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David L. Steward, founder and chairman of World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT), was born in Chicago, Illinois, and moved with his family to the rural town of Clinton, Missouri. After graduating from Central Missouri State University in 1973, Mr. Steward relocated to St. Louis, Missouri. He was the first person of color hired by the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company (MoPac) to sell rail services. Upon leaving MoPac, he joined Federal Express as a senior account executive. During his tenure at FedEx, he was recognized as salesman of the year and was inducted into the company’s sales hall of fame in 1981. After founding two successful startups, Mr. Steward founded WWT in 1990. Steward and his executive team transformed this once small logistics/transportation audit company into a leading systems integrator and supply chain solutions provider, with over 5,000 employees globally and $13 billion in revenue.┬áMr. Steward serves on various boards, including the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He holds several honorary doctorate degrees, including an honorary doctor of laws from Washington University. Mr. Steward has been married to his wife, Thelma, for 43 years. Their son, David L. Steward II, is CEO of Polarity Ltd. Their daughter, Kimberly Steward, is CEO of K Period Media.


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