Honorees

2014
Leon G. Cooperman

Leon G. Cooperman ’67
Distinguished Leadership in Business
Chairman and CEO
Omega Advisors, Inc.

Leon G. Cooperman is the chairman and CEO of Omega Advisors, Inc., a private investment partnership he founded in 1991. Prior to establishing Omega Advisors, he spent 25 years with Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he was a partner and served as chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Apart from his legendary prowess as an investor, he is known as a devoted philanthropist.

Mr. Cooperman holds a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College and received his MBA from Columbia Business School in 1967. He and his wife, Toby, have two sons and three grandchildren.

TBA

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Distinguished Leadership in Government
Governor
The State of New York

Andrew M. Cuomo was elected the 56th Governor of the State of New York on November 2, 2010. Previously, he served as New York’s attorney general, US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, head of the New York City Commission on the Homeless, and as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan. His notable career continues to be marked by his tireless commitment to public service, justice, and government reform.

Governor Cuomo earned his bachelor of arts degree at Fordham University and received his JD from Albany Law School. He is the father of three girls.

Previous Honorees

Distinguished Leadership in Business Award

2013
Ronald O. Perelman
Chairman and CEO, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc

2012
Kenneth I. Chenault
Chairman and CEO, American Express Company

2011
William V. Campbell CC ’62, TC ’64
Chair of the Board, Intuit; Chair, Trustees of Columbia University

2010
Paolo Scaroni ’73
CEO, Eni

2009
Meg Whitman
Former President and CEO, eBay Inc.

2008
Russell L. Carson ’67
General Partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

2007
Lew Frankfort ’69
Chairman and CEO, Coach, Inc.

2006
Sidney Taurel ’71
Chairman and CEO, Eli Lilly and Company

2005
Bob Wright
Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, General Electric; Company Chairman and CEO, NBC Universal, Inc.

2003
Rochelle B. Lazarus ’70
Chairman and CEO, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide

2002
Sanford Weill
Chairman and CEO, Citigroup Inc.

2001
Jacques Nasser
President and CEO, Ford Motor Company

2000
Philip H. Geier Jr. ’58
Chairman and CEO, The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.

1999
Meyer Feldberg ’65
Dean, Columbia Business School

1998
Lionel I. Pincus ’56
Chairman and CEO, E. M. Warburg, Pincus & Co., LLC

1997
Benjamin Rosen ’61
Chairman, Compaq Computer Corporation

1996
Allen Questrom
Chairman and CEO, Federated Department Stores

1995
Robert E. Allen
Chairman and CEO, AT&T

1994
Lawrence A. Bossidy
Chairman and CEO, AlliedSignal Inc.

1993
P. Roy Vagelos MD
Chairman and CEO, Merck & Co., Inc.

1992
Robert A. Pritzker
President and CEO, The Marmon Group

1991
H. Ross Perot
Chairman, Perot Systems Corporation

1990
David J. Sainsbury ’71
Deputy Chairman, J Sainsbury plc

1989
Charles E. Exley Jr. ’54
Retired Chairman and CEO, NCR Corporation

1988
Henry R. Kravis ’69
Founding Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

1987
John L. Weinberg
Senior Partner and Chairman of the Management Committee, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

1986
Roger B. Smith
Chairman, General Motors Corporation

1985
Walter B. Wriston
Former Chairman, Citicorp/Citibank

1984
Roger E. Birk
Chairman, Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.

1983
Frank R. Lautenberg BS ’49
US Senator, The State of New Jersey;
Former Chairman, Automatic Data Processing, Inc.

1982
William E. Simon
Chairman, Wesray Corporation

1981
Thomas A. Murphy
Former Chairman, General Motors Corporation

1980
Malcolm S. Forbes
President and Editor in Chief, Forbes Magazine

1979
Charles L. Brown
Chairman, AT&T

1978
Rawleigh Warner Jr.
Chairman, Mobil Corporation

1977
Courtney C. Brown
Dean Emeritus, Columbia Business School


Lifetime Achievement Award

2010
Washington Z. SyCip MS ’43
Founder, The SGV Group

1993
P. Roy Vagelos MD
Chairman and CEO, Merck & Co., Inc.

1989
W. Edwards Deming


Tribute

2004
Meyer Feldberg ’65
Dean, Columbia Business School


Millennium Award

2000
Stephen M. Case
Chairman and CEO, America Online, Inc.

Distinguished Leadership in Government Award

2013
Erskine B. Bowles ’69
President Emeritus, The University of North Carolina

2012
Janet L. Yellen
Vice Chair of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System

2011
Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.
Governor, The State of Indiana

2010
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State, United States of America

2009
Cory A. Booker
Mayor, The City of Newark

2008
Ben S. Bernanke
Chairman of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System

2007
Joel I. Klein
Chancellor, New York City Department of Education

2006
Robert B. Zoellick
Deputy Secretary of State, United States of America

2005
Frank R. Lautenberg BS ’49
US Senator, The State of New Jersey

2003
John Whitehead
Chairman, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation

2002
Joseph E. Stiglitz
Professor, Columbia Business School; 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics; Former Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers; Former Chief Economist, World Bank

2001
Rudolph W. Giuliani
Mayor, The City of New York

2000
Lawrence H. Summers
Secretary of the Treasury, United States of America

1999
Charles Schumer
US Senator, The State of New York

1998
William J. McDonough
President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

1997
George E. Pataki
Governor, The State of New York

1996
Robert E. Rubin
Secretary of the Treasury, United States of America

1995
Christine Todd Whitman
Governor, The State of New Jersey

1994
Sam Nunn
US Senator, The State of Georgia

1993
Richard B. Cheney
Former Secretary of Defense, United States of America

1992
L. William Seidman
Former Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

1991
Alan C. Greenspan
Chairman of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System

1990
Richard G. Darman
Director, Office of Management and Budget

1989
E. Gerald Corrigan
President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

1988
Thomas H. Kean
Governor, The State of New Jersey

1987
Robert J. Dole
US Senator, The State of Kansas

1986
Paul A. Volcker
Chairman of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System

1985
Mario M. Cuomo
Governor, The State of New York

1984
Edward I. Koch
Mayor, The City of New York

1983
Alden W. Clausen
President, World Bank

1982
Drew Lewis
Secretary of Transportation, United States of America

1981
George H. W. Bush
Vice President, United States of America

1980
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
US Senator, The State of New York

1979
G. William Miller
Chairman of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System

1978
Robert S. Strauss
President’s Special Ambassador for Trade Negotiations, United States of America

1977
Arthur F. Burns
Former Chairman of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System; Professor Emeritus, Columbia University