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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Vietnam
Favorite Quote:
Most People Are Other People. Their Thoughts Are Someone Else's Opinions, Their Lives A Mimicry, Their Passions A Quotation.

Birthplace

Born:
8/15/1957
Birth Location:
Shelby County, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Vietnam
Favorite Quote:
Most People Are Other People. Their Thoughts Are Someone Else's Opinions, Their Lives A Mimicry, Their Passions A Quotation.

Birthplace

Born:
8/15/1957
Birth Location:
Shelby County
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Biography

Corporate executive Christopher Simmons was born on August 15, 1957 and raised in Shelby, Tennessee. His mother Dorothy Anderson was a homemaker and his father Joseph Simmons was a school principal and a minister. He is the third of six children. Simmons attended Hamilton High School where he graduated at the top of his class. He obtained his B.A. degree in economics from Harvard University in 1979. Upon graduation, Simmons began his career at IBM; he then left IBM to take a position at Wang Laboratories where he worked as a senior marketing analyst. In 1986, he earned his M.B.A degree from Harvard School of Business. That same year, he then joined the Bankers Trust Company as an associate. While there, he was responsible for analysis and structuring of large leveraged buyout finances and other transactions.

In 1992, Simmons joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as senior manager, managing mergers and acquisitions with transaction services. In 1998, he managed PwC’s internal merger and acquisitions group. In 2001, Simmons was promoted to managing partner of PwC’s Washington, D.C. Metro area office. In 2004, he was asked by the chairman to serve as Chief Diversity Officer. He also served as chair of the Partner Admission Committee, and as a member of the Human Capital Leadership Team and the Management Evaluation and Compensation Committee. In 2009, he was elected to the firm’s United States Board of Partners & Principals.

Simmons served as PwC’s charitable foundation board president, where he was responsible for PwC’s $750,000 commitment to Feeding America. In 2011, Simmons was honored with the Corporate Community Investment Award, for his involvement in youth mentoring and assisting those in need. His involvement has included the Economic Club of Washington as Chair of the Membership Committee, and the Executive Leadership Council as a board member. He has served as secretary and executive board member of the Association of Latino professionals in Finance and Accounting and is a part of the Federal City Council.


Christopher Simmons was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 7, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Chris Simmons' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Chris Simmons lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Chris Simmons describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Chris Simmons recalls life lessons from his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Chris Simmons remembers his father lessons about kindness
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Chris Simmons recalls his father's promotion to principal of Capeville High School in Shelby County, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Chris Simmons describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Chris Simmons talks about his father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Chris Simmons describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Chris Simmons talks about his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Chris Simmons recalls his parents' early relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Chris Simmons lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Chris Simmons describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Chris Simmons talks about the Prospect Park neighborhood of Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Chris Simmons recalls his early childhood influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Chris Simmons describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Chris Simmons talks about his mother's involvement in the Parent Teachers Association
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Chris Simmons remembers childhood chores
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Chris Simmons describes the discipline of his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Chris Simmons talks about celebrating Christmas as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Chris Simmons recalls his early religious experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Chris Simmons remembers his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Chris Simmons describes his maternal uncle's civil rights activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Chris Simmons describes his family's discussions about the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Chris Simmons talks about his reading skills as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Chris Simmons recalls his experiences with bullies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Chris Simmons remembers excelling as a math student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Chris Simmons recalls transferring to Hillcrest High School in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Chris Simmons talks about facing discrimination at Hillcrest High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Chris Simmons recalls his experiences at Hillcrest High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Chris Simmons remembers returning to Hamilton High School in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Chris Simmons describes the influence of Hillcrest High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Chris Simmons talks about the effects of school busing in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Chris Simmons recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Chris Simmons talks about racism in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Chris Simmons describes his early college aspirations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Chris Simmons remembers his college application process
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Chris Simmons describes his first impression of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Chris Simmons talks about his admission interview for Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Chris Simmons remembers his roommates at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Chris Simmons describes his experiences at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Chris Simmons recalls his election to co-president of Currier House at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Chris Simmons talks about his summer jobs as a student at Harvard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Chris Simmons describes his social circle at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Chris Simmons talks about the decision to apply to Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Chris Simmons recalls his admission to Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Chris Simmons remembers attaining a position at International Business Machines Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Chris Simmons describes his training at International Business Machines Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Chris Simmons talks about his experiences at Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Chris Simmons recalls taking a deferment from Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Chris Simmons remembers his job prospects after graduating from Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Chris Simmons describes his mentors at Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Chris Simmons talks about securing his position with Bank Trust in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Chris Simmons recalls his family's reactions to career path
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Chris Simmons remembers his early experiences at Bankers Trust
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Chris Simmons describes his working relationship with James D. Zielinski
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Chris Simmons talks about the fall of the junk bond market
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Chris Simmons recalls working with Interface Flooring Systems, Inc. as a client
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Chris Simmons remembers the closing of the Bankers Trust office in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Chris Simmons describes his challenges at Bank Trust
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Chris Simmons talks about his role at Price Waterhouse in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Chris Simmons recalls Raymond J. McGuire's mentorship
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Chris Simmons remembers J. Larry Stevens
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Chris Simmons describes Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Chris Simmons describes the corporate finance consulting group at Price Waterhouse
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Chris Simmons talks about the mentorship of Willard W. "Woody" Brittain, Jr.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Chris Simmons recalls a challenging project at Price Waterhouse
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Chris Simmons remembers Williard W. "Woody" Brittain, Jr.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Chris Simmons describes his promotion to chief diversity officer
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Chris Simmons talks about his role as chief diversity officer
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Chris Simmons recalls his team as chief diversity officer
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Chris Simmons remembers the history of diversity practices at PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Chris Simmons recalls campaigning for board membership at PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Chris Simmons talks about his role on the PricewaterhouseCoopers corporate board
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Chris Simmons reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Chris Simmons shares his future plans
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Chris Simmons talks about his family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Chris Simmons reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Chris Simmons describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Chris Simmons reflects upon his legacy