Microsoft's Jacky Wright had to leave the UK to become its most influential Black person

Microsoft's Jacky Wright had to leave the UK to become its most influential Black person

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  • Wright, who topped the Powerlist 2022 ranking from Powerful Media, told CNN Business that her career may not have taken off in the United Kingdom because there are fewer opportunities and a lack of Black women role models at the top of the corporate ladder.
  • Wright was born in London, but her career has spanned the United States and the United Kingdom, including chief information officer roles at and .
  • "While my role says 'US,' I have a global influence because I work with large global companies and I do other things in the UK, Europe and Africa, so my purview is global and it's always been that way," she said.
  • "My dad and uncles were all from the era of Enoch Powell and had a firm belief that change was going to take much longer in the UK than the US, where he thought we had a better opportunity," she said, referring to the politician known for a 1968 speech opposing immigration from former British colonies.

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