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Radio Show #169: Charles Phillips, CEO, Infor

Charles Phillips is the Chief Executive Officer of Infor®, the world’s third largest provider of enterprise software applications.

Headquartered in New York City, with 13,000 employees and more than 70,000 customers in 200 countries and territories, Infor builds industry-specific software for manufacturing, healthcare, fashion, and public sector organizations, among others.

Global companies rely on Infor to build and ship products, manage employees and customers, and care for patients. Infor applications are used by 19 of the top 20 aerospace companies, 12 of the top 13 high tech companies, 21 of the 25 largest US healthcare networks, and 84 of the top 100 automotive suppliers. Over 72% of U.S. hospitals with more than 150 beds operate with Infor applications.

Infor pioneered the concept of deploying an entire industry in the cloud. Infor now has over 25 million cloud users on Infor CloudSuiteTM. Infor was also the first business applications company to create a separate design agency in New York City focused solely on user interface and experience design.

Prior to Infor, Phillips was President of Oracle® Corporation and a member of its Board of Directors. During his seven and a half year-tenure, the company tripled in size and successfully acquired 70 companies. Prior to Oracle, Phillips was a Managing Director in the Technology Group at Morgan Stanley®, where he was an Institutional Investor All Star for ten consecutive years.
Before his 18-year career on Wall Street, Phillips was a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines artillery unit. In 2012, Phillips was the guest speaker at the Marine Corps’ 237th birthday ball for his old unit, after their return from Afghanistan.

Phillips holds a BS in computer science from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a JD from New York Law School, and an MBA from Hampton University; he is also a member of the Georgia State Bar.
Phillips serves on the Boards of Viacom® Corporation, Apollo Theater, BENS (Business Executives For National Security), CodeNow, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York Law School, Partnership for New York City, Posse Foundation, United States Air Force Academy Endowment Fund, and his family foundation, Phillips Charitable Organization. Previous board memberships include Morgan Stanley, Oracle Corporation, and New-York Historical Society.

Phillips also served on the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (previously the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board), chaired by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.