The Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) is a global network of young chief executives with approximately 22,000 members in more than 125 countries. YPO aims to provide members with increased opportunities for success in the global marketplace by assisting them to form partnerships with other members all over the world.
YPO was founded in 1950 near New York City by manufacturer Ray Hickok, who was 27 years old when he became the head of his family’s 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.