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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Western Union CEO Hikmet Ersek named Responsible CEO of the Year by CR Magazine

Congratulations to Hikmet Ersek, president and CEO of the Western Union Company, named today a Responsible CEO of the Year by CR Magazine.

Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine highlights America's most socially responsible chief executives, announcing today the winners of the fifth annual Responsible CEO of the Year Awards. These awards are presented to CEOs across industries that visibly exceed standards in the areas of employee relations, environmental impact, human rights, philanthropy and corporate responsibility practices.

"Corporate responsibility is a business strategy that shapes how we operate on a daily basis," said Ersek. "At Western Union, we operate daily by understanding the social needs of our underserved global customers. As a successful company in more than 200 countries, we change, adapt and promote our products and services to their needs."

The winners of the 2012 Responsible CEO of the Year awards are:

  • Hikmet Ersek, Chief Executive Officer & President, Western Union Company
  • Bob Moritz, US Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC
  • Jeffrey Ettinger, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hormel Foods
  • Gale Klappa, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wisconsin Energy


All award winners were nominated by fellow members of the CR community and selected by an independent judging panel comprised of previous winners and other industry leaders. The 2011 Responsible CEOs included Arne Duncan of the US Department of Education, Jeffrey Joerres of ManpowerGroup, Donald Knauss of The Clorox Company, Fred Krupp of the Environmental Defense Fund, and Paul Rooke of Lexmark International, Inc.

In determining the winners, judges considered several dimensions of the aforementioned standards including: the scope of the CEO's impact on their organization and community, the extent to which the CEO drove this initiative, and the individual reputation or professional risk taken by the CEO.

The 2012 recipients will be honored at CR Magazine's Responsible CEO of the Year Awards Dinner taking place at the COMMIT!Forum, Wednesday October 3rd at Cipriani in New York City from 7:00-9:30pm.

Read the CR Magazine press release.


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