Lexington man named one of 2014 Young Global Leaders

Nate Morris is CEO and co-founder of Rubicon Global, a waste and recycling firm.
Nate Morris is CEO and co-founder of Rubicon Global, a waste and recycling firm.

A Lexington businessman has been named to a prestigious group of socially conscious international leaders.

Nate Morris, CEO and co-founder of Rubicon Global, a provider of sustainable waste and recycling solutions, is among about 200 people from 70 countries named to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders class of 2014.

The forum, a nonprofit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, describes itself as “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”

Its Young Global Leaders program includes people from business, arts and culture, academia, media, politics and other sectors. Members, all of whom are younger than 40, are selected annually by a committee.

Last year’s class included Chelsea Clinton,   CEO Tony Hsieh, statistician and writer Nate Silver, and NAACP president and CEO Ben Jealous.

According to a statement from Rubicon Global, Morris is the first Kentuckian to receive the honor.

Founded in Kentucky, Rubicon Global uses Big Data to provide waste and recycling services that deliver sustainable solutions at more than 50,000 locations, according to a statement from the company.

A Kentucky native, Morris is also the founder and chairman of Lexington-based Morris Industries, a privately held industrial group focused on long-term holdings.

“I am honored and humbled ,” Morris said in a statement. “I hope I can use the unique YGL platform to expand the commonwealth’s impact and influence on a global stage, so doors can be opened for more Kentuckians.”

Morris serves on several boards and in 2007 was named Outstanding Young Kentuckian by the Kentucky Junior Chamber of Commerce and honored as one of the 2013 Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce.