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2019 CEOs Who "Get It"

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For 15 years, the National Safety Council has selected high-performing leaders who demonstrate they not only understand what safety is all about – they make it a top priority for their organization. In short, they are CEOs Who “Get It” when it comes to running a business with safety in mind. The eight individuals selected for the honor of 2019 CEOs Who “Get It” cast long shadows and use their influence to shift their respective organization’s safety culture from reactive to proactive.

Whether cleaning up Manhattan Project sites, managing hazardous chemicals, directing complex construction or transportation projects, or building safer working environments, these CEOs make safety leadership both visible and palpable. Like Greg Gluchowski, they foster a ‘One Team, One Goal’ mentality. Like William Wulfsohn, they recognize that “no amount of profit or business success can be called a win for the organization if people are getting hurt in the process.” Like Brian DiSabatino, they make safety awareness a part of everything they do.

CEOs Who “Get It” create employee-driven safety programs, listening to employee concerns through both employee perception surveys and personal conversations. They engage in ongoing discussions with labor organizations, rank and file as well as safety leaders, to identify and address root causes of safety hazards. Like Stuart Bradie, they know that achieving a zero-harm culture means empowering all employees to address safety issues, even if “safety” isn’t necessarily part of their job title or description. Like Maree Mulvoy, when it comes to safety, they lead by example. By personally spending time in the field like Kenneth Rueter, CEOs Who “Get It” build trust and identify opportunities for improvement, seeking innovative solutions and using the latest technology.

By clearly communicating expectations of excellence, these leaders are able to simultaneously expand their ongoing operations while fostering collaboration and enhancing safety. In the case of John Fenton, this means bringing safety leadership acumen to not just one, but several organizations. They understand the value of employee wellness, and promote health and safety for employees and the community at large. They recognize that safety does not stop when an employee heads home from work. Like Anthony Tony Campbell, they implement a safety culture in a way that reminds employees that it is all about “the Reason I Go Home Tonight.”

Each of these individuals brings personal accountability into play to ensure safety is not an afterthought. Each has a powerful safety vision that others can learn from, and always keeps the big picture in mind. Learning from these leaders is just one way we can get to our goal of eliminating preventable deaths in our lifetime, at work, at home and on the road.

NSC congratulates our 2019 honorees.


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