Black CEOs of Fortune 500 companies respond to George Floyd death – Business Insider

There are only four black professionals among the leaders of America’s largest 500 companies. Now, they’re speaking out about systemic racism and inequality following the killing of George Floyd.

Merck & Co. CEO Kenneth Frazier, Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison, and Tapestry CEO Jide Zeitlin spoke about how “personal” the recent events have felt to them as black men, while TIAA CEO Roger Ferguson Jr. said he was “outraged” by the recent events of police brutality against black Americans. 

Here’s exactly how each responded to Floyd’s death and the growing civil unrest in America.

Roger Ferguson Jr., CEO of TIAA (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America)

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In a statement given to CNN, Roger Ferguson said he was “outraged by the recent incidents of racism, violence, and police brutality against members of the African American community.”

“The haunting video of Mr. Floyd’s last breaths is a sobering reflection of this national crisis,” he continued. “No group should ever be targeted for racism, harassment, or other forms of discrimination.

“Particularly with the pandemic issues we are confronting in 2020, this is a time when we must embrace our differences and become more inclusive,” he told CNN.
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