Washington DC – The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) announced today that Michael Jordan, Chairman and CEO of EDS, is the recipient of its prestigious 2005 World Trade Award. He will receive the Award on December 2, 2005, at the NFTC’s Annual World Trade Dinner and Award Ceremony in New York City.
“Michael Jordan has been an important voice advocating the benefits of expanded trade both as a business leader and as Chairman of the NFTC. His strong leadership has been a significant asset to NFTC as we’ve worked to advance a more open, rules-based international trading system,” said Bill Reinsch, NFTC President. “We are extremely grateful to him for his service as NFTC Chairman, and are delighted to add his name to the list of distinguished recipients of the World Trade Award.”
By accepting NFTC’s World Trade Award, Jordan carries on a tradition that dates from 1937. The award has a history of recognizing recipients who are respected in the community for building consensus and promoting the benefits of open trade and investment and on the basis of proven lifetime leadership in advancing global commerce.
Jordan joined EDS as Chairman and CEO in March 2003 and has helped reestablish the company as a leader in the global information technology and business process outsourcing services market. He is the retired Chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation (formerly Westinghouse Electric Corporation), which he led through one of the most comprehensive transformations of a major U.S. corporation in history. Before joining Westinghouse, Jordan was a partner with Clayton, Dubilier and Rice, one of the oldest and most respected private investment firms in the world. Before that, he spent 18 years with PepsiCo, Inc.
In addition to serving as Chairman of NFTC, Jordan is a trustee of The Brookings Institution; a member and former chairman of the U.S.-Japan Business Council; a member and former chairman of the United Negro College Fund; a member of The Business Council; a member of the board of trustees of the United States Council for International Business; a member of the Business Roundtable; and a director of Viventures, the former investment fund of Vivendi. He also serves on the boards of Aetna Inc. and several smaller, privately held companies.