Peter T. Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg L.P., will be honored on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, as the seventh recipient of Greenwich Library's Peterson Business Award. Former Chairman & CEO of JPMorgan Chase, William B. Harrison, Jr., will present this prestigious award to Mr. Grauer. Mr. Harrison was the third recipient of the Peterson Business Award.
Peter T. Grauer is Chairman of Bloomberg L.P., the global financial media company that was founded in 1981. He has been a member of the Bloomberg Board since October 1996 and was named Chairman of the Board in March 2001, succeeding Michael R. Bloomberg. Mr. Grauer joined Bloomberg full time in his executive capacities in March 2002. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette from 1992 until 2000 when DLJ was acquired by Credit Suisse First Boston. He served as a Managing Director and Senior Partner of CSFB Private Equity until March 2002. Mr. Grauer is a founder of DLJ Merchant Banking Partners and DLJ Investment Partners. Mr. Grauer graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1968 and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business, Program for Management Development in 1975. Mr. Grauer serves as lead director of Davita, Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a healthcare services company based in California, and has been on the board of directors of over twenty-five public and private companies. He is also a member of the Business Council and serves on its Executive Committee.
Mr. Grauer is President of the Board of Trustees of the Inner City Scholarship Fund in New York City, Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of The Big Apple Circus and Chairman of the External Advisory Board of the Undergraduate Honors Program and the Johnson Center for Undergraduate Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a member of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill National Development Council and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Foundation Board, President of the Pomfret School Board of Trustees and a member of the Board of the USA Cycling Development Foundation, a member of the Board of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and a trustee of Rockefeller University. Mr. Grauer has served as the President of the Board of Trustees of the Irvington Institute for Immunological Research and as a trustee of Greenwich Academy. He is a recent recipient of the Papal Order of Merit. Mr. Grauer is married and resides in Greenwich, Connecticut. He and his wife Laurie have three daughters.
Mr. Harrison is Former Chairman & CEO of JPMorgan Chase where he retired as Chairman at year-end 2006. Previously he had held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Chase Manhattan Corporation from June 1, 1999 and presided over the mergers with J.P. Morgan in 2000 and Bank One in 2004.
Mr. Harrison joined Chemical Bank in 1967 in New York, moved to San Francisco in 1976 to open the bank's first regional office, and then spent five years in London managing the firm's European business. He returned to the U.S. in 1983 and was put in charge of the bank's Global Banking and Corporate Finance Group. Beginning in 1992, he played a leading role in managing and merging the major firms - Chemical, Manufacturers Hanover, Chase Manhattan, J.P. Morgan and Bank One, in addition to Hambrecht & Quist, Flemings and Beacon, creating one of the leading global financial institutions in the world. Mr. Harrison is a director of Merck & Co., Inc., and a director of Cousins Properties, Inc. He is a member of The Business Council. He serves on the Board of Directors of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, is a member of the Board of Overseers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a member of the Board of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Aurora Capital Group, the Advisory Board of Chilton Investment Company, and is a member of the U.S. Advisory Board of Spencer Stuart. He serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Foundation Investment Fund.
Mr. Harrison, who was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, received an A.B. degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School's International Senior Management Programme in Switzerland. Mr. Harrison and his wife, Anne, have two daughters.
The award will be presented at the 2010 Peterson Business Award Dinner, which benefits the Greenwich Library. Library Trustees Jennifer Baldock and Susan Bevan are serving as co-chairs of the event. The event committee includes Nancy Better, Steve Brecher, Ginny Day, Roberta and Steven Denning, Anne Farrell, Regina Pitaro Gabelli, Gary Matthews, Sharon Phillips, Larry Ricciardi and Annette Wilson.
The Peterson Business Award was established by the Greenwich Library and the Peterson Foundation to "recognize and honor an individual whose innovative thinking, leadership, and sustained record of achievement has had a profound impact on the national and global economy, and whose words and deeds have demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and open access to information."
"We are pleased to present the seventh Peterson Business Award to such a distinguished honoree," said David Brownwood, president of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees. "Peter Grauer exemplifies the leadership and vision cited in the award's creation."
The Peterson Business Award Dinner will be held on March 3, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenwich, with an expected attendance of 400 prominent business and community leaders. The dinner is held every other year and is the Library's only major fundraiser. It comes at a time when patrons are turning to the library in record numbers and when its funding is significantly threatened.
The Peterson Business Award is named in honor of Clementine Lockwood Peterson, whose 1992 bequest of $25 million made possible a new 32,000 square-foot wing at the Greenwich Library. Designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, this wing contains expanded business and music collections. Mrs. Peterson's gift was made in memory of her son, Jonathan, and her husband, J. Whitney Peterson. The Peterson Business Award was conceived in order to celebrate Mrs. Peterson's extraordinary generosity and to recognize outstanding business leadership.
Past honorees and presenters include:
1997- Honoree: Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IBM Presenter: Former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford
2000- Honoree: Sanford Weill, Chairman of Citigroup Presenter: Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin
2002- Honoree: William B. Harrison, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JP Morgan Chase Presenter: Lynne Cheney, author and wife of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney
2004- Honoree: Dr. Henry A. McKinnell, Chairman and CEO of Pfizer Inc. Presenter: Ellen V. Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History
2006- Honoree: Thomas J. Neff, Chairman of Spencer Stuart Presenter: Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Electric Corporation
2008- Honoree: Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo Presenter: Yale President Richard C. Levin
For additional information or tickets to this event, please contact Sharlene Cameron, Greenwich Library Development Director, at (203) 622-7957 or firstname.lastname@example.org.