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The 2017 CEOs Who 'Get It'

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Deborah A. P. Hersman
President and CEO
National Safety Council

A culture of safety and well-being is one that takes time, dedication, a thoughtful approach and a CEO who “gets it.” The 2017 CEOs Who “Get It” are leaders who not only understand how to run a great business, but also know deep down that safety is paramount for their employees, their clients and their families.

Whether running a construction services company like Raymond Brown, an electric cooperative like Joe Slater or managing safety for the U.S. Air Force like Maj. Gen. Andrew Mueller, safety cannot be an afterthought. Doing a job right means doing it safely – every time – and safety starts at the top. The best leaders lead by example, and so we salute the 2017 CEOs Who “Get It” for going above and beyond in creating a culture of safety by focusing on what matters most.

I hope that reading the Q&As with our 2017 CEOs Who “Get It” will not only inspire you, but also give you an added appreciation for what passion for safety is all about. We can all learn best practices from each other, and it’s one way we can get to our goal of eliminating preventable deaths in our lifetime. I believe if every employee had a CEO who “gets it” in every industry, we would be a lot closer to that goal.

Congratulations to our 2017 honorees and thank you for your dedication.

Deborah A. P. Hersman
President and CEO
National Safety Council


Browse CEO Q&As by clicking on a photo below or by clicking the arrows at the top of each page.

  • Ray BrownRay Brown
  • Timothy J. GassmannTimothy J. Gassmann
  • Larry HoganLarry Hogan
  • Maj. Gen. Andrew M. MuellerMaj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller
  • Tim MurrayTim Murray
  • Ryan NilesRyan Niles
  • Joe SlaterJoe Slater
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