NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), a non-profit U.S. business association dedicated to forging relationships and promoting dialogue between the business and government communities around the world, today announced the recipients of its annual Dwight D. Eisenhower Global Awards. Masami Iijima Chairman of Mitsui & Co. Ltd, Global Leadership Award honoree and Marillyn A. Hewson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation, recipient of the Global Innovation Award, will accept the honors at the BCIU Eisenhower Awards Gala on December 8th in New York City.
Held annually, BCIU's Gala brings together a community of distinguished leaders in international business, the arts and media, with senior government officials, ambassadors and diplomats from throughout the world to celebrate the awards, modeled after President Eisenhower's global view of commercial diplomacy.
Since 2003, BCIU's Eisenhower Awards has recognized corporate leaders whose management and direction have driven revolutionary advancement across the world. As the visionary chairman of Mitsui, Mr. Iijima, is driving the transformation of Mitsui & Co. that continues to thrive in today's global economy. He joins a prestigious roster of past honorees including Klaus Kleinfeld (2014) and Ratan Tata (2013), Carlos Slim (2012), and Sergio Marchionne (2011). Similarly, Ms. Hewson, the awards' first woman honoree, receives the Global Innovation Award for her tremendous success as CEO of Lockheed Martin, leading the company's cutting-edge work in the research, development and commercialization of the world's most sophisticated technological systems.
"BCIU is honored to have presented the 2015 Eisenhower Awards, named for our founder, to such distinguished recipients. Mr. Iijima and Ms. Hewson are most deserving this recognition for their exceptional careers as transformational leaders and outstanding contributions to global commerce," said Peter Tichansky, President and CEO of BCIU.
Established at President Eisenhower's initiative at the White House on November 10, 1955, the Business Council for International Understanding is a global business association whose membership includes many of the world's leading corporations in all major industries. BCIU promotes international understanding by organizing briefings and off-the-record discussions between senior executives and government officials on issues of common concern, by facilitating public-private partnerships in the global marketplace, and by assisting stakeholders with problem-solving in turbulent situations and markets.
SOURCE Business Council for International Understanding