Pamela Thomas-Graham

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Pamela A. Thomas-Graham
Born Pamela A. Thomas
(1963-06-24) June 24, 1963 (age 52)[1]
Residence Chappaqua, New York and Manhattan
Alma mater Harvard University (B.A., 1985)
Harvard Business School (MBA, 1988)
Harvard Law School (JD, 1989)
Occupation Credit Suisse executive
Spouse(s) Lawrence Otis Graham

Pamela Thomas-Graham (born 1963) is an African-American businesswoman, corporate leader, and author.[2] She is a senior executive at Credit Suisse, where she serves on the bank's 10-member Executive Board.[3]


Early life and education[edit]

Thomas-Graham was raised in Detroit, Michigan with her older brother Vincent, where her mother Marian was a social worker and her father Albert "worked in real estate."[4][5]

Thomas-Graham graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Economics in 1985.[6]

She graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA in 1988, and from Harvard Law School with a juris doctor in 1989.[7]


Thomas-Graham began her career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where she was a summer associate in the investment banking division while she was student at Harvard Business School. In 1995, she was the first African American woman to become partner at the international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.[8]

In 2001, she became chief executive of CNBC. In September 2005, she left CNBC[9][10] and was hired as president of Liz Claiborne, Inc.[10]

In January 2010, Thomas-Graham joined the Executive Board of Credit Suisse as Chief Talent, Branding and Communications Officer.[11]

Thomas-Graham is a member of the Economic Club of New York and the Council on Foreign Relations.[12]

Thomas-Graham is the author of three books published by Simon & Schuster: A Darker Shade Of Crimson (1998), Blue Blood (1999),[13] and Orange Crushed (2004).[4]

Personal life[edit]

Thomas-Graham is married to lawyer and author Lawrence Otis Graham.[9] They live on Park Avenue in Manhattan and in Chappaqua, New York and have three children, sons Gordon and Harrison, and daughter Lindsey.[14][15][16]


  1. ^ NNDB (2012). Pamela Thomas-Graham. NNDB. Retrieved 2012-02-25 from
  2. ^ Lawrence Otis Graham Bio. Retrieved from[dead link].
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