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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Entertainment Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Maroon and Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
North Carolina, South Carolina beaches
Favorite Quote:
For We Are God’s Workmanship Created In Christ Jesus To Do Good Work That Was Planned In Advance For Us To Do.

Birthplace

Born:
4/20/1965
Birth Location:
Yonkers, New York

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Entertainment Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Maroon and Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
North Carolina, South Carolina beaches
Favorite Quote:
For We Are God’s Workmanship Created In Christ Jesus To Do Good Work That Was Planned In Advance For Us To Do.

Birthplace

Born:
4/20/1965
Birth Location:
Yonkers
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Biography

Entertainment company executive Derek Ferguson was born on April 20, 1965 in the Bronx, New York to Roberta Lewis Pieck and James Ferguson. He attended Stuyvesant High School, and, at the age of sixteen, was accepted into the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1985 with his B.S. degree in economics. Upon graduation, Ferguson was hired as an auditor and mergers and acquisitions analyst at Coopers and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and became a certified public accountant. In 1988, he co-founded and served as chief operating officer of Urban Profile Communications Inc., which produced the Urban Profile lifestyle magazine. In 1990, Ferguson received his M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School, where he was also vice president of the African American Student Association.

In 1991, Ferguson sold Urban Profile Communications Inc. and secured a position at Bain and Company in Boston, Massachusetts. At Bain, he became one of the first two African Americans to be promoted to manager. In 1996, he was named vice president of worldwide finance at Sony BMG Entertainment, and was then appointed vice president of finance and operations for BMG Special Products. In 1998, Ferguson was hired as Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group’s chief financial officer, where he was responsible for business development, business planning and forecasting, and financial operations of the Bad Boy family of companies. Ferguson has since been named chief growth officer of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group and reports directly to the company’s chairman, Sean “Diddy” Combs.

Ferguson is a member of New York Covenant Church in New Rochelle, New York, where he is the leader of the Economic Justice ministry. Through this ministry, the Church has launched various businesses, including Cross Trainers Apparel, Covenant Building Services and Life Music. In addition, Ferguson has held bible studies for employees at Bad Boy Worldwide for a number of years.

His awards include the Maggie L. Walker Award for the African American at the Wharton School with the highest grade point average, and the Emma Higginbotham award for academic achievement and community involvement.

Ferguson is married to Regina Bullock Ferguson. They have three children; Reginald, Maya and Peri.

Derek Ferguson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 5, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Derek Ferguson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Derek Ferguson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Derek Ferguson describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Derek Ferguson describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Derek Ferguson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Derek Ferguson recalls his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Derek Ferguson talks about his parents' move to New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Derek Ferguson describes his brother, Gregory Ferguson, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Derek Ferguson describes his brother, Gregory Ferguson, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Derek Ferguson talks about his sister Robbin Ferguson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Derek Ferguson recalls his early success in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Derek Ferguson talks about the benefits of keeping a gifted student among their peers in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Derek Ferguson talks about his sister's interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Derek Ferguson describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Derek Ferguson remembers his neighborhood in the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Derek Ferguson describes the socioeconomic and racial demographics of his neighborhood in the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Derek Ferguson talks about his father's trucking business
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Derek Ferguson remembers his parents' hospitality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Derek Ferguson talks about the support from his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Derek Ferguson describes the sight, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Derek Ferguson describes his early personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Derek Ferguson talks about his sports icons
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Derek Ferguson remembers being accepted to Stuyvesant High School in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Derek Ferguson remembers his first day at Stuyvesant High School in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Derek Ferguson describes his experience at Stuyvesant High School in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Derek Ferguson talks about his interest in music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Derek Ferguson recalls his favorite music as a deejay
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Derek Ferguson recalls his decision to attend the University of Pennsylvania in in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Derek Ferguson describes his social experience at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Derek Ferguson talks about his academic performance at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Derek Ferguson remembers his summer internships
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Derek Ferguson talks about his mentors at Coopers and Lybrand
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Derek Ferguson remembers cofounding Urban Profile magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Derek Ferguson describes Keith Clinkscales
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Derek Ferguson talks about the content in Urban Profile magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Derek Ferguson describes the operating structure of Urban Profile magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Derek Ferguson talks about the distribution and marketing strategy for Urban Profile magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Derek Ferguson talks about the profitability of Urban Profile magazine and the Harvard Business School student handbook
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Derek Ferguson describes the network of Harvard Business School alumni
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Derek Ferguson remembers being hired at Bain and Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Derek Ferguson describes the merger of Camelot Music by Trans World Entertainment Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Derek Ferguson talks about minority recruiting at Bain and Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Derek Ferguson recalls his decision to leave Bain and Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Derek Ferguson describes his experience working at Bertelsmann Music Group
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Derek Ferguson talks about the music industry during his time at Bertelsmann Music Group
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Derek Ferguson recalls building professional relationships at Bertelsmann Music Group
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Derek Ferguson remembers interviewing with Sean Combs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Derek Ferguson talks about the development of Sean John clothing line
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Derek Ferguson describes the organizational structure of Combs Enterprises
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Derek Ferguson remembers Benny Medina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Derek Ferguson talks about corporate structuring
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Derek Ferguson describes his role in the first two years as CFO at Combs Enterprises
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Derek Ferguson describes the quality and success of Sean John clothing line
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Derek Ferguson remembers the executives at Combs Enterprises
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Derek Ferguson talks about the pressures facing the music industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Derek Ferguson recalls the artists signed to Bad Boy Records
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Derek Ferguson describes his role as CFO of Comb Enterprises
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Derek Ferguson remembers Comb Enterprises' joint venture partnership with Warner Music Group
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Derek Ferguson talks about the success of Combs Enterprises
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Derek Ferguson talks about Sean Combs' business acumen
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Derek Ferguson describes the Blue Flame marketing agency
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Derek Ferguson talks about the development of Revolt television network
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Derek Ferguson recalls recruiting Andy Schoen and Keith Clinkscales to Revolt television network
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Derek Ferguson talks about AQUAhydrate
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Derek Ferguson recalls Combs Enterprises' acquisition of Ciroc
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Derek Ferguson talks about the marketing for AQUAhydrate
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Derek Ferguson describes his role as chief growth officer of Combs Enterprises
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Derek Ferguson talks about merging his faith and his professional life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Derek Ferguson recalls starting a bible study and worship service at Combs Enterprises
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Derek Ferguson talks about the unconventional nature of religion in the workplace
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Derek Ferguson shares his plans for the future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Derek Ferguson reflects upon the legacy of his generation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Derek Ferguson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Derek Ferguson talks about the individual's role in collective action
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Derek Ferguson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Derek Ferguson narrates his photographs