Notice to the Press
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 2, 2009


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will announce and present the 2009 Secretary of State’s Awards for Corporate Excellence (ACE) on Wednesday, December 9, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the U.S. Department of State.

The Secretary of State awards the ACE in recognition of the vital role that U.S. businesses play worldwide to advance outstanding corporate citizenship, innovation and democratic principles and to highlight the Department’s commitment to promote exemplary business practices globally. This year marks the 11th annual presentation of the ACE.

Two 2009 ACE winners were selected from the following 11 finalists: Chevron Corporation in the Philippines; Cisco Systems in Lebanon; Communication Cellulaire d’Haiti/Voila (Trilogy International Partners); Cummins China; Intel Corporation in Costa Rica; Marriott International in Jordan; Officenet Staples in Argentina; Oracle Corporation in Romania; Protec in Vietnam; TOMS Shoes in Argentina; and White & Case LLP in Russia.

After the presentation of the awards, Robert D. Hormats, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs, will lead the interactive portion of the ACE ceremony via satellite with U.S. Ambassadors and local company executives at the U.S. Embassies which submitted winning nominations.

This event is open for press coverage.

Pre-set time for cameras: 2:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance
Final access time for all press: 3:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

Media representatives may attend this briefing upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).

Press Contacts:

Kerry Humphrey, Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, (202) 647-0677

Office of Press Relations, U.S. Department of State, (202) 647-2492

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PRN: 2009/1207