Young Presidents' Organization

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Young Presidents' Organization
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Formation1950; 69 years ago (1950)[citation needed]
FounderRay Hickok
Founded atRochester, New York
PurposeEducation and idea exchange among peer presidents, chairpersons, or CEO's of prerequisite types of companies
ProductsYPO Global Pulse
27,000[citation needed]
Subsidiaries450 individual chapters[citation needed]
AffiliationsWorld Presidents Organization (WPO)
(merged in 2007)

YPO (formerly Young Presidents' Organization) is a network of young chief executives with approximately 27,000 members in more than 130 countries, according to the organization's 2019 YPO international fact sheet.


YPO was founded in 1950 in Rochester, New York, by manufacturer Ray Hickok, who was 27 years old when he became the head of his family's Rochester-based Hickok Belt, a 300-employee company.

The first meeting was held at the Waldorf Astoria New York[when?] and was attended by Robert Wood Johnson III (Johnson & Johnson).[1] Hickok and a small group of young presidents in the area began meeting regularly to share and learn from each other. According to the organization, its founding principle is that of education and idea exchange among peers.[2]

  • The first non-U.S. chapter was created in 1956 in Ontario, Canada.
  • The first YPO University was held in Miami Beach, Florida.
  • YPO merged with its graduate organization, World Presidents Organization (WPO), in 2007.
  • The YPO Global Pulse survey launched in 2009, and is a quarterly economic confidence index that shares business insights from CEOs.[3][4]
  • In 2010, Jill Belconis became the first woman elected to serve as YPO-WPO international chairman.[citation needed]
  • YPO formed an editorial partnership with CNBC in 2012.[5]


As of 2019, there are more than 450 chapters worldwide and 27,000 members.[6][additional citation(s) needed]

Membership requirements[edit]

YPO membership is generally by invitation only.[citation needed] To qualify for membership, a person must have become, before age 45, the president or chairman and chief executive officer of a corporation of significance with a minimum revenue and minimum number of employees. The financial criteria differ for service companies and banks.[1] Candidates must be typically recommended by two members of a local chapter and approved by a membership committee of each local chapter.[1]

Past and present notable members[edit]


Pat McNees, YPO: The First 50 Years. (Orange Frazer Press, 1999). ISBN 978-1-882203-59-8 OCLC 1011912188


  1. ^ a b c Waters, Craig R. (September 1982). "The secret life of Young Presidents".
  2. ^ Hopkins, Mark (1 January 2013). "Shortcut to Prosperity: 10 Entrepreneurial Habits and a Roadmap for an Exceptional Career". Greenleaf Book Group. p. 206.
  3. ^ U.S. CEO Expectations. CNBC. Retrieved 2013-12-22.[time needed]
  4. ^ Russian Rates Cut Again. CNBC. Retrieved 2013-12-22.[time needed]
  5. ^ "YPO & CNBC Enter Exclusive Editorial Partnership" (Press release). 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  6. ^ Slater, Sherry (May 11, 2019). "City native picked as chairman". The Journal Gazette. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d e Waters, Craig R. (September 1, 1982). "The Secret Life Of Young Presidents". Inc. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  8. ^ "Speaker Bio: Peter Ueberroth - Washington Speakers Bureau".[dead link]
  9. ^ a b "YPO/Chicago Chapter - About YPO".[dead link]
  10. ^ "Alliance of Chief Executives" (PDF).[page needed]
  11. ^ "Speaker Bio: Christie Hefner - Washington Speakers Bureau".[dead link]
  12. ^ "The Premier Leadership Organization of Chief Executives in the World".[dead link]

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