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Since leaving Oracle for Infor, Charles Phillips has been on a shopping spree to retool the enterprise software firm. The IT mogul and former Obama adviser sees business potential even in trade tensions and protectionist borders. BY ANNABETH LEOW

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"Businesspeople have a certain skill set and experience, and I think explaining how commerce works and what drives job growth is always important in any country - because everybody wants to grow and generate wealth. And that's always good for a politician when that's happening."- Charles Phillips

AS former United States president Bill Clinton's campaign strategy ran: "It's the economy, stupid."

And Charles Phillips, the 59-year-old chief executive of software firm Infor, knows something about that, from his time on Barack Obama's post-recession presidential economic recovery

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