Hightower was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 7, 2009 to replace John J. Sullivan, who resigned from this office on January 20, 2009. He announced his resignation July 15, 2010. He previously held executive positions or served on the board of directors with various companies including The Walt Disney Company and Europe Online Networks S.A.. Hightower received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. and honorary doctorate from Howard University.
Dennis Hightower is also a motivational speaker. His areas of discussion include Leadership, Globalization, Emerging Markets, Strategic Planning, International Management and Global Marketing. 
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