2015 rank: 27
2014 rank: 6
By Kim Hunter, president and CEO, Lagrant Communications
Few have made an impact on their organization the way Barry Caldwell has, which was recognized last September when the Fortune 200 company added chief legal officer to his existing responsibilities for corporate affairs and communications.
At Waste Management, Barry has primary oversight of legal, corporate secretary, state and federal policy, corporate comms and community relations, real estate, security, and aviation.
In addition to overseeing all communications for the company, Barry also serves as a board trustee of the premier association for senior PR and communications executives, the Arthur W. Page Society.
As someone who fully grasps the saying "think global, act local," Barry also serves on the boards of numerous organizations focused on bettering the environment, including the Discovery Green Conservancy, National Waste & Recycling Association, National Association of Manufacturers, and Keep America Beautiful.
Moreover, he still finds time to give back to ethnic minorities interested in pursuing a career in advertising, marketing, and PR by regularly donating to The Lagrant Foundation.