Steve Rendle is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer at VF Corporation. He has more than 35 years of experience in the specialty outdoor and action sports industry, more than half of which have been with VF. Steve was appointed CEO in January 2017 and then Chairman of VF's Board of Directors in October 2017.
Sanda OjiamboCEO & Executive DirectorUN Global Compact
Sanda Ojiambo is the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact. Launched in July 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is the Secretary‑General’s strategic policy and advocacy initiative calling for the alignment of business operations and strategies with 10 universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. It also motivates companies to integrate the SDGs into their core business strategies and operations.
With more than 10,000 corporate participants and other stakeholders from over 160 countries engaged through 68 country networks, the Compact is the largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative in the world. Endorsed by chief executive officers, it is a practical framework for the development, implementation and disclosure of sustainability policies and practices, committing businesses to sustainability and shared responsibility for achieving a better world.
Ms. Ojiambo, brings 20 years of experience to lead the UN Global Compact. She has served as Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact, Safaricom Plc, Kenya since 2010. Ms. Ojiambo was also the Senior Manager of Safaricom and MPESA Foundations, Kenya from 2008 to 2010, during which she led the implementation of several public-private partnership initiatives between Safaricom and UN organizations.
Throughout her career, she has cultivated and managed relationships with key business entities and civil society organizations, including her capacity development work in Somalia with UNDP and CARE International.
Ms. Ojiambo holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, USA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Development from McGill University, Canada.
Mark S. Hoplamazian was appointed to Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s board of directors in November 2006 and subsequently named president and chief executive officer in December 2006. Prior to his present position, Hoplamazian served as president of The Pritzker Organization (TPO), the principal financial and investment adviser for Pritzker family business interests. During his 17-year tenure with TPO, he served as adviser to various Pritzker family-owned companies, including Hyatt Hotels Corporation and its predecessors. He previously worked in international mergers and acquisitions at The First Boston Corporation in New York. In January 2020, Hoplamazian assumed the role of vice chair of the board of Brand USA. Hoplamazian was also named vice chair of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) board of directors in 2020. He serves on the VF Corporation board of directors, the advisory board of the Chicago Booth Council for the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the executive committee of the board of directors of World Business Chicago, and the board of trustees of the Aspen Institute and the Latin School of Chicago. Hoplamazian is a member of the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Commercial Club of Chicago. He is a member of the Discovery Class of the Henry Crown Fellowship.
Rich Kramer is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He became CEO in 2010 and was elected Chairman by Goodyear’s Board of Directors later the same year.
His accomplishments as CEO include developing the company’s strategy to build long-term value; driving a turnaround at Goodyear that has led to sustained profitability; and creating a sustained focus on winning with customers and consumers.
Kramer’s appointment as CEO culminated a steady rise through the company in a series of key leadership roles over the course of a decade. After joining Goodyear in 2000 as vice president of corporate finance, he served as vice president of finance for the company’s North America business from 2002 to 2003.
As executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2004 to 2007, Kramer led the successful effort to restructure Goodyear’s debt and improve the company’s capital structure.
He was named president of Goodyear North America in 2007 and guided the company’s largest business through the global recession and positioned it for sustained profitability in the years that followed. In 2009, Kramer assumed additional responsibility as Chief Operating Officer prior to his appointment as CEO the following year.
Since Kramer assumed the CEO role, Goodyear has delivered the five highest annual segment operating income marks in the company’s history. Under Kramer’s leadership, Goodyear has been among the World’s Most Admired Companies in Fortune Magazine’s annual rankings. In 2014 and 2015, Goodyear was the world’s Most Admired Company in the motor vehicle parts industry and in 2017 was the world’s Most Admired tire maker for the fifth straight year. During Kramer’s CEO tenure, Goodyear also has been named one of America’s most reputable companies and a top company for leaders.
Before joining Goodyear, Kramer was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he spent 13 years including a three-year assignment based in France, overseeing the firm’s European offices.
Born in Cleveland, Kramer attended John Carroll University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1986. He remains active as a JCU alumnus and served on the school’s Board of Trustees, 2007-2019. Kramer is an Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Manufacturers, the largest manufacturing association in the United States. He also is deeply engaged in community leadership roles with the Akron Regional Chamber of Commerce and Akron Tomorrow. Currently, Kramer is on the board of directors for the Cleveland Clinic and The Sherwin-Williams Company and is a member of The Business Council.
Anne Fink is president, Global Foodservice for PepsiCo, a global food and beverage leader with products that are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $67 billion in net revenue in 2019, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.
Fink assumed her current role in 2016. She leads Sales, Marketing, Strategy and Operations for PepsiCo’s North American and Global Foodservice business, which include restaurants, hotels, business & industry, colleges & universities, and sports & entertainment channels. She brings to the role a keen focus on delivering foodservice growth fueled by a broad and balanced food and beverage portfolio, insight-driven innovation, leading-edge marketing programs as well as best-in-class customer service.
Fink previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for PepsiCo North America Foodservice. In this role, she strengthened customer partnerships and accelerated growth while leading all sales and operations for the Pepsi-Cola, Gatorade, Tropicana, Frito-Lay and Quaker portfolios. Previously, Anne was Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for PepsiCo Sales, leading strategic customer management for all retail channels in the U.S. She also led the company’s Global Sales Leadership Council.
Since joining PepsiCo, Fink has served in diverse leadership roles, developing broad business and general management expertise spanning foodservice, retail, e-commerce, strategic customer management, marketing, operations, franchise management and business development. An executive known for talent and leadership development, Fink is an executive sponsor for Pinnacle, PepsiCo’s women’s leadership program. Fink began her career at The E&J Gallo Winery.
Fink earned her B.A. in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross, where she served as a member of the Board of Trustees. Anne also serves on the Board of Directors for Dick’s Sporting Goods. She is a board member of The Culinary Institute of America and the National Restaurant Association.
Fink is based in White Plains, N.Y.
Elliott HarrisAssistant Secretary-General For Economic Development, Chief EconomistUN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 13 March 2018 the appointment of Elliott Harris of Trinidad and Tobago as Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).
Since 2015, Mr. Harris has served as Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He joined UNEP’s Senior Management Team in 2013 as Director of the New York Office and Secretary to the Environment Management Group.
Prior to joining UNEP, Mr. Harris began his career in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1988, where he worked in the African Department and the Fiscal Affairs Department. In 2002 he became an Adviser in the Policy Development and Review Department, and was appointed in 2008 as Special Representative to the United Nations, in addition to serving as Assistant Director of the Strategy and Policy Review Department.
Mr. Harris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in German and political science and an advanced degree in economics. He was awarded an Advanced Studies Certificate in international economics and policy research from the Institute of World Economics in Kiel, Germany.
Jeff Simmons serves as president and chief executive officer of Elanco Animal Health. As a global leader with a 66-year track record of growth, Elanco provides comprehensive products and knowledge services to improve animal health, welfare and food animal production with 200 brands in 90 countries.
Jeff is a purpose-driven leader with nearly 30 years of experience delivering business results, engaging employees and developing the next generation of leaders. Jeff has directed the company’s transformation to a premier global player with a balanced and diversified business, having completed 13 acquisitions and built five new businesses, including a $1 billion companion animal business, and a leading aquaculture business. In 2018, Jeff navigated the company’s separation from Eli Lilly and Company, culminating with Elanco’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange as an independent public company solely dedicated to animal health. Most recently, he has orchestrated the company’s acquisition of companion animal start-up Aratana and the acquisition of Bayer Animal Health.
During his time with the company, Jeff has gained perspective on food and companionship that sparked a deep conviction for the power of healthy animals, and created a vision for Elanco centered on Food and Companionship Enriching Life
Healthier animals are the key to solving some of the world’s most pressing issues, such as food security and nutrition, human health and well-being, and environmental sustainability. Animals are the x-factor the world has been looking for – the game-changing variable that will unlock solutions to these seemingly disconnected issues of physical, mental and environmental health.
Jeff brings his passions for food security and enabling leaders to life daily through his pursuits with HATCH for Hunger™ and Edge Mentoring. As the co-founder of HATCH, Jeff and the team have created a unique model to sustainably deliver eggs to food banks across the country. Jeff also founded Edge Mentoring, one of the fastest-growing mentorship organizations in the country, designed to equip and accelerate whole-life excellence in leaders.
Simmons has also held a number of leadership positions, including serving as a former board member and chairman of the compensation committee for Chiquita Brands. He has completed terms as president of the Health for Animals, chairman of the FFA Foundation Board and as a board member of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.
Charlene Lake is responsible for leading AT&T’s social innovation, environmental, philanthropic and civic engagement endeavors, driving stakeholder impact measures on behalf of the corporation, and coordinating signature initiatives that connect social needs with business objectives.
Charlene began her professional life as a journalist, working on daily newspapers in Kansas. She started her career at Southwestern Bell Telephone in Topeka, and served in management roles in Financial Communications, Media Relations and Employee Communications in Kansas, Missouri and Texas. She went on to lead SBC’s Corporate Advertising and Sports Marketing departments, managing them through multiple mergers, and thereafter created a Public Affairs discipline for the company. In 2007, she designed and launched AT&T’s centralized Corporate Responsibility function which she still leads today.
Charlene serves as vice chair of National Urban League board of trustees, chair of the National Points of Life Institute Corporate Service Council, and chair of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas board of directors. She also serves on the board of directors at the Baylor, Scott and White Health Care System and executive board of the National Public Affairs Council.
Charlene was honored as a recipient of NUL’s Women of Power Award and by the Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference as one of the most powerful and influential women leaders in the state. She received the Distinguished Woman Award and honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Northwood University, was recognized as Advertising Person of the year by the Ad Club of New York and received the Iron Jawed Angel Award from the Luger Excellence in Public Service Series in Washington, D.C.
A mass communication graduate of Kansas State University, Charlene serves on the Advisory Council at KSU’s A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and is on the board of directors of the Kansas State University Foundation. Charlene and her husband, Rod, have two grown children and live in Dallas.
Jeffrey SachsDirector of the Center for Sustainable DevelopmentColumbia University
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he directed the Earth Institute from 2002 until 2016. He is also Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development. He has been advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General, and currently serves as an SDG Advocate under Secretary-General António Guterres. He spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, where he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. He has authored numerous bestseller books. His most recent book is Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions (2020). Sachs was twice named as Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders, and was ranked by The Economist among the top three most influential living economists.
Marie Trzupek LynchPresident & CEOSkills for Chicagoland's Future
Marie Trzupek Lynch, a passionate leader for advancing economic mobility for Chicagoland residents, is the founding President and CEO of Skills for Chicagoland’s Future. Skills, a nonprofit, creates demand-driven solutions for employers to get unemployed and underemployed Chicagoland residents back to work. Currently, Marie is aggressively working with her leadership team on scaling Skills’ work and impact locally, and has a continued focus on the national replication of Skills including the successful launch of Skills for Rhode Island’s Future in the fall of 2016. Marie was a member of Mayor Lightfoot’s Business, Economic, and Neighborhood Development Transition Committee, and also supported Gov. Pritzker’s transition into office as a member of the Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Transition Committee.
Previously, Marie launched and served as founding president of Chicago Career Tech, a career retraining initiative for unemployed emerging- and middle-income Chicagoans. She also spent eight years working for the YMCA in the roles of Executive Vice President of Human Services and Housing for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, as well as the Director of Operations for Y-USA. Prior to this, Marie worked at Deloitte in the consulting practice, and in the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office.
Marie also served on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) for the U.S. Commerce Department. Marie was a co-chair for NACIE 2.0, and an active member of NACIE 3.0 through June 2017. Marie was named a 2019 Woman of Influence by the Chicago Business Journal. Marie is also a mentor for the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, a board member of Chicago Run, and a middle school cross country coach. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, where she was awarded the 2018 LAS Alumni Humanitarian Award, and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago.
Jeffrey HollenderCEO & Chief Inspired ProtagnistAmerican Sustainable Business Council