AccountAbility CEO, Sunny Misser, honored as the 2017 Distinguished Alumni for Excellence in Industry by Lehigh University

AccountAbility CEO, Sunil (Sunny) Misser, was honored as the 2017 Distinguished Alumni for Excellence in Industry by Lehigh University. Mr. Misser was invited to deliver the keynote public lecture, Responsible Business – Rebuilding Trust and Creating Value, on Thursday, April 20, 2017 as part of the Lehigh Industrial and System Engineering’s annual Spencer C. Schantz Distinguished Lecture Series.

Over the last few decades, there has been a steady erosion of public trust in government and business institutions. In recent years, some of the biggest names in business have faced criticism, fines and, in some cases, even worse. While public trust in governments and business is weak, there is an even greater “trust gap” in the leadership of these institutions.

Mr. Misser’s lecture delved into the basic question facing us is – how do we restore trust and develop business that creates value? The address focused on the growing “trust gap” in the leadership of government and business institutions and provided insight on how responsible businesses can rebuild trust and create value for their stakeholders.

The challenge in restoring trust and creating value in business is often not the lack of will or discipline or even effort – but, rather, it is the “how”. In this dialog, there was a discussion of some of the “how”.

Dr. Tamás Terlaky, Chairman of ISE & George N. and Soteria Kledara ’87 Endowed Chair Professor, said, “Lehigh has a loyal and engaged alumni network, comprised of leaders, and we are proud of Sunny’s accomplishments, his enduring commitment to Lehigh and, especially, his impact on advancing the field of responsible business.”

Prior to joining AccountAbility, Mr. Misser was Global Managing Partner of the Sustainability Advisory Business at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Before that, he was Global Strategy Leader for PwC’s Assurance and Business Advisory Services — the firm’s accounting, risk management, and consulting operation. He also served as the New York Metro leader for the Governance, Risk and Compliance practice.

In addition to the M.S. in Industrial Engineering Mr. Misser earned at Lehigh University, he holds an M.S. in Management from the MIT/Sloan School of Management with a concentration in International Business and Technology, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from M.S. University. Mr. Misser is a strategic advisor to CEOs and senior executives at Fortune 500 companies and governments.