Six Kelley alumni among Savoy magazine’s 2022 Most Influential Black Executives

BLOOMINGTON – Six alumni of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business are among Savoy magazine’s 2022 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America.

Savoy honorees, top and left to right: Alicia Boler Davis, Derek Hicks, and Ernest Marshall; bottom and left to right: Rodney Miller, Winselow Tucker, and Anton Vincent

Savoy’s prestigious list showcases African American men and women who have been recognized for their executive and business leadership in national and global-leading corporations.

Ash Soni
Ash Soni

“It’s great to read these recognitions and see how our alumni are making an impact with their innovative and inspiring leadership,” said Ash Soni, interim dean of the Kelley School and The SungKyunKwan Professor. “They reflect the talent, humility, and tenacity that characterizes Kelley students and alumni. We’re very proud of their achievements and the example they’re setting for today’s students.”

Anton Vincent, president of Mars Wrigley North America and a 1993 MBA graduate, who is being honored by Savoy for a fourth time, has said that it is a testament to the “great, elite education” that he and his peers received in Kelley’s Full-Time MBA Program.

“When I was at Kelley, it prepared us not just to be good at our jobs, but to be leaders and to have high expectations and expand what leadership means,” Vincent said. “It’s certainly in the DNA of how we think about trained leaders at Kelley and I can trace it back to my time at Kelley.”

Here’s who’s on Savoy’s 2022 list from Kelley:

  • Alicia Boler Davis, senior vice president of global customer fulfillment at Amazon, where she leads several teams, including Global Fulfillment Operations, which consists of hundreds of fulfillment sites around the world, and is responsible for Amazon Fulfillment Technologies, the team that builds the technical solutions used across worldwide operations. She also leads Amazon’s worldwide network of customer service operations and technology, sustainability, product assurance, real estate, construction, and procurement organizations. Before coming to Amazon, Boler Davis was at General Motors for nearly 25 years and then at General Mills. In 2018, she was chosen by Business Insider as one of the “Most Powerful Female Engineers” and in 2020 and 2021 was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women. She earned an MBA in management at Kelley in 2016.
  • Derek Hicks, executive vice president, and chief business officer for Intellia, a leading clinical-stage genome editing company, developing novel, potentially curative therapeutics leveraging CRISPR-based technologies. As CBO, he is responsible for overall corporate strategy, portfolio planning, and developing new business and strategic partnerships. Prior to Intellia, Hicks served as head of business development at Spark Therapeutics and previously spent 18 years at Pfizer in a variety of business and corporate development roles culminating with his position as vice president, corporate development, worldwide business development. Hicks earn his Kelley MBA in finance in 2002 and previously served as president of the Kelley School of Business Alumni Association Executive Board.
  • Ernest Marshall, executive vice president, and chief human resources officer for Eaton, a power management company. A 1997 MBA graduate in human resources management, he previously served as vice president, and human resources leader for GE Aviation, with global HR responsibility for more than 45,000 employees. He serves on the boards of Republic Bank & Trust Company and the Kindway Organization and on the board of trustees of Bellarmine University. He also holds a law degree from the IU Maurer School of Law.
  • Rodney Miller, a vice chairman in JP Morgan’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group, who joined the firm in 2007 after 20 years at Credit Suisse, where he was head of mergers and acquisitions for North America and head of the financial sponsor mergers and acquisitions effort. Since receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Kelley in 1982, he has spent much of the next three decades in all aspects of financial advisory services, advising both domestic and international clients across multiple industries, on a broad variety of assignments such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, proxy contests, hostile transactions, and debt and equity capital raisings. Prior to banking, he worked as a Certified Public Accountant. Miller is a Dean’s Council Member for Kelley and a member of the IU Foundation board of directors. He is a former trustee for the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is a trustee for the Studio Museum in Harlem, one of New York’s premier art museums, where he also serves as treasurer.
  • Winselow Tucker, senior vice president, intercontinental, at Bristol Myers Squibb, with responsibilities for operations in more than 70 countries across five continents, including China, Asia, Australia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, Brazil, and the Middle East. Tucker has 20 years of pharmaceutical and biotech experience delivering strong business results and successfully launching new products. Before taking on his current role at Bristol Myers Squibb, he was general manager of its U.S. hematology business. He also has been general manager of Novartis Oncology’s operations in Canada and held senior positions there, including as a vice president and interim head of global marketing. He earned his MBA in marketing and finance from Kelley in 1986
  • Anton Vincent, president of the world’s largest confectionery company, Mars Wrigley North America. The 1993 MBA graduate previously was CEO of Greencore USA, a fresh convenience food supplier, and spent 20 years at General Mills, where he oversaw the Snacks, Frozen Frontier, and Baking Divisions as President, and became a founding member of General Mills’ renowned Black Champions Network (BCN). He serves on the board of directors for the International Paper Company and is a member of the Kelley Dean’s Council.

Vincent also contributed an article to Savoy reflecting on his leadership style and advice for the next generation of talent. “We owe it to ourselves to embrace our uniqueness and bring it with full authenticity, no matter the setting,” he said. “That’s how we’re able to change our mindset from survival to mastery in corporate America. And when we thrive, we create a new narrative and set the path for our next generation of leaders.”

Information: Kelley School of Business