World’s Leading CEOs Convene to Discuss Strategies to Solve Societal Challenges while Driving Business Performance

Board of Boards CEO Roundtable is Leading Forum for CEOs to Discuss the Business Case for Being a Force for Good
Feb 24, 2014 9:00 AM ET

New York, NY, February 24, 2014 /3BL Media/ - CEOs representing a coalition of global senior executives whose companies have committed more than $14 billion in annual total community investment will gather today for CECP’s 9th annual, closed-door Board of Boards CEO Roundtable. Fifty CEOs from the world’s largest companies will explore the shared potential of corporate CEOs to be a force for good in advancing solutions to the world’s greatest challenges at this Forbes-named CEO “power player” event.

The list of CEO discussion leaders includes:

  • Michael T. Duke, Retired President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (keynote)
  • Dominic Barton, Worldwide Managing Director, McKinsey & Company
  • Anthony F. Earley Jr., Chairman, CEO, and President, PG&E
  • Richard Edelman, President and CEO, Edelman
  • Duncan Niederauer, CEO, NYSE
  • Gregory Page, Executive Chairman, Cargill
  • Anne Stausboll, CEO, CalPERS
  • With Martin Dickson, US Managing Editor, Financial Times, summarizing the CEO discussion.

A full list of attendees can be found on the CECP website. 

The CECP Board of Boards agenda includes small group conversations on pressing community issues, live opinion polling, a panel discussion, business case studies, the presentation of the CECP Excellence Awards, and the ringing of The Closing BellSM of the New York Stock Exchange. CEOs at the Board of Boards will discuss topics such as employee engagement, trust in business, long-term capitalism, and other issues that leading CEOs know are directly connected to core business strategy and the progress of the company. 

New this year, CECP’s CEO Board of Directors awarded five Force for Good Awards to CEOs in the following categories:

  • Lawrence A. Wien Legacy Award: 2014 honoree John Whitehead, Former Co-Chair, Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Former Deputy Secretary of State, for his role in the founding of CECP and unwavering lifetime commitment to the promotion of corporate societal investment and community betterment.
  • Founders Award: 2014 honoree Barry Salzberg, Global CEO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, for his work in leading a company defined by its values of embracing community needs as its own and for formalizing a culture of pro bono service across the firm’s 200,000 employees.
  • Collaboration Award: 2014 honoree Jack Larsen, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, for his work in rallying fellow CEOs and companies to join Hunger-Free Minnesota.
  • Pacesetter Award: 2014 honoree John Replogle, CEO, Seventh Generation, for leading the movement of nimble companies operating under the conviction that customers and investors expect them to be responsible and successful.
  • Force for Good Award: 2014 honoree Michael T. Duke, Retired President and CEO, Wal-Mart, for his work over his tenure in impacting Wal-Mart’s journey as a global leader in community investment and sustainability, and imparting a clear focus on creating better lives.

“CECP is proud to convene each year the premier conversation of CEOs on the issue of their companies’ community commitments,” stated Daryl Brewster, CEO, CECP. “The CEOs in attendance at the Board of Boards lead the way in advancing solutions to tough global challenges through their investments in the communities around them. They communicate through CECP’s platforms their personal views on and their companies’ commitments to strong corporate values.” 

CECP, a coalition of CEOs who believe that societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance, was founded 15 years ago by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, along with Peter Malkin, Chairman Emeritus, Empire State Realty Trust; John Whitehead, former Co-Chair, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Former Deputy Secretary of State; and other business leaders. 

“One of the most effective ways to develop an enlightened perspective is to learn from others,” stated Doug Conant, Chair, Avon Products, Inc.; Founder and CEO, ConantLeadership; Former CEO, Campbell Soup Company. “CECP’s Board of Boards CEO Roundtable offers a unique opportunity for learning and growth.”

For a full list of speakers, attendees, and other details, please visit:

The Roundtable is held at the New York Stock Exchange, and event attendance is limited to CECP CEOs. The Empire State Building and New York Stock Exchange will light in CECP blue this evening, recognizing the unique CEO-only convening. 


About CECP: The CEO Force for Good

CECP is a coalition of CEOs united in the belief that societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance. Founded in 1999, CECP has grown to a movement of 150 CEOs of the world’s largest companies across all industries. Revenues of engaged companies sum to $7 trillion annually. A nonprofit organization, CECP offers participating companies one-on-one consultation, networking events, comparative data, media support, and case studies on corporate engagement. For more information visit

Note to Editors: Many attending CEOs are available to do interviews on key takeaways from the meeting and their companies’ community investments; please contact Sara Adams at or 212-825-1252.