Charles (Chuck) Sykes was appointed President and Chief Executive Office of Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated in August 2004. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Sykes served as Chief Operating Office since July 2003 and President since May 2004. During the ten years of his leadership, Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated has tripled in size both in market value and revenues propelling the Company to a standing as one of top-five publicly-traded global players in the industry.
Mr. Sykes joined the company in 1986, working his way through the ranks, from various administrative roles attending school, to a junior sales representative in the Telecommunications Division to various middle-management roles and later serving as General Manager of the Americas. This has led to an extensive career at SYKES, resulting in comprehensive knowledge of the Company. His experience in operations, accounting, professional services, recruitment, and sales and marketing enable him to manage SYKES’ client relations and the ongoing success of global operations.
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Mr. Sykes majored in mechanical engineering at North Carolina State University. He is very involved in his community, serving the University of Tampa as a member of their Board of Trustees and Administrative Affairs Sub-committee. He supports Feeding America of Tampa Bay, the country’s largest charitable hunger-relief organization, as a board member.
In 2010, Mr. Sykes served as Chair of The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. He continued his service through 2011. In 2012, he served as Chair for The American Heart Association’s Heart Ball and on the Executive Committee of the Republican National Committee. In 2013, Mr. Sykes served as Chair of The Tampa Bay Partnership.
Mr. Sykes currently serves on the boards of the Tampa Bay Partnership, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of West Central Florida, the American Heart Association, the Straz Center for Performing Arts and Feeding America of Tampa Bay.
Mr. Sykes is a member of the Hillsborough County Economic Development Committee and serves as Chair of the Baseball Caucus. In 2011, Mr. Sykes was voted as Tampa Bay’s top business leader in the St. Petersburg Times Annual Leadership Survey of the Business Community.
Mr. Sykes leads efforts and actively supports the Heroes Luncheon, Gasparilla Music Festival, The Boy Scouts, Young Life, Tampa Downtown Partnership and Tampa Bay Wave.