Board and Staff

Vada O. Manager


Vada O. Manager simultaneously serves as Founding Chairman & CEO  of Manager Global Holdings LLC (MGH)  and as a Senior Counselor of Washington, D.C. based APCO Worldwide – both are business advisory firms with MGH also actively managing minority investments in several diverse industry sectors.   Prior to his current role, Mr. Manager served for twelve years as the Senior Director, Global Issues Management for Nike Inc. where he served in a variety of capacities within its highly valued Corporate Leadership Team of top international management.  In addition, he has served on the executive staff for two Arizona governors and advisor to a Washington D.C. mayor.

Mr. Manager received his Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University (ASU) where he is member of its Hall of Fame (College of Liberal Arts).  He has also performed non-degree, fee research at the London School of Economics in conjunction with the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office. 

He serves as a corporate director for Ashland Inc. (NYSE-ASH) and its former subsidiary Valvoline (VVV) which debuted as a public company in 2016.  His community board service includes: serving as chair of a civilian advisory group for the United States Military Academy at West Point; Genesis City (AZ); and the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities.  He has also been active with the Arizona Board of Regents (student member), ASU Alumni Council, NAACP and the Sigma Pi Phi (Boule) fraternity.  He has received numerous awards including recognition as one of Savoy Magazine’s “ Most Influential Black Directors (2016 & 2017)”; an Arizona Informant newspaper “Community Newsmaker”; ASU’s “Architect of Change” (Center for Race & Democracy); and, was “Sports Executive of the Year” (Rainbow PUSH).

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