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The Most Powerful African Americans In Corporate America

Similac baby formula, Ensure, and the Glucerna diabetic products. McCullough recently added muscle to the product line with the $320 million acquisition of Experimental Applied Sciences, makers of health and fitness products such as Myoplex and Body for Life. The senior vice president leads 5,600 employees through 12 department managers who report directly to him. McCullough started his career as a U.S. Army Infantry officer. He came to Ross from Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., where he managed a $1.2 billion product portfolio. Under his leadership, Wrigley’s market share grew from 47.5 % to 58.4% in three years.

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, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., Age: 41, Mims is one of the top executives accountable for maximizing earnings and increasing the profitability of the company’s existing portfolio. He supervises global sales organizations and functions at the corporate and division levels of Starwood, a hotel owner and franchisor with more than 740 properties worldwide and $3.7 billion in revenues. Previously, Mims led Starwood’s Asia-Pacific sales and marketing team and managed a team of regional marketing directors. Before joining the company, Mims, a graduate of Morehouse College, was chief operating officer for, a premier network of Asian Websites that provided on-demand entertainment and information. He also worked at Procter & Gamble.

Harold L. Morrison Jr., Exec. VP, Managing Dir. & U.S. Field Ops. Manager, Chubb & Son, Morrison is responsible for branch and producer profit growth, generating sales and meeting budget targets. He oversees field operations, which, in 2003, brought in 80% of Chubb’s recorded $11.1 billion in net premiums written. With more than 12,000 employees throughout North America, Europe, South America, and the Pacific Rim, Chubb serves property and casualty customers from more than 130 offices in 29 countries. Chubb works closely with 8,000 independent agents and brokers worldwide and is ranked among the top 10 publicly traded insurance organizations based on revenues in the United States. Prior to this position, Morrison was the New York brokerage zone officer. In his 20-year career at Chubb, Morrison has also served as Seattle branch manager and Northern zone manager for the company’s Department of Financial Institutions.

Kim Nelson, President/ Corp. VP, Snacks Unlimited / General Mills, Age: 41, Since joining General Mills in 1988, Nelson has concentrated on the cereal and snack business, identifying growth opportunities and developing marketing strategies for a portfolio of products. As president of Snacks Unlimited, an appointment she assumed in 2004, Nelson is responsible for the profitability and growth of the company’s snack business, which includes Pop Secret popcorn, Nature Valley granola bars, Bugles, and Chex Mix. Nelson previously served as vice president of the Family Business dinner unit in the meals division. She was named vice president of General Mills in 1999. General Mills generated $10.5 billion in revenues for 2003. Nelson serves on the advisory board of the Black Champions Network, a General Mills employee network that she also helped establish. She received her M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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