American Beverage Association chief executive Neely honoured

Chief executive of the American Beverage Association (ABA) Susan Neely has been named as trade association ‘CEO of the Year’ by CEO Update as part of its Leadership Awards programme designed as a best practice spotlight on chief executives and lobbyists.

Neely will receive the award at a luncheon to be held on 21 September at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington DC.

“I am honoured to be among the leaders who have received this recognition from CEO Update,” Neely said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to represent this industry and am inspired by their leadership when it comes to taking on big challenges and putting forward bold solutions. America’s beverage companies are willing to innovate and take risks so that they can continue to lead on important issues that impact our nation.”

“I am also grateful for my work with my peers within the Association community. Together, we are continuing to ensure associations are a recognized and appreciated component of our communities and nation.”

A panel of independent experts chose Neely for the honour after she was nominated.

Neely has served as the ABA’s president and chief executive since 2005. The association is the leading policy and public education advocate for the non-alcoholic beverage industry which employs more than 240,000 people in the US with a direct economic impact of US$169 billion.