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Since his departure on November 17, the debate is raging for who should replace Jerry Yang as CEO of Yahoo!. From Peter Chernin to Mark Cuban, the opinions are many.  But guess what?  There are no African-American candidates!

After Chernin, COO of News Corp, and Cuban, who sold his business to Yahoo! for $5.9 billion, a recent ZD Net poll ranked Tim Armstrong (Google), Susan Decker (Yahoo!) and Marc Andreessen (formerly of Netscape) as top contenders. Valleywag and Predictify showed ex-ebay chief Meg Whitman as the front-runner, and AlleyInsider gave a nod to former AOL head of sales and operations Mike Kelly, who was instrumental in bringing AOL back from the brink.

One thing missing from all these predictions are any African-American candidates.  So, in the spirit of Obama, here are some additional suggestions:

David C. Drummond Chief Legal Officer, Google

David Drummond joined Google in 2002, initially as vice president of corporate development. Today as senior vice president and chief legal officer, he leads Google’s global teams for legal, government relations, corporate development (M&A and investment projects) and new business development (strategic partnerships and licensing opportunities). David worked with a wide variety of technology companies to help them manage complex transactions such as mergers, acquisitions and initial public offerings.

Kenneth Chenault, CEO, American Express

Ken Chenault was a leader by example and reenergized his company’s brand, increased its market share, and won back many of the merchants who had abandoned the firm because of its high fees. He inspired fierce loyalty in his employees, boosting morale in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Richard Parsons, Former CEO, TimeWarner

He is the Chairman of the Board of Time Warner. He stepped down as CEO of Time Warner on December 31 2007 [1]. He is also on the board of directors of Citigroup. His economic and business savvy shows through the success of AOL TimeWarner, which has been renamed TimeWarner. He is also part of the movement of ‘change’ as a member of the economic advisory team for President-elect Barack Obama.

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