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2007 Annual Dinner

Corporate leadership in public policy was the theme of the 2007 CED Distinguished Performance Awards Dinner, held May 22nd in New York City. Four business leaders who take an active role in shaping public policy were recognized for their work.

The Distinguished Awards Dinner is the highlight of CED's Annual Meetings, held each May at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Each 2007 awardee has made important contributions to the strength of CED's international and domestic programs.

CED President Charles Kolb said in his welcoming remarks, "The past year has been an extremely good year for CED. Our finances are strong; our policy agenda is full; and we were highly visible around the country and in the media. We took CED on the road - more than we ever have before - with 32 events in 14 cities, plus several events in New York and Washington."

"Our policy program includes health care reform, early education, corporate governance, global imbalances, international studies and foreign languages, and "Making Washington Work.'"

People often ask how CED differs from other public policy and business organizations. Aside from the fact that we rarely lobby, CED's work is characterized by the active engagement of senior leaders in the American business and academic communities who focus on issues that benefit the country and not just corporate profits. This year's dinner theme of "business engagement in public policy" has characterized CED's work going back to the Marshall Plan in the late 1940s, right up to today's work on money and politics, education, trade, health care reform, and the nation's overall fiscal health.

More than 300 people attended the Awards Dinner.

2007 Award Recipients

Samuel Palmisano
Chairman, President and CEO
IBM Corporation

Bobby Shriver

James Press
Toyota Motor North America

Ian Davis
Worldwide Managing Director
McKinsey & Company