FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world's largest express transportation company, today announced that Matthew Thornton, III, senior vice president of U.S. Operations, has been named to Ebony Magazine's 2016 Power 100 list of the world's most influential and inspiring African Americans. This prestigious list, which was first launched in 1985, serves as an annual recap of outstanding accomplishments by top and emerging leaders in the African American community. "Ebony has a long history of celebrating and honoring the true heroes of the black community through the Power 100," said Shannon Brown, senior vice president and chief Human Resources and Diversity officer at FedEx Express. "Matthew has been a friend and colleague for more than 30 years. I can't think of anyone more deserving of this distinguished recognition." Thornton was named to the Power 100 list not only for his role as a FedEx executive responsible for more than 50,000 team members across the country, but also for being a man whose decisions affect a large part of domestic commerce. "Ebony works hard each year to identify and illuminate 100 powerful individuals who are excelling in their profession and carrying the torch for future generations," said Cheryl Mayberry McKissack, chief executive officer of Ebony Media Operations LLC. "We congratulate and commend Matthew Thornton, III and look forward to recognizing him at our annual gala." Thornton joined FedEx Express in 1978 and has held various management positions of increasing responsibility with the company, including Senior Vice President of Air, Ground and Freight Services from 2004 to 2006 and Vice President of Regional Operations (Central Region) from 1998 to 2004. He is very active in community service, serving on the boards of The Sherwin-Williams Company and Safe Kids Worldwide. He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC).