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  • Over 80 Top CEOs, Business Leaders Urge North Carolina Gov. McCrory to Repeal Anti-LGBT Law

    From Tim Cook at Apple to Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook, More Than 80 High-Profile Business Leaders Show They Are Willing to Stand Up for Equality

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    You know their companies' names, and probably many of their names. They are the heads of companies that are household brand names, and they are lending their names and the weight of the corporations they run to fight North Carolina's anti-LGBT law. Apple CEO Tim Cook. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. Film magnates Bob & Harvey Weinstein. CEOs from Google, IBM, PayPal, Marriott, Yelp, Jawbone, and Yahoo. And more, from the worlds of tech, biotech, and finance.

    In a letter sent under the Human Rights Campaign and Equality North Carolina logos, to North Carolina GOP Gov. Pat McCrory, more than 80 business leaders, including those named above, and many more, make clear: "HB 2 is not a bill that reflects the values of our companies, of our country, or even the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians."

    The industry titans "strongly urge" Gov. McCrory "and the leadership of North Carolina’s legislature to repeal this law in the upcoming legislative session."

    "We are disappointed in your decision to sign this discriminatory legislation into law," they say of HB2, a law that voids LGBT nondiscrimination laws and prohibits any locale from enacting new ones. "The business community, by and large, has consistently communicated to lawmakers at every level that such laws are bad for our employees and bad for business. This is not a direction in which states move when they are seeking to provide successful, thriving hubs for business and economic development."

    "We believe that HB 2 will make it far more challenging for businesses across the state to recruit and retain the nation’s best and brightest workers and attract the most talented students from across the country. It will also diminish the state’s draw as a destination for tourism, new businesses, and economic activity."

    Here's the full text of the letter, and below, its signatories:


    Karen Appleton, Senior Vice President, Box

    Brandee Barker, Cofounder, The Pramana Collective

    Marc Benioff, CEO, Salesforce

    Chip Bergh, President and CEO, Levi Strauss & Co.

    Michael Birch, Founder, Blab

    Ed Black, President and CEO, Computer & Communications Industry Association

    Nathan Blecharczyk, Cofounder and CTO, Airbnb

    Steven R. Boal, CEO, Quotient Technology Inc.

    Lorna Borenstein, CEO, Grokker

    Brad Brinegar, Chairman and CEO, McKinney

    Lloyd Carney, CEO, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

    Brian Chesky, CEO, Airbnb

    Ron Conway, Founder and Co-Managing Partner, SV Angel

    Tim Cook, CEO, Apple

    Dean Debnam, Chairman and CEO, Workplace Options

    Jack Dorsey, CEO, Square and Twitter

    David Ebersman, Cofounder and CEO, Lyra Health

    Jared Fliesler, General Partner, Matrix Partners

    Joe Gebbia, Cofounder and Chief Product Officer, Airbnb

    Jason Goldberg, CEO, Pepo

    Alan King, President and COO, Workplace Options

    Kristen Koh Goldstein, CEO, BackOps

    Mitchell Gold, co-founder and chair-man, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

    John H. Graham IV, President and CEO, American Society of Association Executives

    Logan Green, CEO, Lyft

    Paul Graham, Founder, Y Combinator

    David Hassell, CEO, 15Five

    Charles H. Hill III, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources, Pfizer Inc.

    Reid Hoffman, Chairman, LinkedIn

    Robert Hohman, Cofounder & CEO, Glassdoor

    Drew Houston, CEO, Dropbox

    Chad Hurley, Cofounder, YouTube

    Dave Imre, Partner and CEO, IMRE

    Dev Ittycheria, President & CEO, MongoDB

    Laurene Powell Jobs, President, Emerson Collective

    Cecily Joseph, VP Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer, Symantec Corporation

    David Karp, Founder and CEO, Tumblr

    Travis Katz, Founder and CEO, Gogobot

    Brian Krzanich, CEO, Intel                  

    Joshua Kushner, Managing Partner, Thrive Capital

    Max Levchin, CEO, Affirm

    Dion Lim, CEO, NextLesson

    Shan-lyn Ma, CEO, Zola

    Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo

    Melody McCloskey, CEO, StyleSeat

    Douglas Merrill, CEO, Zestfinance

    Dyke Messinger, President and CEO, Power Curbers Inc.

    Hari Nair, Vice President and General Manager, &

    Michael Natenshon, CEO, Marine Layer

    Alexi G. Nazem, Cofounder and CEO, Nomad Health

    Laurie J. Olson, EVP, Strategy, Portfolio and Commercial Operations, Pfizer Inc.

    Bob Page, Founder and CEO, Replacements, Ltd.

    Michelle Peluso, Strategic Advisor and former CEO, Gilt

    Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google

    Mark Pincus, Founder and Executive Chairman, Zynga

    Hosain Rahman, CEO, Jawbone

    Bill Ready, CEO, Braintree

    Evan Reece, CEO, Liftopia

    Stan Reiss, General Partner, Matrix Partners

    John Replogle, CEO, Seventh Generation

    Virginia M. Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO, IBM Corporation

    Dan Rosensweig, CEO, Chegg

    Kevin P. Ryan, Founder and Chairman, Alleycorp

    Bijan Sabet, General Partner, Spark Capital

    Julie Samuels, President, Engine

    George A. Scangos, PhD, CEO, Biogen

    Dan Schulman, President and CEO, PayPal

    Adam Shankman, Director and Producer

    Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association

    David A. Shaywitz, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, DNAnexus

    Ben Silbermann, CEO, Pinterest

    Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

    Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International

    David Spector, Cofounder, ThirdLove

    Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO, Yelp

    Bret Taylor, CEO, Quip

    Todd Thibodeaux, CEO, CompTIA

    David Tisch, Managing Partner, BoxGroup

    Nirav Tolia, Cofounder and CEO, Nextdoor

    Kevin A. Trapani, President and CEO, The Redwood Groups

    Ken Wasch, President, Software & Information Industry Association

    Bob & Harvey Weinstein, Co-Founders and Co-Chairmen, The Weinstein Company

    Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman and CEO, Facebook

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