Board and Staff

Vada O. Manager


Vada O. Manager simultaneously serves as Founding Chairman & CEO of Manager Global Holdings LLC (MGH) and as a Senior Counselor of Washington, D.C. based APCO Worldwide – both are business advisory firms with MGH also actively managing minority investments in several diverse industry sectors.   Prior to his current role, Mr. Manager served for twelve years as the Senior Director, Global Issues Management for Nike Inc., where he served in a variety of capacities within its highly valued Corporate Leadership Team of top international management.  In addition, he has served on the executive staff for two Arizona governors and advisor to a Washington D.C. mayor. Manager was also invited to participate in the transition planning process for former President Nelson Mandela in South Africa following apartheid.

Mr. Manager received his Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University (ASU), where he is a member of the ASU Board of Trustees and inducted in its Hall of Fame (College of Liberal Arts).  He has also performed non-degree, fee research at the London School of Economics in conjunction with the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

He has served as a corporate director (Chair, Governance & Nominating Committee) for Valvoline Inc. (NYSE-VVV) since its debut as a public company in 2016. Valvoline was a former commercial business division within parent company Ashland Inc. (NYSE-ASH) where Manager also served on the Ashland board for eight years, also serving as Chair, Governance & Nominating Committee.

His community board service includes serving as a former chair of a civilian advisory group for the United States Military Academy at West Point; Genesis City/Academy (AZ); the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities; and the ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.  He has also been active with the Arizona Board of Regents (student member), ASU Alumni Council, NAACP, and the Sigma Pi Phi (Boule) fraternity.  He has received numerous awards including recognition as one of Savoy Magazine’s “ Most Influential Black Directors (2016 & 2017)”; an Arizona Informant newspaper “Community Newsmaker”; ASU’s “Architect of Change” (Center for Race & Democracy); and, “Sports Executive of the Year” (Rainbow PUSH).

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