Cheryle R. Jackson is Senior Vice President of Global Business Development and President of AAR Africa. Jackson joined the company in 2010 as Vice President of Government Affairs and Corporate Development. She succeeded in growing AAR’s business in Africa and has since added global business development to her responsibilities. Jackson conducts in‐depth market analysis to identify new business opportunities and strategic industry and business partners and cultivates strong relationships to bridge cultural gaps and align industry goals with local economic revitalization objectives.
Jackson is on the board of directors of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), a national organization dedicated to facilitating interpersonal relationships between business and government leaders worldwide. She also sits on the boards of the Corporate Council on Africa and the Congressional Black Caucus Policy Institute and enjoys an appointment on the Illinois District Export Council.
Prior to joining AAR, Jackson was named the first female president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. In that capacity, she led one of the most transformational periods of growth at the venerable civil rights organization, shifting its focus from social services to economic development.
Jackson also served as communications director for an Illinois governor and was the first woman and African American in the state’s history to hold that position. She was also a candidate for President Obama’s once‐vacant U.S. Senate seat in 2010.
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