The stories behind each of the winners are fascinating though. CEO's that have had the vision, confidence and hard work necessary to lead extraordinary companies and set the example for corporate America. Take Herb Kelleher at Southwest Airlines. They've been around 35 years now, have always run a profit and have a lot of fun doing it. In the AIRLINE INDUSTRY, no less! These folks represent the best of the best.
Here are the winners:
- Business Leader of the Future-Sallie Krawcheck-CFO, Citigroup Inc.
- Leader in Business Practices-William C. Weldon-Chairman & CEO, Johnson & Johnson
- Leader in Innovation-Eric Schmidt-Chairman & CEO, Google
- Entrepreneurial Excellence-Herbert D. Kelleher-Chairman & CEO, Southwest Airlines Co.
- Leader in Human Capital Practices-George David-Chairman & CEO, United Technologies Corporation
- Lifetime Achievement-Dr. Alan Greenspan-President, Greenspan Associates ; Former Chairman of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System
The stories we see of corporate executives on the front page too often are steeped in Enron-like ethics. There are a lot more leaders like the ones above who are in it to make a difference for their customers, their employees and common shareholders. These are role models, grooming the next generation of leaders to carry on the tradition of American excellence.