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Mary F. Sammons
Mary F. Sammons

Mary F. Sammons (born 1954) is an American businesswoman who formerly served as the CEO, and is the former chairperson, of Rite Aid.

She was formerly the president and CEO of Fred Meyer.

Biography:

Mary F. Sammons was born in 1954 and hails from Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Marylhurst College (now Marylhurst University) and St. Mary’s Academy.In 2009, Forbes named her the 21st most powerful woman in the world. She was formerly the president and CEO of Fred Meyer.

Masayoshi Son
Masayoshi Son

Masayoshi Son (born August 11, 1957) is a Japanese businessman and the founder and current chief executive officer of SoftBank, the chief executive officer of SoftBank Mobile, and current chairman of Sprint Corporation. According to Forbes magazine, Son’s estimated net worth is US $17 billion and he is the second-richest man in Japan, despite having the distinction of losing the most money in history (approximately $70 billion during the dot com crash of 2000). Forbes also describes him as a philanthropist.

Son was named the world’s 45th most powerful person by Forbes Magazine’s List of The World’s Most Powerful People in 2013.

Background

Of Korean ethnicity, Son’s family adopted the Japanese surname Yasumoto in daily life and Son used this surname as a child. Son pursued his interests in business by securing a meeting with Japan McDonald’s president Den Fujita. Taking his advice, Son began studying English and computer science.

At age 16, Son moved to California and finished high school while staying with friends and family in South San Francisco. After spending two years at Holy Names University, he transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, in which he majored in economics and studied computer science. Enamored by a microchip featured in a magazine, Son at age 19 became confident that computer technology would ignite the next commercial revolution.

Convinced that anything related to microchips could yield a fortune, Son decided to produce at least one entrepreneurial idea a day. He patented a translating device that he eventually sold to Sharp Electronics for $1 million. Applications of the patent include the Wizard series of Sharp PDAs.

Son graduated from Berkeley with a BA in economics in 1980, and started Unison in Oakland, California, which has since been bought by Kyocera. In 1990, Son Masayoshi adopted Japanese citizenship.

Yahoo! BB:

Although SoftBank’s stake in Yahoo! had dwindled to 7%, Son established Yahoo! BroadBand in September 2001 with Yahoo! Japan in which he still owned a controlling interest. After a severe devaluation of SoftBank’s equity, Son was forced to focus his attention on Yahoo! BB and BB Phone. So far, SoftBank has accumulated about $1.3 billion in debt. Yet, Yahoo! BB acquired Japan Telecom, the then third largest broadband and landline provider with 600,000 residential and 170,000 commercial subscribers. Yahoo! BB is now Japan’s leading broadband provider.

Vodafone K. K.:

On March 17, 2006, Vodafone Group announced it had agreed to sell Vodafone K.K. to SoftBank for approximately 1.75 trillion Japanese yen (approximately US$ 15.1 billion). On April 14, 2006, SoftBank and Vodafone K. K. jointly announced, that the brand and company name Vodafone will be changed to a “new, easy-to-understand and familiar company name and brand”. Masayoshi Son is the CEO (Representative Director) of Vodafone K. K.

Sprint Corporation:

Through SoftBank Masayoshi Son bought 76% in Sprint. SoftBank has further accumulated shares in Sprint (S); to about 80% ownership.

Investment in Solar Power:

In response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, Masayoshi Son criticized the nuclear industry for creating “the problem that worries Japanese the most today”, and engaged in investing in a nationwide solar power network for Japan.

Philanthropy:

In 2011 Masayoshi Son pledged to donate 10 billion yen ($120 million) and his remaining salary until retirement to help support victims of 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

Meg Whitman
Meg Whitman

Margaret Cushing “Meg” Whitman (born August 4, 1956) is an American business executive. Whitman is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, as well as the Chairwoman of HP Inc.

A native of Long Island, New York, Whitman is a graduate of Princeton University, New Jersey, and Harvard Business School, Massachusetts. Whitman served as an executive in The Walt Disney Company, where she was Vice President of Strategic Planning throughout the 1980s. In the 1990s, Whitman served as an executive for DreamWorks, Procter & Gamble, and Hasbro.

Whitman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay, from 1998 to 2008. During Whitman’s 10 years with the company, she oversaw its expansion from 30 employees and $4 million in annual revenue, to more than 15,000 employees and $8 billion in annual revenue. In 2014, Whitman was named 20th in Forbes List of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.

In 2008, Whitman was cited by The New York Times as among the women most likely to become the first female President of the United States.In February 2009, Whitman announced her candidacy for Governor of California, becoming the third woman in a 20-year period to run for the office. Whitman won the Republican primary in June 2010. The fourth wealthiest woman in the state of California with a net worth of $1.3 billion in 2010,[6] she spent more of her own money on the race than any other political candidate spent on a single election in American history,spending $144 million total of her own fortune and $178.5 million, including donors.Whitman was defeated by Jerry Brown in the 2010 California gubernatorial election.

Political positions:

Whitman was a supporter of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2008 and was on his national finance team.She was also listed as finance co-chair of Romney’s exploratory committee.After Romney stepped out of the race and endorsed John McCain, Whitman joined McCain’s presidential campaign as a national co-chair.McCain mentioned Whitman as a possible Secretary of the Treasury during the second presidential debate in 2008.However, McCain lost the 2008 general election to Barack Obama.

While running for governor, Whitman emphasized three major areas: job creation, reduced state government spending, and reform of the state’s K-12 educational system. She argued that it is best to start only a few things and finish them, instead of starting a lot of things and finishing few of them.

During the 2012 Republican primaries, Whitman endorsed Mitt Romney,who praised Whitman.Whitman’s name had been mentioned as a possible cabinet member in a Romney administration.However, Romney lost the 2012 general election to Barack Obama.

During the 2016 Republican primaries, Whitman was finance co-chair of Chris Christie’s presidential campaign. After Christie withdrew from the race and subsequently endorsed the Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump, Whitman criticized Christie’s endorsement as “an astonishing display of political opportunism” and called on other Christie donors to reject Trump.

Michael  Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg

He is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg L.P., one of the most prestigious financial data services company in the world. He is also the mayor of New York City. He is a noted philanthropist who has given $300 million to Johns Hopkins University.

Michael Corbat
Michael Corbat

Michael L. Corbat (born May 2, 1960) is an American banker and the current chief executive officer of Citigroup, a position he has held since October 2012.

Early life and education:

Born in Bristol, Connecticut, Corbat graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in economics where he also played offensive guard for the school’s football team. He was two time all Ivy League and was selected as first string College Football All-America Team in NCAA Division I-AA in 1982. He was the first Harvard player to be selected since Dan Jiggetts in 1975. While at Harvard Mr. Corbat was a member of The AD finals club along with several other social societies.

Career:

Corbat has worked at Citi or its predecessor companies for his entire career, starting with Salomon Brothers. He has served as Head of Citi’s Global Corporate Bank and Global Commercial Bank and CEO of Citi’s Global Wealth Management (consisting of Smith Barney and the Citi Private Bank). As CEO of Citi Holdings, he was responsible for and led the divestiture of a portfolio of non-core business and assets following the financial crisis of 2008 and Citi’s participation in the Troubled Asset Relief Program.[citation needed] In 2011, he was named CEO of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) where he oversaw all Citi operations in the region. In October 2012, Mike Corbat was appointed CEO of Citi.

Personal life:

Corbat is an enthusiastic fly fisherman, golfer and downhill skier. He serves on the Citigroup Board of Directors, the EMI Board of Directors, BritishAmerican Business Board of Directors and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation Board of Trustees.

Michael Dell
Michael Dell

He is the founder, CEO and Chairman of Dell, Inc. He was actually pursuing a pre-med degree at the University of Texas when he dropped out after realizing he could earn more by repairing and selling upgraded computers.

Michael O’Leary
Michael O’Leary

Michael Kevin O’Leary is an Irish businessman and the chief executive officer of the Irish airline Ryanair. He is one of Ireland’s wealthiest businessmen.

Early lifeL:

Michael O’Leary was born 20 March 1961, the second in a family of six, in Kanturk in County Cork. He was educated at Clongowes Wood College, County Kildare. In 1979 he began a four-year Bachelor in Economic and Social Studies programme at Trinity College Dublin. He graduated from Trinity and then worked as a trainee with Stokes Kennedy Crowley (later known as KPMG), studying the Irish tax system. He left after two years in 1985, setting up profitable newsagents in Walkinstown and Terenure, Dublin.

While at Stokes Kennedy Crowley, O’Leary met Tony Ryan, head of GPA (Guinness Peat Aviation, a leasing company). Ryan was one of the firm’s clients and O’Leary advised Ryan on his personal income tax affairs. In 1987, he then hired O’Leary as his personal financial and tax advisor, where Ryan’s main interest was in GPA. Ryanair was established around this time and originally followed a traditional business model, but quickly began to lose money. Subsequently O’Leary was sent to the USA to study the novel Southwest Airlines business model.

Ryanair career:

O’Leary was deputy chief executive of Ryanair between 1991 and 1994 and was promoted to chief executive of Ryanair in January 1994. Under O’Leary’s management, Ryanair further developed the low-cost model originated by Southwest Airlines. O’Leary may have described the inauguration of the ancillary revenue movement during a 2001 interview in The Sunday Times.
“The other airlines are asking how they can put up fares. We are asking how we could get rid of them.” The business model envisioned by O’Leary uses receipts from on board shopping, internet gaming, car hire and hotel bookings to replace the ticket revenue from selling airline seats. Savings are also made by negotiating discounts with airports for reduced landing fees. In many cases, regional airports have made no charges so as to secure flights that bring passengers and wealth into their area.

The deregulation of Ireland’s major airports and a transformation of traditional full-service airlines are among his demands.

He claims he was approached to front the BBC’s version of The Apprentice but declined as it was “too much of a distraction”.

In August 2014, O’Leary unveiled plans to develop a Ryanair Israel to operate extensive flights to and from Israel and a large network of European cities. The plans include the establishment of a large hub in Israel.

Controversy and reputation:

O’Leary has a reputation for loose talk in the airline industry and among its regulators. Many press articles have often described him as arrogant, and prone to making comments which he later contradicts. He has been extravagantly outspoken in his public statements, sometimes resorting to personal attacks and foul language. His abrasive management style, ruthless pursuit of cost-cutting and his explicitly hostile attitude towards corporate competitors, airport authorities, governments, unions and customers has become a hallmark. He was reported to have been aggressive and hostile in dealings with a woman who was awarded free flights for life in 1988. In 2007, he was forced to retract a claim that Ryanair had cut emissions of carbon dioxide by half over the previous five years; the claim should have been that emissions ‘per passenger’ had been cut by half. O’Leary has been reported to have impersonated a journalist in an attempt to find information passed on to a newspaper following a safety incident on a Ryanair flight. On occasion he has apologised for personal attacks under threat of legal action.[29] He has been criticized by a judge for lying, who said he was lucky not to be found guilty of contempt of court.

In a press conference discussing Ryanair’s planned intercontinental service RyanAtlantic, O’Leary jokingly described the airline’s planned business class travel experience as featuring “whores and rum”. In 2002 he said that his company is against any long-haul transatlantic services, stating that:

The low-cost model only really works for short-haul flights […] If we started flying farther afield, we’d have to do something stupid like introducing what I call a ‘rich class’ to make it pay.

However, more than a decade later, in 2013 he said, while at the Paris Air Show, that he wanted to sell cheap flights from the U.S. to Europe for as low as 10 euros ($13) or $10, if conditions were right. He said that he needed a fleet of at least 30 twin-aisle aircraft and access to ports (e.g. major U.S. and European cities, in the airline industry there are so called slots or sometimes gates, often regulated by law, and without obtaining them it is impossible to have regular service to airports). Despite his claims in 2002, there were so called budget airliners in the past – for example Laker Airways flights from London to New York in the late 1970s or long-hauls at budget-fares on other continents like AirAsiaX in Malaysia and the Australian Jetstar Group.

Reacting to the decision to close European airspace in April 2010 over worries about the ash plume from an erupting Icelandic volcano he said “there was no ash cloud. It was mythical. It’s become evident the airspace closure was completely unnecessary.” One study concluded that serious structural damage to aircraft could have occurred if passenger planes had continued to fly. Scientists and the industry as a whole remain unconvinced, however.

In May 2014 O’Leary was highly critical of a 24-hour strike by Aer Lingus cabin crew, staged on 30 May 2014. Aer Lingus, whose biggest shareholder at the time was O’Leary’s company Ryanair, had to cancel 200 flights and disrupt travel plans for 200,000 people. O’Leary accused Aer Lingus of “mismanagement” of its employee relations, called for the sacking of a board member, and said the striking employees should be punished by having their discount travel incentives withdrawn for a year.

According to the Bilderberg Group Michael O’Leary will be attending the secretive Bilderberg Group this year.

Registration of private car as taxi:

Michael O’Leary’s personal Mercedes-Benz S500, operated by O’Leary Cabs and complete with “for hire” roof bar
In 2004 he purchased a taxi plate for his Mercedes-Benz S-Class, to enable it to be classified as a taxi so that he could legally make use of Dublin’s bus lanes to speed up his car journeys around the city. A press report suggested that since he had stopped driving his own taxi, he has employed a driver with full PSV licence. In 2005 the Irish transport minister expressed concern at this abuse by O’Leary and others.

Michel Combes
Michel Combes

Michel Combes (born March 29, 1962) is a French businessman and the current CEO of French telecommunications company SFR.

Early life:

He attended the Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris, then graduated from École Polytechnique in 1983,Télécom ParisTech, Paris Dauphine University and Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam).

Career:

After several jobs in ministries, at France Télécom and at TDF, he was CEO of Vodafone Europe from 2008 to 2012.

On February 22, 2013, the Alcatel-Lucent board of directors appointed Michel Combes as the company’s CEO, succeeding Ben Verwaayen (effective April 1).On June 19, 2013, Combes announced plans to focus Alcatel-Lucent’s operations on networking products and high-speed broadband in order to cut costs by 1 billion euros by 2015.

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Michele  Ferrero
Michele Ferrero

He is the owner of Ferrero SpA. It is the company that produces Nutella, Tic Tacs, Ferrero Rocher, Kinder Chocolate and Kinder Eggs.

Mickey Drexler
Mickey Drexler

Millard “Mickey” S. Drexler (born August 17, 1944) is the current chairman and CEO of J.Crew Group and formerly the CEO of Gap Inc. He was a director at Apple Inc. from 1999 to 2015

Education and early career:

Drexler studied at the Bronx High School of Science, City College of New York, and University at Buffalo. He later received an M.B.A. from Boston University Graduate School of Management.

In the mid-1970s, Drexler was a merchandising vice-president at Abraham & Straus in Brooklyn, New York. He has also worked at Ann Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s.

Career:

Drexler is often credited with Gap’s meteoric rise during the 1990s. Until then Gap had been a relatively small chain selling private and public brands. Under Drexler the company made a dramatic shift to private brand merchandise and expanded rapidly to become an iconic part of 90s pop culture. Television advertisements featuring young models and catchy music such as “Mellow Yellow” and “Dress You Up in My Love” came to epitomize the relaxed American casual look that defined the Gap brand.On May 22, 2002, however, Drexler was abruptly fired by Gap founder Donald Fisher.

The J.Crew Group, an American clothing and accessories retailer based in New York City, founded in 1983 with the launch of its catalog and expanded into brick-and-mortar retailing in 1989 with its first store at the South Street Seaport in New York City. J. Crew quickly hired Drexler after his abrupt departure from Gap. Drexler has sought in his role of CEO to reposition the J. Crew brand as a truly upscale boutique. What was once a moderately priced, American, dressy-casual brand is quickly becoming an upscale, dressy-vintage American brand with “frills included”.

Mickey Drexler was on Apple’s board from 1999 until 2015.

Drexler has made a guest appearance in an episode of the AMC drama Breaking Bad called Confessions, in which he plays a car wash customer. Drexler said his scene took nine takes to film.