RBC, KeyCorp Chair & CEO Beth Mooney, Abbott, and Sodexo Group Tapped as 2014
WomenCorporateDirectors Visionary Awards Winners
"Contributing far beyond balance sheets to create models for the rest of the
NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2014
NEW YORK, Feb.13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Honoring companies and CEOs who are
advancing better corporate governance across the globe,
WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) is recognizing for its 2014 Visionary Awards
the French food services and facilities management corporation Sodexo; global
healthcare giant Abbott; top financial institution RBC; and Beth Mooney, chair
and CEO of KeyCorp bank and considered one of the most powerful women in
With its Visionary Awards – which have tapped Procter & Gamble; Publicis;
Intel; Coca-Cola; and CEOs Ellen Cullman, Marjorie Scardino, and Irene
Rosenfeld, among others, in previous years – WCD is identifying "extraordinary
leaders who contribute far beyond their balance sheets," said Visionary Awards
Co-Chair Christie Hefner. "The awardees are creating a model for the rest of
the world and are re-defining what a company and a CEO can do."
WCD will present the 2014 Visionary Awards at its Visionary Awards Dinner on
May 14, 2014, as part of its annual WCD Global Institute (May 13-15) in New
York City. As the top global organization for women on boards – rapidly
expanding with 60 chapters to date worldwide – WCD has more than 2,500 members
serving on more than 3,500+ boards. The group's influence has grown
exponentially in recent years, with the aggregate market capitalization of
public companies on whose boards WCD members serve close to $8 trillion. WCD
designates winners who embody WCD's mission to champion better board
governance practices and lead through visionary action.
"We want to recognize those who have long moved past business-as-usual and are
truly re-defining the role of corporate citizenship in their communities
globally," said fellow Awards Co-Chair Sherry Barrat.
Awards will be accepted by:
oGordon Nixon, President and CEO, RBC, winner of the Visionary Award for
Leadership and Governance of a Public Company
oBeth Mooney, Chair and CEO of KeyCorp, winner of the Visionary Award for
oMiles D. White, CEO and Chairman of Abbott, winner of the Visionary Award
for Innovation in Shared Value
oMichel Landel, CEO, President, and Chairman of the Executive Committee of
Sodexo Group, winner of the Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance
of a Private Company
"I'm honored to receive this award on behalf of RBC and its employees.
Together, we've made tremendous progress in diversity and inclusion over the
years. There is always more to be done, and this award will inspire us to
reach higher goals," said RBC President and CEO Nixon. "I have always believed
that our people are our most important asset, and talent and leaders come in
both genders and in all races and ethnicities. Global companies like ours
cannot succeed in an increasingly competitive economy without the full and
active participation and leadership of women and minorities."
Award winner Beth Mooney of KeyCorp remarked: "One of the enduring strengths
of our company is the quality and diversity of our board of directors, our
leadership team, and our employees. It drives disciplined execution on behalf
of the clients and the communities we serve. While the entire financial
services industry is undergoing a sea change, I'm proud that Key is being
recognized as a leader in corporate governance by doing the right things the
The winner of the award for "innovation in shared value," Abbott is being
recognized for its leadership specifically in the area of corporate social
responsibility. Its Chairman and CEO Miles White said of Abbott's being named
a 2014 winner:"We're honored to be recognized by WomenCorporateDirectors. The
connection between business and society has always been at the core of our
mission at Abbott – we succeed by finding new ways to help people live better,
"It is an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious organization, and it is
a testament to Sodexo's commitment to gender diversity," says Sodexo's Michel
Landel. "Since its foundation almost 50 years ago, Sodexo has been guided by a
vision: we believe that to create lasting value, organizations and society
must place people at the center of their thinking. We are convinced that the
women and men in a company must be the real beneficiaries of its success.This
belief has become the cornerstone of our gender balance strategy. By tapping
into the full potential of both genders, we are stronger, more innovative, and
better at what we do."
As the setting for the Visionary Awards presentation each year, WCD's
invitation-only Global Institute has become one of the most sought-after
events for women corporate directors globally, attracting 300 board members,
many of whom are also CEOs, from countries around the world.
"The Global Institute taps some of the best thinking from around the world,"
said Susan Stautberg, CEO, Co-Founder, and Co-Chair of WCD. "Our new ideas and
dissatisfaction with the status quo are what enable us to spur change in
governance and how boards can effectively operate today."
2014 WCD Visionary Awards Selection Committee
oChristie Hefner, Executive Chairman, Canyon Ranch Enterprises; Director,
Luminary Digital Media, LLC, Center for American Progress Action Fund
oSherry Barrat, Retired Vice Chairman, Northern Trust; Corporate Director,
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., NextEra Energy, Inc., Prudential Insurance
oYolanda Auza, General Manager UNISYS Latinoamerica Central South Andean,
Director Unisys de Venezuela, CEA, CEJ
oMarina Brogi, Chairman Fratelli Branca Distillerie S.r.l.
oMarty Evans, Rear Admiral, US Navy (Ret.), Director of Weight Watchers
International, Inc., The North Highland Company
oMichele Hooper, President and CEO, The Directors' Council; Director, PPG
Industries, UnitedHealth Group, National Association of Corporate
oHonorable Senator Kathryn (Kay) Bailey Hutchison, Director, Cobalt
International Energy, Inc.
oJill Kanin-Lovers, Director, Dot Foods; Director, Heidrick & Struggles;
Director, Homeownership Preservation Foundation
oEstelle Metayer, President, Competia; Director, Ubisoft Entertainment SA
oKalpana Raina, Managing Partner, 252 Solutions LLC; Director,
RealNetworks, Inc., John Wiley & Sons, Information Services Group, The
World Policy Institute
oSusan Stautberg, Co-Founder, Co-Chair, and CEO of WomenCorporateDirectors
and President of PartnerCom Corporation
For more information about the 2014 WCD Visionary Awards, please contact Davia
Temin or Suzanne Oaks of Temin and Company at 212-588-8788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD)
WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) is the only global membership organization and
community of women corporate directors, comprised of more than 2,500 members
serving on over 3,500 boards in 60 chapters around the world, with many more
slated in the next two quarters. The aggregate market capitalization of public
companies on whose boards WCD members serve is $8 trillion – if WCD were a
country, its economy would be the world's third largest, behind only the U.S.
and China. In addition, WCD members serve on numerous boards of large private
WCD membership provides a unique platform for learning from the intellectual
capital of accomplished women from around the world, and WCD's mission is to
increase courage, candor, inclusion, and cohesion in the boardroom. In 2012,
WCD launched the Global Nominating Commission, a high-level task force of
select corporate board nominating committee chairs and members from around the
world, as well as CEOs, focused on proactively building diverse boards and
candidate slates. KPMG is a Global Partner of WCD. Spencer Stuart is a Premier
Partner, and WCD Strategic Partners include Marriott International and Pearl
Meyer & Partners; WCD Alliance Partners include International Finance
Corporation (IFC), JPMorgan Chase, and Northern Trust.
WCD has 60 global chapters, located in Arizona, Atlanta, Beijing, Boston,
Charlotte, Chicago, Chile, Cleveland, Colombia, Columbus, Dallas/Fort Worth,
Delhi, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gulf Cooperation Council, Hanoi, Ho
Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kansas
City, London, Los Angeles/Orange County, Malaysia, Melbourne, Mexico, Milan,
Minnesota, Morocco, Mumbai, Netherlands, New York, New Zealand, Nigeria,
Northern California, Panama, Peru, Philadelphia, Philippines, Quebec, Rome,
San Diego, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Shanghai, Singapore, South Africa, South
Florida, Switzerland, Sydney, Tennessee, Toronto, Turkey, Washington, D.C, and
Western Canada.Upcoming chapters include Denver, New Mexico, North
Florida/Southern Georgia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and Thailand. For more
information, visit www.womencorporatedirectors.com.
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