On October 12, CR Magazine recognized the winners of the 10th annual Responsible CEO of the Year awards. These awards are presented to CEOs that visibly exceed standards in the areas of employee relations, environmental impact, sustainability, human rights, philanthropy and corporate responsibility practices.
The 2017 award winners were honored at CR Magazine’s Responsible CEO of the Year Awards Dinner, which took place at the COMMIT!Forum at MGM National Harbor, just outside Washington, D.C..
All award winners were nominated by fellow members of the CR community and selected by an independent judging panel comprised of previous winners and other industry leaders
Here is a look at this year’s honorees (in alphabetical order):
CEO of the Year, Municipal/Nonprofit – Anthony Haines, President and CEO, Toronto Hydro Corporation
Anthony Haines is the president and chief executive officer of Toronto Hydro Corporation and its subsidiaries, one of the largest urban electricity distribution companies in Canada. He is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of experience in the Canadian energy industry, including 15 years in various senior roles in the natural gas industry.
Anthony realized that one of the most dangerous aspect of the electrical industry are burns related to workplace accidents. Under his leadership, the company extended the time between accidents from 250,000 hours to now more than 6 million hours. In addition, Anthony and Toronto Hydro are actively involved in fundraising efforts for the Ross Tilley Burn Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital. This is the largest and most advanced burn treatment centre in Canada and a leading researcher on electrical injury rehabilitation.
Anthony currently chairs the Ontario Energy Association (OEA). In addition, he served as chair of the Canadian Electricity Association from 2013-2015. He is the recipient of the Electricity Distributors Association’s Chair’s Citation Award, OEA’s Leader of the Year and the Energy Council of Canada’s 2014 Canadian Energy Person of the Year.
CEO of the Year – Roger A. Krone, Chairman and CEO, Leidos
Roger A. Krone is chairman and chief executive officer of Leidos, a recognized global leader in solving important problems in national security, health, and engineering. Before being named CEO in July 2014, Roger held leadership roles at some of the most prominent organizations in aerospace for nearly 40 years.
Bringing both engineering and financial expertise to bear, Krone has held senior program management and finance positions at The Boeing Company, McDonnell Douglas Corp., and General Dynamics. He has an exceptional track record of building consensus, teams, business, and companies. He is widely recognized as a dynamic thought leader with an intense interest in technology, and a deep understanding of the customers Leidos serves.
CR Board CEO Dave Armon said the following while presenting Krone with his award:
One of the hardest part of a CEO’s job is management of culture. [Roger] had to rebuild one. Leidos was formed from the separation of its business from its predecessor, SAIC. Roger Krone joined jut after this separation and began the process of helping reshape the company’s vision of itself. He recognized the importance of community engagement and began an effort to set aside a significant percentage of pre-tax profits for philanthropy…. This CEO is actively and very personally involved in the fundraising and community impact work of the company and even helped build houses for their Habitat for Humanity day. He has, perhaps, more importantly, for the benefit of the community here in the District and nationwide committed Leidos to the fight against opioid addiction.
Lifetime Achievement – Donald W. Slager, President and CEO, Republic Services, Inc.
Donald W. “Don” Slager is president and chief executive officer of Republic Services, Inc. Don has more than 35 years of experience in the recycling and waste services industry, starting as a teenager. He has served Republic for over 30 years.
“I am humbled by this recognition,” said Don. “But, this is an honor that belongs to the entire Republic family. What we do every day — collecting, hauling and managing the nation’s waste while providing simple solutions to our 14 million customers — is dynamic and demanding. It requires us to be relentless and reliable, always pursuing excellence, from responsible landfill operations to continued innovation at our recycling centers, and from a cleaner, quieter fleet to fulfilling our commitment to landfill gas and renewable energy projects. That’s why this award is so significant — it’s recognition of our entire team for always choosing to do the right thing, for our customers, communities and the environment.”
Throughout his career, Don has served in a wide variety of leadership positions, including as President and Chief Operating Officer of Republic, prior to becoming CEO in 2011. Don also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Allied Waste Industries from 2003 until Republic’s acquisition of Allied Waste in December 2008. Previously, he held various management roles of increasing responsibility at Allied (and formerly National Waste Services) from 1985 through 2008.
CEO of the Year – Kenneth M. Sullivan, President and CEO, Smithfield Foods, Inc.
As president and chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods, Inc., Ken Sullivan provides the vision and strategic direction for the world’s largest hog producer and pork processor. Ken oversees Smithfield’s operations in the United States, Poland, Romania, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. He is responsible for leading Smithfield to financial success and upholding its promise to deliver “good food. Responsibly.”
Since becoming Smithfield’s president and CEO in 2016, Ken has launched several new initiatives and expanded corporate responsibility programs. Late last year, Smithfield became the first major protein producer to adopt a greenhouse gas reduction goal throughout its entire supply chain by pledging to cut emissions 25 percent by 2025. The company also announced Operation 4000!, its goal to make veterans 10 percent of the company’s U.S. workforce within the next three years, and expanded its hunger-relief initiative Helping Hungry Homes program.
“Under Ken’s leadership, Smithfield has seized opportunities for continuous improvement and developed transformative solutions that have set new standards for corporate responsibility and sustainability practices,” said Dave Armon. “His influence has ignited innovation within his own company and inspires other leaders in the food industry.”
Most Innovative CEO of the Year – Tom Szaky, Founder and CEO, TerraCycle, Inc.
Tom Szaky is the founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of otherwise non-recyclable pre and post-consumer waste. TerraCycle works with the world’s largest brands and companies to create circular solutions for materials such as laboratory waste, coffee capsules and even food packaging that otherwise have no other path to be recycled.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, Tom and his family emigrated as political refugees to the Netherlands and eventually to Toronto. Tom, already an accomplished entrepreneur, came to the United States in 2001 when he entered Princeton University. In 2002, he took a leave of absence to dedicate himself to growing TerraCycle, which began as a two-man outfit in a college dorm room.
In 2012, TerraCycle became the first company in history to conduct widespread collection and recycling of cigarette filters (butts). Since that time TerraCycle has collected hundreds of millions of butts in eight countries.
In 2014, TerraCycle launched Zero Waste Boxes, which allow anyone to recycle virtually anything in their home or business. TerraCycle works with major office supply chains and other B2C and B2B suppliers to distribute these boxes.
This year TerraCycle, Procter & Gamble, and SUEZ announced production of the world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle made from beach plastic. The first bottles went on shelves in mid-2017.