Charles Phillips is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder at Recognize, a technology investment and transformation company with over $1 billion in assets.
He is the former CEO and Chairman of Infor, the third largest business software applications company in the world with operations in 190 countries and 17,000 employees. During his 9-year tenure the company transformed into the first industry cloud company with over 70 million subscribers on Amazon AWS. Infor was sold in 2020 for a $13B enterprise value exit.
Prior to Infor, Phillips was President of Oracle Corporation and a member of its Board of Directors. During his eight-year tenure, the company tripled in size and market capitalization and successfully acquired 65 companies.
Before Oracle, Phillips was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley in the Technology Group and served on its Board of Directors and was an Institutional Investor All Star for 10 consecutive years.
Phillips served as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines at Camp Lejeune in a line of three generations of military service.
Phillips holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a J.D. from New York Law School, and an MBA from Hampton University and is a member of the Georgia State Bar Association.
Phillips serves on the Boards of ViacomCBS Corporation, American Express, the Apollo Theater, and the Council of Foreign Relations. Phillips also served on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Board and board of the Federal Reserve of New York. He is also the co-founder and Co-Chairman of the Black Economic Alliance, a policy organization focused on economic growth in Black communities and co-founder of OneTen, a job training network for Black workers and large employers.