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Finalists Named for CR Magazine 2019 Responsible CEO of the Year Awards

By Leon Kaye
CR Magazine

This week, Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine has announced the finalists for its 12th annual excellence in leadership awards. The awards are given to corporate leaders who are committed to a forward-thinking environmental, social, and governance (ESG) agenda. In addition, these awards are open to those who have taken the bold steps necessary in pushing ahead on the most urgent conversations of today.

The awards will be presented during a dinner at this fall’s October’s 3BL Forum, the theme of which is “Brands Taking Stands - What’s Next.” The event will be October 29 and 30 at MGM National Harbor in Maryland, only minutes from Washington, D.C.

The finalists for the 2019 Responsible CEO of the Year are:

  • Sylvia Acevedo, CEO at Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Jeffrey W. Eckel, President & CEO at Hannon Armstrong
  • Brad MacAfee, Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner of Porter Novelli 
  • David Taylor, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer at Procter & Gamble
  • Hans Vestberg, Chairmain and CEO, Verizon

“Some CEOs deliver strong financial performance, period. Others are adept at keeping shareholders happy while also leading their organizations to be forces for good by championing a strong environmental, social and governance agenda,” said Dave Armon, CEO of 3BL Media and publisher of CR Magazine. “Our panel of former Responsible CEO winners and our team at 3BL Media are delighted to honor these finalists for the impact they have made and their ongoing leadership in ESG.”

In addition to the Responsible CEO of the Year Awards, CR Magazine's 9th annual Lifetime Achievement Award will recognize a CEO who stands out with the risk-taking, vision and pioneering spirit leading to a strong track record of ESG achievements over the course of his or her career.

All award winners are nominated by members of the corporate responsibility and sustainability community; the nominees in turn and are then awarded by an independent panel of judges composed of previous Responsible CEO winners as well as other recognized leaders in the business and nonprofit communities.

Last year’s Responsible CEO of the Year awardees (shown above) were:

  • Daniel Amos, Chairman and CEO at Aflac
  • Tim Ryan, U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner at PwC
  • Steve Rendle, President and CEO at VF Corporation
  • John Snyder, President and CEO at BCD Travel
  • Mariano Lozano, president and CEO at Danone North America
  • José Andrés, Chef/Owner, ThinkFoodGroup and Minibar by José Andrés, and Founder, World Central Kitchen, who CR Magazine awarded as Humanitarian of the Year

Join us at 3BL Forum: Brands Taking Stands – What’s Next, at MGM National Harbor, just outside Washington, D.C., on October 29-30, 2019. The two-day event will continue our newly established tradition of bringing corporate leaders together on a fast-paced main stage, keenly focused on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind their thinking as we navigate a rapidly changing business environment. Receive a 25 percent discount using this code PUNDIT2019AUGUST when you register here during the month of August, 2019.

Image credit: 3BL Forum

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Leon Kaye has written for 3p since 2010 and become executive editor in 2018. His previous work includes writing for the Guardian as well as other online and print publications. In addition, he's worked in sales executive roles within technology and financial research companies, as well as for a public relations firm, for which he consulted with one of the globe’s leading sustainability initiatives. Currently living in Central California, he’s traveled to 70-plus countries and has lived and worked in South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay.

Leon’s an alum of Fresno State, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the University of Southern California's Marshall Business School. He enjoys traveling abroad as well as exploring California’s Central Coast and the Sierra Nevadas.

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