Profiles of the 2017 Responsible CEO Winners

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CR Magazine’s 2017 Responsible CEO Award acknowledges individuals who go the extra mile to help their corporations exceed daily goals in a sustainable and responsible manner.

Winners were announced at the 2017 COMMIT!Forum.

Municipal/Nonprofit CEO of the Year: Anthony Haines
Anthony_HainesAnthony 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.

Under Haines’ guidance, the Toronto Hydro Corporation has:
– Supported emerging energy storage technologies;
– Successfully connected over 11,000 solar projects;
– Been recognized by the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) as a Sustainable Electricity Company;
– Increased the time between accidents from 1 every 250,000 hours to 1 every 6 million hours.

Haines 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 research center for electrical injury rehabilitation.

CEO of the Year: Roger A. Krone
"Leidos CEO Roger Krone"Roger A. Krone is the current chairman and CEO of Leidos, an American defense company based in Reston, Va., that provides scientific engineering, systems integration, and technical services. Krone became CEO of Leidos in 2014, after holding leadership roles at some of the most prominent aerospace organizations for nearly 40 years.

Krone is widely recognized as a dynamic thought leader with an intense interest in technology, and a deep understanding of the customers Leidos serves. Krone received the Responsible CEO of the Year Award for his dedication to the company beyond the workplace. Krone has demonstrated a special commitment to addressing the increasing opioid epidemic.

Under Krone’s leadership, Leidos has partnered with nonprofit organizations and state task forces to increase awareness, prevention and recovery for those affected by opioid addiction.

Lifetime Achievement: Donald W. Slager
Photo_Don_SlagerDonald W. Slager is the president and CEO of Republic Services, Inc., a leading non-hazardous waste removal service in the United States. Slager began working in the waste management field as a teenager over 35 years ago. 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.

Slager’s commitment to his field is most evident in his dedication to green and environmentally friendly measures. While Republic Services, Inc., is primarily responsible for removing and transporting waste, Slager strives to provide the community with a cleaner, more sustainable future in the process.

Slager also led Republic Services to incorporate sustainability metrics, which helped the company gain recognition by the Dow Sustainability Index for the second year in a row in 2017.

CEO of the Year: Kenneth M. Sullivan
kenneth-sullivan-smithfield_copy_1As 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. Sullivan 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.”

Under Sullivan’s guidance, Smithfield has seen a drastic increase in the company’s sustainability tracking. Various new initiatives and programs will help the pork producer reach a 25 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

Sullivan’s philanthropy is also apparent in his continuous efforts to assist retired veterans. He aims to expand Smithfield’s workforce to include veterans who seek a job after serving their country. Sullivan also expanded Smithfield’s hunger-relief initiative Helping Hungry Homes, which has provided nearly 80 million pounds of protein to local food banks across the country since 2011.

Most Innovative CEO of the Year:Tom Szaky
TomSzakyTom Szaky is the chief executive officer and founder of TerraCycle, a company that transforms ordinary waste and recycling materials into usable consumer products.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Szaky and his family moved to Toronto in 1986. 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.

While Szaky initially focused on the production of fertilizer, he soon realized the potential to expand his market to include a more extensive variety of sources. Companies such as Kraft Foods and Nabisco soon joined Szaky in his journey toward sustainability. In 2006, Inc. magazine gave Szaky the honorary title of the top CEO under the age of 30.

Under Szaky’s guidance, TerraCycle became the first company in history to conduct widespread collection and recycling of cigarette filters (butts). He also assisted in producing the world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle made from beach plastic, which hit shelves last year.

2018 CEO of the Year Award Nominations Now Open
The Responsible CEO of the Year Awards recognizes CEOs — from companies, NGOs, and governments — who, during the previous year, put themselves at personal and professional risk in order to deliver on their corporate responsibility promises. To nominate a CEO for the 2018 awards, visit

Deadline for submission is April 30, 2018.

Posted April 6, 2018 in Vol. 8 No. 4 - July/August 2017