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Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren ( born ; October 1, 1939) is an American fashion designer, philanthropist, and business executive, best known for the Ralph Lauren Corporation clothing company, a global multi-billion-dollar enterprise. He has also become well known for his collection of rare automobiles, some of which have been displayed in museum exhibits. Lauren stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of the company in September 2015 but remains its Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer. As of January 2015, Forbes estimates his wealth at $8 billion, which makes Ralph Lauren the 155th richest person in the world.

Career:

He went to Baruch College where he studied business, although he dropped out after two years. From 1962 to 1964 he served in the United States Army and left to work briefly for Brooks Brothers as a sales assistant before leaving to become a salesman for a tie company. In 1966, when he was 26, he was inspired to design a wide, European-style necktie he had seen Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. wearing, but the idea was rejected by the company for which he worked as not being commercially viable. He left to establish his own company, working out of a drawer in the Empire State Building, taking rags and turning them into ties. He sold the ties to small shops in New York, with a major turning point when he was approached by Neiman Marcus, who bought 1,200.

In 1967, with the financial backing of Manhattan clothing manufacturer Norman Hilton, Lauren opened a necktie store where he also sold ties of his own design, under the label “Polo”. He later received the rights to use the trademark Polo from Brooks Brothers; however, Brooks Brothers managed to retain its rights to the iconic “original polo button-down collar” shirt (still produced today), in spite of Lauren’s Polo trademark. In 1971, he expanded his line and opened a Polo boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California.

In 1970, Ralph Lauren won the Coty Award for his menswear line. Around that same time he released a line of women’s suits that were tailored in a classic men’s style. This was the first time the Polo emblem was seen, displayed on the cuff of the suit. Ralph Lauren released Polo’s famous short sleeve pique shirt with the Polo logo in 1972 and unveiled his first Ralph Lauren collection for women.It came out in 24 colors and soon became a classic.He also gained recognition for his design after he was contracted to provide clothing styles for the movie The Great Gatsby as well as for Diane Keaton’s title character in the 1977 feature film Annie Hall.

In 1984, he transformed the Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo House, former home of the photographer Edgar de Evia and Robert Denning, into the flagship store for Polo Ralph Lauren. This same year de Evia photographed the cover feature story for House & Garden on the Lauren home Round Hill in Jamaica,which had formerly been the home of Babe and Bill Paley.On June 11, 1997, Ralph Lauren Corporation became a public company, traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol RL.

By 2007 Ralph Lauren had over 35 boutiques in the United States; 23 locations carried the Ralph Lauren Purple Label, including Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Boston, Charlotte, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Costa Mesa, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Houston, Las Vegas, Manhasset, New York, Palm Beach, Palo Alto, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Short Hills, Montreal and Troy. The Financial Times reported in January 2010 that the firm had revenues of $5 billion for fiscal year 2009.

On September 29, 2015, Ralph Lauren announced that he would be stepping down as Chief Executive, to be replaced by Stefan Larsson, the President of Gap’s Old Navy chain.

Awards and honors:

In 2010, Lauren was declared Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris.

In 2014, Lauren was awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal.

Richard Carrión
Richard Carrión

Richard L. Carrión Rexach (born November 26, 1952) is the current Chairman and CEO of Popular, Inc., parent company of Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Banco Popular North America and E-Loan.

Early life:

Carrión was born and raised in Puerto Rico. His grandfather was one of the founders of Popular, Inc. (BPPR). He received a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce in 1974 and an MS in Management Information Systems from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1976.After the master’s degree, Mr. Carrión joined Banco Popular in 1976. After his father’s death, Carrión became the leader of that banking corporation.

Popular, Inc.

Richard L. Carrión is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Popular, Inc., a publicly traded financial holding company with more than $45 billion in consolidated assets. Today, Banco Popular, a wholly owned subsidiary of Popular, Inc., is Puerto Rico’s leading depository institution, the largest Hispanic-owned bank in North America, and one of the 30 most important financial institutions in the Americas. As CEO, Carrión has led the way through numerous innovations in the company such as its expansion through the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States.

While Mr. Carrión was President of Banco Popular, Popular completed the acquisition of various financial institutions, including Banco de Ponce, Banco Roig, Seminole Bank, First State Bank of Southern California, Gore Bronson Bancorp in Chicago and Aurora National Bank. At the time of the acquisition, Banco de Ponce was the second largest bank in Puerto Rico. Recently, he also headed Popular’s recent acquisition of Quaker City, a savings and loan holding company for Quaker City Bank, based in Whittier, California, and Kislak National Bank, a Florida-based commercial bank.

In the information technology arena, Carrión’s vision brought the first network of ATMs to Puerto Rico and many other Latin American countries, and also spearheaded the successful migration from paper to electronic transactions. In 1999, after the acquisition of GM Group, Inc., the largest data processing center in the Caribbean, Popular consolidated its leadership role in the technological arena, thus creating EVERTEC, a new leader in information technology.

As of May 24, 2010, Popular Inc.’s board of directors announced that David Chafey, Jr., president and chief operating office would no longer be employed by the company. The board appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Richard Carrión as President. The company added that the position of Chief Operating Officer would not be filled at this time.

Philanthropy:

For almost three decades Mr. Carrión has divided his time between Popular and philanthropy, placing particular emphasis on education and sports. He is the founder and trustee of the Banco Popular Foundation; which, among other charities, has donated scholarships to over 1,000 students through the Rafael Carrión, Jr. Scholarship Fund. He currently served on the board of directors of the Puerto Rico Telephone Company and Verizon. Since 1992, Carrión has also been involved in the production of music videos that highlight Puerto Rico’s musical culture and history. In 2007, he was appointed a member of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Finance Commission.

Mr. Carrión has also contributed to improving Puerto Rico’s public education system. He participated in Sapientis Week, an initiative sponsored by the non-profit Sapientis which brings distinguished public figures into classrooms in order to raise the public’s awareness of the education crisis in Puerto Rico.

International Olympic Committe:

He has been a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1990 and currently chairs the Finance Commission and is a member of the IOC’s Marketing, TV and Internet Rights Commissions. Mr. Carrión led the negotiation team for the U.S. broadcast of the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games – generating $2 billion in revenue – and was elected to the IOC Executive Board in 2004. He was one of the torch carriers for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

From 1987, he and the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee led a fight to try to bring the 2004 Summer Olympic Games to San Juan. That bid failed, however, when Athens was voted in 1997 as the city to host those games.

In 2012, Carrión awarded Javier Culson with the bronze medal for the 400 m hurdles and Jaime Espinal with the silver medal for wrestling freestyle 84 kg at the 2012 Olympics. Culson and Espinal were the first Puerto Ricans to win Olympic medals outside of boxing.

Candidacy for IOC President:

On May 22, 2013 Richard Carrión confirmed that he would run for President of the IOC. At the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Carrión secured 29 votes in the final round of voting, but lost the election to Thomas Bach.

Richard Notebaert
Richard Notebaert

Richard C. Notebaert (born 1947 in Montreal, Canada) is the former Chairman and CEO of Qwest, Tellabs and Ameritech. He was credited for saving Qwest from bankruptcy, and making Ameritech the most successful “Baby Bell”.

Notebaert is a member of the board of directors of Aon Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and American Electric Power Company, Inc. He is also the Chair of University of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees. In 2003, Notebaert was appointed by President Bush to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

Career:

Notebaert was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1947 and grew up in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from University of Wisconsin–Madison with a bachelor’s degree in 1969, he joined Wisconsin Bell marketing operation. He was promoted to the vice president of marketing and operations in 1983 after he obtained an MBA from University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. After that he had been president of Ameritech Mobile Communications, Indiana Bell Telephone Company, Ameritech Services. In 1994, he became the president and CEO of Ameritech Corporation. He was the chairman and CEO of Tellabs from 2000 to 2002. Notebaert became the chairman and CEO of Qwest Communications International, Inc. in June 2002. He retired in August 2007.

Rodger O. Riney
Rodger O. Riney

Rodger O. Riney (born 1946) is the CEO and founder of Scottrade, an online discount brokerage firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Early life:

Riney was born in 1946 and was introduced to the stock market by his grandparents after giving him 10 shares of a stock. He attended college in the 1960s and worked in the financial services industry. He interned at Edward D. Jones & Company.

Riney earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Missouri. He and his wife, Paula, are members of Kirkwood Baptist Church in St. Louis County, Missouri.

Scottrade:

After the deregulation of the brokerage industry in 1975, Rodger saw an opportunity to provide lower commission trades. In 1980, he founded Scottrade in Scottsdale, Arizona under the name of Scottsdale Securities.

In 1982, Scottrade branched out from Scottsdale, Arizona, promoting discounted commissions for trades placed by telephone. Riney introduced internet trading in the 1990s. Scottrade has over 500 branch offices nationwide and offers managed services for clients who are seeking fee based advice. The company offers a full range of banking services to retail clients and makes commercial loans to small business.

Riney’s management methods are described as conservative. He stated his intention to maintain private ownership and is against merging. In 2013 Scottrade was cited as 53rd in the top 100 companies to work for.

Ronish Baxter – CEO Suncom Infotech

Ronish Baxter is an entrepreneur from India who is also the CEO of Suncom Infotech. He hails from New Delhi, India and has been associated with this organization from November 2011 i.e more than 7 years. Prior to joining this company, he has been associated with some renowned cloud computing companies and has had a quite successful career in terms of both success and achievement.

Growing up in New Delhi, he completed his schooling from the Shri Ram School and was even the captain of his school cricket team. From a very young age, he showed interest towards entrepreneurship and was always a very bright boy as told by his teachers. He completed his business management studies from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s College of Business. After completing his studies, he left for India and started his entrepreneurial journey.

Since his present company Suncom Infotech Pvt. Ltd. is associated with IT Consulting, Managed IT & Security Services and Interactive Services for organizations in the enterprise and government sectors therefore he has to always be at par with the latest developments in the industry. Ronish Baxter feels that the industry has changed substantially over the years and the way it is advancing at this stage, there will be a time when India will be recognized as one of the global leaders in terms of technology innovation and new growth strategies.

When it comes to his family, Ronish Baxter has grown up in a very strict and disciplined environment since his father was a general in the Indian army. His mother was a teacher. Ronish Baxter gives credit to his success to such an upbringing which helped him to understand what’s really important in life and focus on the job at hand. He is presently married and has two daughters.

Ronish Baxter-Suncom Infotech CEO
Ross McEwan
Ross McEwan

Ross Maxwell McEwan (born 16 July 1957) is a New Zealand banker, who has been the chief executive officer (CEO) of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS), a FTSE 100 company since 1 October 2013, succeeding Stephen Hester.

Early life and education:

McEwan was educated at Hastings Boys’ High School, Hastings, followed by Massey University, where he completed a degree in business studies and human resources, despite having failed an accountancy module twice.

Career:

McEwan’s first top management position was as Chief Executive of Axa New Zealand from 1996 to 2002. He had spent the previous ten years at National Mutual New Zealand, 51% acquired by Axa in 1995. McEwan was then appointed CEO of First NZ Securities, the stockbroking arm of First NZ Capital Securities, the New Zealand affiliate of Credit Suisse Group.

In 2003 McEwan was hired as group executive for retail banking services for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). He had been expected to become the next CEO of CBA, but was passed over for the post in 2011.

McEwan joined RBS in August 2012 as head of retail banking. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in October 2013. It was expected that he would move the bank away from investment banking and reduce its international exposure, to focus more on UK retail banking.

In February–March 2014, McEwan attracted press coverage for his view that “free banking” (no current account charges for customers in credit) would have to end sooner or later, and that this would in turn lead to greater transparency from the banks about how they funded their operations.

On 25 February 2015, RBS announced that McEwan would forgo a share award worth £1m saying that he did not want his pay package to “be a distraction from the task of building a great bank”. He is still expected to be paid £2.7m despite turning down the award. The announcement came the day before the bank, which is 80% owned by the UK government, was due to release annual results widely expected to be disappointing following a series of fines by banking regulators for failures including for failing to stop manipulation of the foreign exchange market.