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The Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) is a global network of young chief executives with approximately 24,000 members in more than 130 countries, according to the organization's 2016 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 and was attended by General Robert Johnson (Johnson & Johnson).Hickok and a small group of young presidents in the area began meeting regularly to share and learn from each other. This founding principle of education and idea exchange among peers still guides the organization today.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 to become the world's largest global network of business leaders. The YPO Global Pulse survey launched in 2009 and is a quarterly economic confidence index that shares business insights from CEOs around the globe In 2010, Jill Belconis became the first woman elected to serve as YPO-WPO International Chairman. YPO formed an exclusive editorial partnership with CNBC since 2012. Members are part of a CNBC-YPO Chief Executive Network