Merck, illycaffè, REI Co-op and AMN Healthcare CEO Susan Salka Named 2021 Visionary Award Honorees by Women Corporate Directors
Recognizing companies and CEOs who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in advancing diversity, inclusion, and other governance best practices, the Women Corporate Directors Foundation (WCD) has announced its 2021 Visionary Award honorees. The recipients include Merck & Co., Inc., led by chairman and CEO Kenneth C. Frazier; outdoor retailer REI Co-op, headed by President and CEO Eric Artz; the family-created global premium coffee brand illycaffè S.p.A, led by CEO Massimiliano Pogliani; and Susan Salka, CEO of AMN Healthcare, the largest healthcare staffing company in the United States.
WCD will also be presenting the Susan S. Stautberg WCD Member Leadership Award to Susan Remmer Ryzewic.
The awards will be presented at the WCD Virtual Visionary Awards Celebration on June 9, 2021, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., U.S. EDT. Mellody Hobson - co-CEO and president of Ariel Investments, chair of the board of Ariel Investment Trust, chair of the board of Starbucks Corporation, and a director of JPMorgan Chase - will be interviewed by Becky Quick, co-anchor of CNBC's Squawk Box (News - Alert) on advancing diversity and inclusion in boardrooms and corporations globally. The Awards program, in its eleventh year, is part of WCD's annual Global Institute, which runs June 9-11, 2021. The theme for the Virtual Global Institute is Agile (News - Alert) Leadership in the Boardroom: Prioritizing People, Purpose & Profitability.
"What has been required of corporate leaders over the past year has been extraordinary in the face of existential threats and true uncertainty about the future," said Susan C. Keating, CEO of WCD. "Our Visionary Award honorees leveraged strong governance models that were established prior to the crisis and continued to meet their challenges with a commitment to diversity and the talent necessary to steer them into recovery."
"There is a growing recognition of the need for inclusive leadership in the board and C-suite in order to make an impact not only in companies but in the communities those companies serve," said Visionary Awards committee co-chair Deborah E. Kelly.
Izumi Kobayashi, co-chair of the committee with Kelly, remarked: "These honorees clearly stood out through their industry leadership and continuing commitment to ESG - environmental, social and governance. They have also emerged as important leaders more broadly as we have faced challenges in social justice, the environment, and healthcare."
Visionary Award selection committee members Mary Beth Vitale and Christie Hefner remarked, "We had a much broader range of nominees this year from all over the world, and it was interesting to learn about the outstanding efforts of each of the companies."
"During this virtual celebration, we will be treated to brief interviews with each honoree - providing insights into the strategies that led to their achievements," said Dr. Cheemin Bo-Linn, Visionary Awards Celebration chair.
2021 WCD Visionary Awards Selection Committee
The honorees were determined by an independent committee comprised of WCD members.
Selection Committee Co-chairs:
Visionary Awards Celebration Chair:
About Women Corporate Directors Education and Development Foundation, Inc.
The Women Corporate Directors Education and Development Foundation, Inc. (WCD) is the only global membership organization and community of women corporate directors. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, WCD has 76 chapters around the world. In addition to publicly traded company boards, WCD members serve on numerous boards of large private and family-run companies globally. For more information visit www.womencorporatedirectors.org or follow us on Twitter (News - Alert) @WomenCorpDirs, #WCDboards. #WCDGlobal2021.
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