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Morris Applewhite

Executive Director at Jacksoville and Tampa Bay

Morris Applewhite is a senior executive with 25 years of general management and profit and loss experience assisting public and privately held business services companies grow their businesses worldwide. Morris’ career reflects a demonstrated track record leading highly successful international sales & marketing organizations, driving strategy development for double-digit revenue growth, and delivering large-scale transformational solutions optimizing business processes.

Most recently, Morris was Senior Vice President and Industry Group Leader for Sitel Corporation, a global business process services company with nearly $2 Billion in sales providing services for customers in 70 countries. He led the company’s strategy and commercial agenda in expanding its business within the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance sector.  Morris has broad industry expertise serving customers in banking, financial services & insurance, technology, communications, healthcare, government, retail, industrial, travel and transportation and automotive.

Morris was the Chief Commercial Officer at International SOS, a nearly $2 Billion global medical services and security services provider. He was responsible for all aspects of the commercial function, including sales, global account management, marketing, client services, consulting, partnerships, sales operations, contracting and pricing. He was a key member of the Americas Executive Committee and International SOS Executive Steering Committee overseeing the joint venture with a major partner.

Earlier, Morris worked at Convergys, a $3 Billion global business services company where he spent 15 years serving in a number of executive roles with increasing responsibility. He led the commercial agenda serving global customers from North America, Latin America, Asia and Europe. His experience includes Merger & Acquistion as the company leveraged acquisitions to broaden its capability.

Morris brings governance experience through his work on several non-profit boards.  Committed to improving the lives of children and young adults, he served on the boards of The Children’s Home Society, Cathedral Arts Project and the Jacksonville Urban League boards. Morris was a mentor for youth with Take Stock in Children. and also served on The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, where he served on the nominating and governance, education and development committees.  Morris is a National Association of Corporate Director’s Governance Fellow.

Morris received his Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina A&T State University and his Masters of Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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