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Leading the transformation

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In February 2008, Imperial Sugar Company experienced an explosion at its refinery in Port Wentworth, Ga. The accident, which killed 14 workers and injured dozens of others, shuttered the major refinery for more than a year and rocked stakeholders’ confidence in the company. Three years later, the company has transformed itself, largely due to the leadership of CEO John Sheptor.

EL: You’ve led your organization through an unprecedented transformation. You’ve not only ramped business back up, but you’ve expanded into new products and set new standards for safety within your industry. What leadership strategies made you and your leadership team successful?

Sheptor: For one thing, I made myself present within the workforce. A crisis is not a time to lead from the front office. My team and I were presenting a case for change and a vision. The best way for me to help employees align was to be in their midst, speaking to them and d...(register to read more)

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