CEO of Cisco Systems on 26 July 2015.

Chuck Rozanski
Chuck Rozanski

Charles Rozanski (born March 11, 1955) is a German-American retailer and columnist, known as the President and CEO of the Denver, Colorado-based Mile High Comics Inc., and a columnist for the Comics Buyer’s Guide.

Career:

Mile High Comics:

In 1969, when Rozanski was 13, he began working out of his parents’ Colorado basement, selling back issues of comic books by running mail order ads in the magazine Rocket’s Blast Comicollector. The following year, he began promoting comics as the youngest seller ever to exhibit at the Colorado Springs Antiques Market. In 1971, he founded the Colorado Springs Comics Club. The following year, he attended his first national comics convention, Multicon in Oklahoma City, where he sold $1,800 USD in comics in three days. It was this point that he realized comics retailing could be a career. He opened his first store in Boulder, Colorado in 1974 with $800 in cash and 10,000 comics. By 1977, he had expanded to four stores in the greater Denver area. In December of that year, he purchased the Edgar Church Collection, the largest and highest-quality Golden Age comics collection ever discovered. The cache had been preserved due to the unvarying 60 degree temperature and minimal humidity, and consisted of 16,000 comic books dating from 1937 to 1955, including the first Superman comic and the first Marvel Comic. The purchase of the Church Collection helped Mile High Comics expand its influence nationally, and helped bring a geometric rise to the price of rare comic books, which became a legitimate investment. Rozanski once sold a batch of comics from the Church Collection and used the profits to put a down payment on a 22,000 square-foot warehouse.

In 1979 Rozanski purchased Richard Alf Comics’ mail order division, with which he gained systems and methods for greatly expanding his mail order sales. In 1980, Rozanski purchased a double-page ad in mainstream Marvel comics, listing prices for back issues he had for sale. This ad, which was the first of its kind, was a departure from the general practice of the time for its inclusion of prices, which Rozanski explains was a way to educate non-collectors as to the value of their collections. The ad affirmed that back issues were a valid commodity for the collector’s market, and lead not only to a boom to Mile High Comics, but to the entire back issue market. In 1991 Rozanski opened the first comics mega-store in Denver, which measured 11,000 square feet. The company eventually expanded to eight stores, and has grown to become one of the most successful comics specialty shops in the United States.

Writing:

In 2002 Rozanski began writing the column “Tales from the Database” for the Comics Buyer’s Guide.

Appearances:

Rozanski drives all over the U.S. to local comics shops in order to stock Mile High’s back issue inventory. He is also a frequent attendee at comic book conventions across the country.

Rozanski was one of five people whose journey to and experiences at the San Diego Comic Con were depicted in the 2011 Morgan Spurlock documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. In the film, Rozanski seeks to sell a copy of Red Raven #1 for $500,000 in order to pay off his debts. Although he does not sell the comic book, his booth at the convention generates more profit than the previous year’s, allowing Mile High Comics to move into a new 65,000 square foot warehouse.

Awards and recognition:

Rozanski is widely recognized as an industry leader, and in 2003 he was awarded the Defender of Liberty Award by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for his long-standing dedication to the protection of free speech.

Cyrus Poonawalla
Cyrus Poonawalla

Born         :                  1945
Spouse      :                   Villoo Poonawalla
Net worth :                   8.5 billion USD (2015) Forbes
Children    :                   Adar Poonawalla
Organization founded : Serum Institute of India
Siblings     :                   Zavaray Poonawalla

Cyrus S. Poonawalla is an Indian vaccine magnate, He is the chairman of Poonawalla Group, which includes Serum Institute of India, the Indian biotech company that manufactures paediatric vaccines.

Education and career:

As per Forbes Mar 2016 rankings, Poonawalla’s net worth is $8.5 billion and is ranked #5th richest person in India and #133th richest person in the world.[2] He did his schooling from The Bishop’s School in Pune, and later graduated from Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce, University of Pune, in 1966.

Awards:
He was awarded the Padma Shri for his contribution to the field of medicine, by Government of India in 2005.