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Top 20 Visionary CEOs 2023

In addition to the mindset shifts mentioned in the editorial, there are any number of more tangible reasons why companies have been able to drive this kind of progress so quickly. Some CEOs, such as Vivek Sankaran of Albertsons and Lance Fritz of Union Pacific, have noted that remote work and bans on travel have opened up banks of time that give them the opportunity to focus more on what really matters. As Natarajan Chandrasekaran, chairman of the Tata Group, says, “[As a consultant,] I used to fly to meet a customer, even if it took all day or more, for a one-hour meeting. Now I know that the amount of time that goes into traveling is not necessary. That’s the way people used to live, but I think that that will come down now.” Unilever CEO Alan Jope tells us, “We’re all discovering what a capacity trap travel is. I feel a quite calming sense of control over my own time.” Others, however, like BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, discovered early in the crisis that not having travel time took from them valuable reflection, focus, and restoration time. Fink reminds us that downtime at the water cooler with colleagues and travel by oneself can be creative openings and outlets for new thinking. Many CEOs have since adapted by booking “flight time” into their schedule so as to avoid spending all day, every day, on videoconference meetings. In either case, the COVID-19 experience has made it clearer than ever that CEOs must be extremely intentional about how they use their time.Here are some CEOs who have made brilliant transformations in leading and also guiding.

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Gary Higgins | CEO | Coeval Limited

“My philosophy for life and business was built in the karate arena, but life isn’t something you can kick your way through. This martial art, like life, is about so much more than fighting and being tough. What impressed me about karate was the learning culture it instilled in me...

Anthony Anton | President & CEO | Washington Hospitality

According to Anthony Anton, President & CEO, Washington Hospitality, the industry has been in a perfect storm for most of the last two years: First, the pandemic hit, and...

Brandi Martin | President & CEO | InstaFab Company

As a CEO, Brandi Martin believes that prioritization and organizational resilience are vital drivers of success for any company. To effectively manage limited resources and achieve strategic objectives, prioritization is...

Carolyn Shames | President & CEO | Shames Construction

As a woman CEO in a male-dominated industry for 40 years now, I have learned a myriad of lessons on how to be an effective leader. I have built my...

Dr. Hao Pang | Founder & CEO | Quantum Science

Dr. Hao Pang, founder, and CEO of Quantum Science has worked in quantum dots (QDs) since graduating with a Ph.D. in materials chemistry in 2009. His first role in this...

Jim Kastner | CEO | Unisource Solutions, Inc.

Did you know encouraging great ideas in the workplace is essential to foster a culture of creativity and innovation? When employees feel empowered to share their ideas, they are more...

Kristen Moore | CEO | Destinations of Distinction

When Kristen Moore came on board back in 2009, the landscape of the travel industry was drastically different. Instagram wasn’t even a thing yet, so most of the sales &...

Mary Clark Bartlett | CEO & Founder | Epicurean Group

According to Harvard Public Health article, federal food law is clear: It bans “any poisonous or deleterious substance which may render injurious to health.” Regulators have used that provision for...

Shon Holyfield | CEO | Amazing Workplace, Inc.

When employees are happy, organizations see real breakthroughs. Happy employees are themselves far more productive and, in turn, positively influence those around them to strive for greater heights. Harvard Business...

Steven Peleman | CEO | Triple Helix

Apart from being the founder, Steven Peleman’s role within Triple Helix is best explained by describing his background and character. He is the engineering and business economics child of a...

Susan Kichuk | Founder & CEO | The Targeted Strategies Group

The Targeted Strategies Group (TTSG) spent over 20 years helping Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs build economic opportunity through the successful succession of family businesses. Then almost 5 years ago...

Suyi Erhabor | CEO | Curaga

Suyi Erhabor, CEO, Curaga, has been crucial to the creation and transformation of Curaga from a small business to a multimillion-dollar corporation in Ontario. Suyi treats each employee as a...


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