The American Cancer Society has named Warner Baxter, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Ameren Missouri, the 2012 National CEO of the Year for his outstanding support of the Society’s mission to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
The honor is given to a chief executive officer who has engaged with the Society through personal commitments of time, talent or financial support, while facilitating the involvement of their employees, members and/or customers in support of the Society’s mission. Baxter was presented with the CEO of the Year award during a November session at the American Cancer Society’s Nationwide Volunteer and Staff Leadership Summit held in Atlanta, Ga.
“Warner Baxter shares the commitment of the American Cancer Society to help people stay well and get well, to find cures for cancer and to fight back,” says John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. “Mr. Baxter continues to give back because he understands the importance of cancer prevention among his workforce and community - and he knows we have to take action to avoid a tsunami of unnecessary disease and suffering.”
Baxter founded the St. Louis chapter of the American Cancer Society CEOs Against Cancer program in 2011 and helped to recruit other executives in his area. He has also begun to leverage his involvement with Coaches vs. Cancer - a nationwide program empowering athletic coaches, their teams, fans and communities to raise awareness.