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Michelle J. Howard

Director at IBM

Admiral Howard, 58, is a former United States Navy officer and the first woman to become a four-star admiral. She was the first African-American woman to command a ship in the United States Navy (the USS Rushmore). Admiral Howard was also the first African-American and the first woman to be named Vice Chief of Naval Operations when she was appointed to that role by the President in July 2014. She retired in December 2017 as the commander of United States Naval Forces in Europe and Africa and the Allied Joint Forces Command in Naples, Italy, after a distinguished 35-year career.
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