Distinguished Executive Dinner (1996)

For immediate release: 04/29/96

Contact: Margie Yu,
Public Affairs Assistant
(323) 343-3047

CEO Binder Named SBE's Distinguished Executive for '96

Los Angeles, CA -- April 29, 1996 -- More than 500 guests will join the School of Business and Economics (SBE) in honoring Gordon M. Binder as the school's Distinguished Executive for 1996 at an elegant dinner to be held in the International Ballroom of the Pasadena Hilton Hotel on Friday, May 17.

Binder is president and CEO of Amgen Inc., a global biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets therapeutics based on advanced cellular and molecular biology. His firm is in the forefront in developing products to be used for myriad purposes, among them bone marrow transplants, dialysis treatments, and in treating leukemia and chronic hepatitis C viral infections, HIV infections, Lou Gehrig's disease, and Parkinson's disease.

The Distinguished Executive Award is the highest honor the school bestows on an individual. According to SBE Dean Ronald S. Lemos, "The award reflects the school's commitment to excellence and the belief that visionary leadership in the business community is absolutely critical as our country looks ahead to the challenges of the 21st century."

Many prominent California businesses will be represented at the annual event which will be emceed by Jim Newman, Financial Editor at KTLA (Channel 5) and KFWB. Numerous firms will host the selected SBE students at their corporate tables, and several members of the SBE alumni chapter as well.

Recent Distinguished Executive recipients include Philip J. Quigley, chairman, president and CEO of Pacific Telesis Group; Edward M. Carson, chairman and CEO of First Interstate Bank; and Thomas V. McKernan, Jr., president and CEO of the Automobile Club of Southern California. Both Quigley and McKernan are SBE alumni.

Proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships and faculty development programs. For more information, call the CSLA School of Business and Economics, (323) 343-2800.

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