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The Honorable José Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD & Ambassador Robert Zoellick
2017 Bill Frenzel Champion of Free Trade Award Recipients
April 19, 2017
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
As Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 2006, Angel Gurría has firmly established the Organisation as a pillar of the global economic governance architecture including the G7, G20 and APEC, and a reference point in the design and implementation of better policies for better lives. He has broadened OECD’s membership with the accession of Chile, Estonia, Israel, Latvia and Slovenia, and has made the Organisation more inclusive by strengthening its links with key emerging economies. Under his watch, the OECD is leading the effort to reform the international tax system, and to improve governance frameworks in anti-corruption and other fields.
He has also heralded a new growth narrative that promotes the well-being of people, including women, gender and youth, and has scaled up the OECD contribution to the global agenda, including the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Robert B. Zoellick was the President of the World Bank Group from 2007-12, U.S. Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005, and Deputy Secretary of State from 2005 to 2006. From 1985 to 1993, Zoellick served as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury and Under Secretary of State, as well as the White House Deputy Chief of Staff.
Zoellick is now a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He serves on the boards of Temasek, Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, and Laureate International Universities, as well as on the international advisory board of Rolls Royce. He also is a member of the board of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, chairs the Global Tiger Initiative, and is a member of the Global Leadership Council of Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian agency.
Bob is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, the Department of State’s highest honor, the Alexander Hamilton Award of the Department of the Treasury, and the Medal for Distinguished Public Service of the Department of Defense. The German government awarded him the Knight Commanders Cross for his achievements in the course of German unification. The Mexican and Chilean governments awarded him their highest honors for non-citizens, the Aztec Eagle and the Order of Merit, for recognition of his work on free trade, development, and the environment.
Zoellick holds a J.D. magna cum laude from the Harvard Law School, a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor's degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from Swarthmore College.
Dr. John H. Noseworthy, President & CEO
March 22, 2017
President & CEO
Dr. John H. Noseworthy is president and chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit organization operating in five states that is dedicated to medical care, research and education. Every year, more than a million people from all 50 states and nearly 150 countries come to Mayo Clinic for care.
Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Noseworthy served as chair of Mayo Clinic’s Department of Neurology, medical director of the Department of Development, and vice chair of the Mayo Clinic Rochester Executive Board.
During his tenure as CEO, Dr. Noseworthy and his leadership team have implemented a plan to ensure that Mayo Clinic remains a trusted resource for patients amid a rapidly changing health care environment – extending Mayo’s mission to new populations, providing care through more efficient delivery models, and increasing the personalization and immediacy of health care for all people. Examples of new initiatives include a proton beam cancer therapy program with two treatment centers – one in Phoenix and one in Rochester, Minn. – and development of a Mayo Clinic-affiliate network of high-quality medical practices throughout the country.
Dr. Noseworthy is a professor in the Department of Neurology. He specialized in multiple sclerosis and spent more than two decades designing and conducting controlled clinical trials with generous support from the Medical Research Council of Canada, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (USA) and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Noseworthy also is the author of more than 150 research papers, chapters, editorials and several books, including the three-volume textbook Neurological Therapeutics: Principles and Practice now in its second edition. He also served as editor-in-chief for Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Born in Melrose, Mass., Dr. Noseworthy received the M.D. degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He completed his neurology training at Dalhousie University and the University of Western Ontario, and a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He joined Mayo Clinic in 1990. He has received the Alumnus of the Year award from Dalhousie University (2005), an honorary doctorate of science degree from the University of Western Ontario (2012), an honorary doctorate of laws from Dalhousie University (2015). Dr. Noseworthy was named an Officer of the Order of the Orange-Nassau (2015) and received the Research!America, Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award (2016). He is a Health Governor of the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Noseworthy and his wife, Patricia, have two sons, Peter and Mark.
Richard Anderson, Retired Executive Chairman
Delta Air Lines
February 13, 2017
Retired Executive Chairman
Delta Air Lines
Richard H. Anderson served as Executive Chairman of the Delta Air Lines, Inc. Board of Directors until October 11, 2016. Richard previously served nine years as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Delta. Under Richard’s leadership, Delta emerged from bankruptcy and became the most profitable, investment grade airline in the world.
Anderson also served as Chief Operating Officer of Northwest Airlines, Inc. from 1998 to 2001 and from 2001 to 2004, as Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to joining Delta, Anderson was President of UnitedHealth Group Commercial Markets. He also serves as a director of Cargill Inc. and Medtronic Inc.
A native of Galveston, Texas, Richard holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston at Clear Lake City and a Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law.
He and his wife, Susan, live in Houston, Texas.
Richard Davis, Chairman & CEO
January 25, 2017
Chairman & CEO
Richard Davis is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, headquartered in Minneapolis, with more than $438 billion in total assets and businesses across the United States, Canada and Europe.
Davis has been an influencing force in the banking industry for 38 years. He began his banking career as a teller at age 18. In 2006, he became CEO of U.S. Bancorp after serving in several senior executive roles with the organization and its predecessors since 1993.
U.S. Bank has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a World’s Most Ethical Company in 2015 and 2016. Davis was also named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by the Ethisphere Institute in 2015.
His leadership and prudent approach to financial management has garnered national and international praise for U.S. Bancorp. Davis’ enthusiasm for his industry is equally prevalent in his many civic and philanthropic commitments. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from California State University at Fullerton. He is married and the father of three adult children and has four grandchildren.
Senior Economic Advisor, President-Elect Trump
December 16, 2016
Senior Economic Advisor, Trump Campaign
Senior Economic Contributor, FreedomWorks
Stephen Moore, who formerly wrote on the economy and public policy for The Wall Street Journal, is the senior economic contributor for FreedomWorks. He is also a Fox News Contributor. Stephen previously served as president of the Club for Growth and chief economist of the Heritage Foundation. He served as a senior economic advisor to President-elect Trump’s campaign this year.
Moore’s early career was shaped by three people who had a profound influence on him: Julian Simon, the late Cato Institute scholar; Edwin J. Feulner, a co-founder of Heritage; and Art Laffer, the economist best known for the Laffer curve.
Moore calls his creation of the Club for Growth the defining moment of his career. The organization, which he left in 2004, helps elect conservative members of Congress. Moore next founded the Free Enterprise Fund before joining The Wall Street Journal. As senior economics writer for the newspaper’s editorial board, he covered Washington policy debates and state issues.
Moore, who grew up in New Trier Township, Ill., received a bachelor of arts degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds a master of arts in economics from George Mason University.
Amy Walter, National Editor
The Cook Political Report
December 1, 2016
The Cook Political Report
Amy Walter is the National Editor of The Cook Political Report where she provides analysis of the issues, trends and events that shape the political environment. Her weekly column appears at CookPolitical.com.
Over the past 14 years, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is the former political director of ABC News. She is also an exclusive panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press and a regular panelist on PBS’ Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier. She provides political analysis every Monday evening for the PBS NewsHour.
This is Amy’s second tour of duty with The Cook Political Report. From 1997 to 2007, she served as Senior Editor where she covered the U.S. House. Walter was named one of DC's "50 Top Journalists" by Washingtonian Magazine in 2009 and honored with the Washington Post's Crystal Ball award for her spot-on election predictions in 2000. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Colby College where she graduated summa cum laude
Congressman Kevin Brady, Chairman
of House Ways & Means Committee
October 14, 2016
House Ways & Means Committee
Congressman Kevin Brady is Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee - - considered by many to be the most powerful committee in Congress with jurisdiction over taxes, health care, Social Security, Medicare, international trade and welfare. Rep. Brady will be leading the efforts to pass comprehensive tax reform and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement this fall.
Prior to become Chairman, Rep. Brady was the leader of the Trade Subcommittee and led the successful effort to pass new trade agreements with Panama, South Korea and Colombia. He also served as the White House point man on the successful passage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. On the Social Security Subcommittee, he fought to preserve this important program for future generations once and for all.
Rep. Brady has long been a leader on important economic issues. He previously served as Chairman of the influential Health Subcommittee for the House Ways and Means Committee, where he focused on ensuring a strong, free market in the nation’s health care. He also served as the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee.
Prior to his election to Congress, Kevin worked as a chamber of commerce executive for 18 years and served six years in the Texas House of Representatives, where he was named one of the Ten Best Legislators for Families & Children. In 1994 he was named one of Five Outstanding Young Texans.
Rep. Brady lives in Montgomery County with his wife Cathy and his two sons Will (17) and Sean (14). Kevin is an original Hometown Hero of The Woodlands, a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary and a Distinguished Alumni of the University of South Dakota. He and his family attend Saints Simons and Jude Catholic Church.
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The Hon. Jun-ichiro Kuroda, Minister for Economy, Trade, Industry & Energy
Embassy of Japan, Washington, D.C.
November 17, 2016
Minister for Economy, Trade, Industry & Energy
Embassy of Japan, Washington, D.C.
Jun-ichiro Kuroda is a Minister for Economy, Trade, Industry and Energy at the Embassy of Japan. Prior to his current positon, Mr. Kuroda was Director of Americas Division in the Trade Policy Bureau at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). He also served as Japan’s negotiator for the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) chapter of TPP negotiations (a summary of this chapter is linked here). In these roles, Kuroda was involved in various efforts to strengthen US-Japan relationships, such as TPP and US-Japan parallel negotiations, US-Japan energy cooperation, PM Abe’s recent visit to the US and others.
From 2012 to 2013, Mr. Kuroda held the position of Principal Director in the Multilateral Trade System Department where he was responsible for WTO related issues. He also covered Japan-EU EPA negotiations. Mr. Kuroda joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, currently known as METI, in April 1990. Since then, he worked on a variety of trade and economic issues and participated in various international fora such as the WTO, OECD and the APEC.
From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Kuroda served on the Cabinet Affairs Office of the Cabinet Secretariat (Prime Minister’s Office), where he was responsible for coordinating exchanges between executive branch offices and the Diet as well as the preparation of the Prime Minister’s speech drafts for the Diet session. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Kuroda was a New York Office Director for the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Kuroda was Director of Trade and Investment Facilitation Division in the Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, where he was responsible for promoting FDI in Japan.
Mr. Kuroda holds a Masters of Public Policy from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Law from the University of Tokyo. He was born in Kyoto and grew up in Fukuoka and Tokyo.