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Mike Armstrong - Former CEO - Doing Great Things to Help Others
Episode 726th May 2021 • The Why I Help Podcast • Joanie Sigal
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C Michael Armstrong (born October 18, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American business executive and former AT&T chairman and CEO. He tried to reestablish AT&T as an end-to-end carrier but, due to the dot-com bust and various other issues, he was forced to break the group up in 2001. He resigned in 2002 and was succeeded by AT&T President David Dorman.

He is also the former CEO of Hughes Electronics, and Comcast Corporation. He worked for IBM from 1961 to 1992. He served as a Director of Citigroup from 1989 to 2010. Armstrong is a member of the Alfalfa Club and the Council on Foreign Relations. He received his BS in Business at Miami University in 1961.

Mike has donated approximately $100 million to cancer research, among other causes.

Here are some of his recent philanthropic endeavors:

  • Funded and created the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.
  • Funded an endowed chair in Genetic Medicine for Greg Semenza. Semenza has since been awarded both the Lasker and the Nobel Prize for his work.
  • Support scholarships for students at Hopkins and Miami University in Ohio (Mike’s alma mater).
  • Support arts and educations programs for NYC Stars program that helps support, motivate and engage inner city kids at risk.
  • Support a health clinic in Naples Florida for Collier County residents who are below the poverty line and don’t have health insurance.
  • Support Mayan villagers in Guatemala with schools, health care and general living infrastructural improvements.
  • Support families of soldiers who have lost their lives in combat.

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