Tom Wood

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Tom Wood is a 1 time AALBC.com Bestselling Author

Tom Wood became the first Black member of a major U.S. bank’s board of directors, when he became a member of the Chase Manhattan Bank board of directors under the chairmanship of David Rockefeller. Wood retired to Palm Coast Florida. He made his transition on December 29, 2020, less than 3 weeks after the video below was recorded. He was 94 years old.

Tom Wood on the cover of Black Enterprise Magazine

Biographical Highlights:

  • Born 1926 in Manhattan, New York City
  • AB Columbia 1949
  • BSEE University of Michigan 1951
  • U.S. Naval Officers Training Program World War II

Former:
  • Chief, Computer Programming Detroit Tank Arsenal
  • Chairman, MidWest Simulation Council
  • Director of Computer Programming ITT/International Electric Corp.
  • President/CEO Decisions Systems
  • President/CEO TAW International Leasing
  • Member of Board of Directors, Chase Manhattan Bank (under David Rockefeller)
  • Member of Board of Directors, Transport Pool
  • Member of Young Presidents Organization
  • Member of Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member of the Board of National Urban League
  • Member of the Board of NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Member of the Boule
  • Member of the Board of Manhattan Ear, Eye, Nose,&Throat Hospital
  • Decorated in 1973 by President of the Ivory Coast, Houphouet-Boigny as Officer of the National Order for Outstanding Contributions to Economic and Business Development

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