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Grateful for CEOs who improved Oklahoma City

Published: March 29, 2013

Regarding “Will Chesapeake, SandRidge curtail community activity?” (Business, March 24): Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President Roy Williams nailed it when he said corporate CEOs have the most influence on community involvement. Without the leadership and determination of Chesapeake Energy Corp. CEO Aubrey McClendon and SandRidge CEO Tom Ward, Oklahoma City wouldn't have the “wow” factor it's achieved in recent years. These men have been a huge part in the renaissance of our city. They've been major players in developing not just stunning buildings and beautiful grounds, but they've helped improve our quality of life immeasurably.

As to the importance of a CEO in community involvement, I can attest to that. As community relations director of Kerr-McGee for many years, I was privileged to work with Dean A. McGee and Frank McPherson, whose good works will live on in Oklahoma City for years to come. While corporate boards obviously have an interest in their companies' community involvement, it's the top executives who carry the banner. My thanks to McGee, McPherson, McClendon, Ward and all the other dedicated CEOs for carrying the banner in Oklahoma City.

Bill Phillips, Oklahoma City


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