10 African-American Board Directors Of Household Name Companies

10 African American Board Directors You Need To Know

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Aylwin B. Lewis President Potbelly Sandwich Works Board: The Walt Disney Co.
Aylwin B. Lewis

Aylwin Lewis, Chairman, CEO & President, Potbelly Sandwich Works

Board: Walt Disney Co.

Aylwin Lewis, the chairman, CEO, and president of Potbelly Sandwich Works, has been serving as a member of the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Co. since 2004. The Texas native boasts more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant and retail industry. He was placed in several high-level executive positions at Yum Brands Inc. before being named as CEO and president of Sears Holdings Corp. During his time as the president and CEO of Kmart (which merged with Sears in 2005), Lewis was esteemed as the highest-ranking African American executive in the U.S. retail industry.


James I. Cash Jr. James E. Robison Emeritus Professor of Business Administration Harvard Business School Boards: GE, The Chubb Corp., Walmart
James I. Cash Jr.

James I. Cash Jr., Founder of The Cash Catalyst L.L.C.

Boards: Chubb Ltd., Wal-Mart Stores

James I. Cash began serving as a member of the Walmart Board of Directors in 2006, before later being appointed as the retail giant’s lead independent board director in 2013. There, he sits on the Audit Committee and the Technology and eCommerce Committee. Cash, a Texas native who was born as the son of a railroad mechanic and a teacher, provides management development and consulting services through The Cash Catalyst L.L.C., which he launched in 2009.