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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Paella
Favorite Time of Year:
Late Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Madrid, Spain
Favorite Quote:
Semper Fi

Birthplace

Born:
6/10/1959
Birth Location:
Little Rock, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Paella
Favorite Time of Year:
Late Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Madrid, Spain
Favorite Quote:
Semper Fi

Birthplace

Born:
6/10/1959
Birth Location:
Little Rock
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Biography

Corporate executive Charles E. Phillips, Jr. was born in June of 1959 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended the United States Air Force Academy, where he received his B.S. degree in computer science in 1981. Phillips served first as a second lieutenant, and then as captain in the United States Marine Corps, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines from 1981 to 1986 at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He received his M.B.A degree from Hampton University in 1986 and his J.D. degree from the New York Law School in 1993.

In 1986, Phillips was named vice president of software for the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. He worked as senior vice president of SoundView Technology Group from 1990 to 1993, and senior vice president of Kidder Peabody from 1990 to 1994. Phillips then landed a job as a principal with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter's Institutional Securities Division in 1994, and was promoted to managing director in 1995. Then, in 2003, Phillips was hired by Oracle Corporation in Redwood Shores, California, as executive vice president of strategy, partnerships, and business development. He was appointed president and a member of the board of directors of Oracle in 2004, where he remained until 2010. In 2010, Phillips was named chief executive officer of Infor, an ERP software provider headquartered in New York City.

He serves on the boards of Infor, Viacom Corporation, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York Law School, the American Museum of Natural History, the United States Air Force Academy Endowment Fund, and Posse Foundation. Phillips is also a board member of his family foundation, Phillips Charitable Organizations, which provides financial aid for single parents, students interested in engineering, and wounded veterans. In February 2009, he was appointed as a member of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board in order to provide U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration with advice and counsel in addressing the late-2000s recession.

Phillips was recognized by Institutional Investor magazine as the Number One Enterprise Software Industry Analyst from 1994 to 2003. He was also named by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the Top 50 African Americans on Wall Street in 2002.

Charles Phillips was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 11, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Charles Phillips, Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Charles Phillips, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes his childhood experience with the U.S. Air Force and enrolling at the United States Air Force Academy in El Paso County, Colorado
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes his mother's family background and how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about his brothers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory and his experience living in Madrid, Spain
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes the American schools abroad and his father's interest in current events
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes his father's opinion of the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes the American school in Madrid, Spain and Lakeshore High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes Lakeshore High School in Atlanta, Georgia and playing basketball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about his parents and brothers in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes his decision to enroll at the United States Air Force Academy in El Paso County, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes his interest in computers and computer programming, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes his interest in computers and computer programming, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Charles Phillips, Jr. recalls his nomination by Nelson Rockefeller to attend the United States Air Force Academy in El Paso County, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes enrolling at the United States Air Force Academy in El Paso County, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes the United States Air Force Academy in El Paso County, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes the student body population at the United States Air Force Academy in El Paso County, Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes the challenges of increasing African American attendance at the United States Air Force Academy in El Paso County, Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about the pressure of attending the United States Air Force Academy in El Paso County, Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes his decision to serve his commission in the United States Marine Corps
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about meeting his wife, Karen Phillips
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes his experience in the United States Marine Corps
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes leaving the United States Marine Corps to attend an M.B.A. program at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes starting his career at the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation on Wall Street
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about working in investment banking with a background in technology rather than in finance
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes the progression of his career on Wall Street
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about his success as a software analyst on Wall Street
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes technology analysts on Wall Street during the late 1980s and 1990s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about working with Mary Meeker and Frank Quattrone at Morgan Stanley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about becoming a managing director in Morgan Stanley's technology group in 1995
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about the leading people and companies in the software industry during his time as an analyst
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about his investment strategy during the dot-com bubble
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about the development of technology in the United States and abroad in the early 2000s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about Stanford's University's role in Silicon Valley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about technological innovation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about Morgan Stanley's merger with Dean Witter Reynolds in 1997
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about leaving Morgan Stanley to work at Oracle Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about his acquisition strategy at Oracle Corporation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about his acquisition strategy at Oracle Corporation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes his goals at Oracle Corporation and the difference between enterprise software and personal software
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about the history and security of cloud computing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes becoming the CEO of Infor in 2010
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about the importance of design and ease of use in Infor's software
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about moving Infor to New York City, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes the development of Infor's internal creative agency, Hook & Loop, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes the development of Infor's internal creative agency, Hook & Loop, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about the growth of Infor since he became CEO
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes Infor's acquisition of Lawson Software in 2011
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about the percentage of cloud business at Infor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about the use of open source databases and operating systems at Infor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about the future of big data and automation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Charles Phillips, Jr. reflects on his career path
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about the Phillips Charitable Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Charles Phillips, Jr. describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Charles Phillips, Jr. talks about the legacy of the post-Civil Rights generation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Charles Phillips, Jr. reflects upon his legacy