CEO Outlook Magazine

Top 20 Visionary CEOs September 2023

As we navigate and dwell in the second half of 2023, CEOs are facing an unprecedented level of change and uncertainty. However, by embracing new technologies, fostering resilience, and building diverse and inclusive teams, they can rise to the challenge and lead their organizations to success.

All businesses are operating in the aftermath economy and managing the aftershocks of the pandemic. Some businesses have struggled with slowing customer demand while others experienced continuous growth as a result of last year’s economic surge. Finding opportunities in the aftermath will be a differentiating factor for successful companies.

One area of focus for small and midsize businesses is taking advantage of weakened competitors. From targeting their customers to recruiting their talent to actually acquiring their business, there may be many levels of opportunity to gain market share in the aftermath.

Strategic price increases balanced with customer growth in the face of inflation are where CEOs are finding opportunities as well. Leaders should evaluate not just revenues but order volumes as well to understand the rates of change in customer demand.

Cover Story

Michael Coleman | CEO | Montgomery Area Food Bank

The U.S. food security crisis is increasing with each passing day. Assessments propose 23 million people reside in so-called “food deserts”—mostly rural areas where there is little to no access to fresh food, and low-income neighborhoods with poor access to healthy food. The pandemic, which has ushered in over 50 million Americans encountering food insecurity, has demonstrated the drawback in the food system and supply chain resiliency...

Christian Godoy | CEO & President | Lares Research

Christian Godoy believes in a quote—that can be translated into words of wisdom—by Tom Hanks, “That too shall pass. There will be days when you have all the answers. However, that...

Dana Lasenby | CEO | Oakland Community Health Network

Dana Lasenby is on a mission to inspire hope, empower people and strengthen communities. She is doing this by being part of Oakland Community Health Network (OCHN), a provider service...

Daniel Șologon | CEO & President of the Board | CEMACON

” Only by ensuring that all my colleagues are motivated, empowered, trained, that they are all connected to the company’s vision, that they work well as a team, we can...

Fernando Neves de Almeida | CEO | CENTROCAR

The primary motivation of Fernando Neves de Almeida, CEO of, Centrocar, is to deliver happiness. Happiness for all the company employees, meaning they should enjoy, love, feel well compensated, and...

David Duplisea | CEO | The Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce

David Duplisea took the reins at the Saint John Board of Trade just about ten years ago. Previous boards of Directors had discussed the possibility of partnering with the region’s...

Frank Schürch | CEO |

Frank Schürch believes it is essential not to give up if something doesn’t work out initially. Every company must adapt itself more often than a decade ago. So, one must...

Jacques-Olivier Joncoux | CEO & Chairman | Sphering Group

It took Jacques-Olivier Joncoux five years to be ready to profoundly transform Sphering Group and adapt the organization to a new and ambitious vision. For Jacques-Olivier, it was a big...

Jennifer Thornton | Founder and CEO | 304 Coaching

Jennifer Thornton is on a mission to help progressive organizations foster an environment of learning, experimentation, and innovation and meet the demands of exponential growth for business. “This is the way...

Lisa-Maree Blumenfeld | Founder and CEO | Retain, LLC

Lisa-Maree Blumenfeld, the founder of Retain, LLC, is an accomplished HR professional who has held many leadership roles for clients in a wide array of industries. Her vast experience spans...

Lisa Dughi | CEO | NAF

NAF’s design ignites students’ passion for learning. It allows businesses to play an active role in shaping America’s future workforce by transforming the learning environment into STEM-infused career-specific curricula and...

Steven L. Blue | President & CEO | Miller Ingenuity

Visionary leaders are driven and inspired by what a company can become. They are not bogged down with technical details, but they are big-picture people who intend to usher in...


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