Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson Accepts Distinguished Korea Society Van Fleet Award

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Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson accepts the distinguished Van Fleet award from Korea Society President, Ambassador Mark C. Minton, and delivers keynote address at The Korea Society Annual Dinner in New York City.    

Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson accepted the distinguished Van Fleet award and delivered the keynote address at The Korea Society Annual Dinner in New York City on May 6.  

The Annual Dinner is The Korea Society’s premier event of the year celebrating the strength and breadth of the U.S.-Korea relationship and honoring individuals who help keep the alliance robust and mutually beneficial. The event brings together a distinguished group of approximately 600 individuals, including leaders from the international business, policy, media and university communities.     

The Van Fleet award is presented to a distinguished Korean and American who have made significant contributions to the U.S.-Korea relationship. Hewson accepted the award as the American recipient and Yongmaan Park, Chairman and CEO of the Doosan Group, was the other award winner this year. Previous awardees have included Chairman Lee Kun-hee of Samsung Electronics Co.; Robert H. Benmoche, President and CEO of American International Group, Inc.; Secretary of States Henry A. Kissinger and Colin Powell; former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Kim Dae-jung; and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 

Hewson’s remarks at the dinner conveyed the significance of The Korea Society’s role in promoting greater awareness, understanding and cooperation between the people of the United States and Korea, and the strong alliance between the United States and The Republic of Korea through military, technology, education and economic investments and innovations.  

“We have decades of partnership to build on and unlimited possibilities in front of us… Today, Korean innovation is helping enlighten the world. And I am convinced that, working together, we can accelerate more breakthrough innovations and make the 21st century a time of hope, progress and prosperity.” 

Hewson also conveyed three accelerators that will continue the shared progress of the two nations – education, cooperation and investment – and help to “shape a future even prouder than our past.” 

Highlighting the Republic of Korea’s recent decision to move forward with the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, the new RoKST&R (Republic of Korea Science, Technology and Research) program, a fund to promote aerospace R&D in Korean Universities, and the agreement to upgrade Korea’s air traffic management system, Hewson expressed Lockheed Martin’s commitment “to continue helping Korea develop its technological capabilities.” 

To read the transcript of Hewson’s speech at The Korea Society Annual Dinner

May 16, 2014