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The Globe and Mail's Report on Business magazine has named Canadian Pacific President and CEO Keith Creel its 2021 Strategist of the Year award winner. He also was chosen as the magazine's CEO of the year.
The magazine bestows awards each year to five CEOs who have materially changed and improved the strategic position of his or her organization. The other four annual awards are the new CEO of the year, corporate citizen of the year, global visionary of the year and innovator of the year. The magazine then chooses one CEO of the year from among the five honorees.
Creel became CP's president and CEO in January 2017 and joined the Class I’s board in May 2015. He is the 17th person to lead the company since its founding in 1881. Creel previously was appointed president and chief operating officer in February 2013.
"It is my honor to accept this award on behalf of the entire CP family of railroaders. Leading the dedicated people who make this iconic company run safely and efficiently is one of the great privileges of my life," said Creel in a press release.
Prior to joining CP, Creel served CN as executive vice president and COO. His previous positions at CN include executive vice president of operations, senior VP of the Eastern Region and Western Region, and VP of the Prairie Division. Creel began his railroading career at Burlington Northern Railway in 1992 as an intermodal ramp manager in Birmingham, Alabama.
"Keith is a focused, extraordinary leader with unwavering determination. We are proud to have him leading our iconic Canadian company," said CP Chair Isabelle Courville.