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PRESS RELEASE: I3A Presents 2007 Leadership Award to Antonio M. Perez, Chairman and CEO of Eastman Kodak Company
LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)-- Mar. 12, 2007 The International Imaging Industry Association (I3A), the leading global association for the imaging industry, has conferred its prestigious annual Leadership Award upon Antonio M. Perez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Eastman Kodak Company. Mr. Perez received the honor at I3A's yearly Spotlight Reception held Friday evening, March 9, in conjunction with the PMA 2007 conference taking place here last week.
Awarded annually since 1980, I3A's Leadership Award recognizes those individuals in the international imaging community who have exhibited the exemplary qualities and innovative vision of a leader. Recent recipients of the award include Fumio Iwai of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. (2006), Vyomesh Joshi of HP (2005), Shigetaka Komori of Fuji Photo Film Co. (2004), Friedrich Hujer of Agfa-Gevaert (2003), and Philippe Kahn of LightSurf Technologies (2002).
"It is an honor to present this year's award to Antonio Perez," said Lisa Walker, President, International Imaging Industry Association. "His vision is guiding Kodak through its most challenging transformation ever: from film giant to an industry leader in the digital age. With his international experience and track record of success in innovative initiatives boldly undertaken, Mr. Perez is an exemplary leader for the 21st century. I3A applauds his efforts, and collectively looks forward to working hand in hand with Kodak for many years to come."
"My thanks to the I3A Board of Directors and to I3A members for giving me this prestigious award, which I would like to share with all of Kodak's dedicated employees," said Mr. Perez. "We have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with this organization, and it is gratifying to see the leadership roles our employees are playing in launching and driving recent important and successful I3A initiatives. As the future unfolds for both of us, I have no doubt that our paths will continue to be intertwined."
Antonio M. Perez joined Kodak as President and Chief Operating Officer in April 2003, was elected Chief Executive Officer in May 2005, and became Chairman of the company's Board of Directors in January 2006. He has extensive expertise in digital imaging technologies, including a 25-year career at HP, where he spearheaded that company's efforts to build a business in digital imaging and electronic publishing.
Just prior to joining Kodak, Mr. Perez provided counsel to large investment firms on the effect of technology shifts on financial markets. Previously, he was President and CEO of Gemplus International, where he led the effort to take the company public and transformed it into the leading Smart Card-based solution provider in wireless and financial markets.
In addition to his responsibilities at Kodak, Mr. Perez provides leadership in the global business community, serving on the Diversity Best Practices CEO Initiative, The Business Council, the Business Roundtable, and the International Consultative Conference on the Future Economic Development of Guangdong Province, China, an advisory body for the Governor of Guangdong, China. He is a native of Spain.
About the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A)
I3A is the leading global imaging industry association, driving growth of and setting standards for the photographic and information imaging markets. As the industry focal point, I3A offers a framework and environment where members can quickly find resources to solve critical issues and develop market solutions. Members of I3A work together to find common ground for advancing the industry and to enable better products and services for their customers.
I3A is an accredited Standards Developing Organization, serving as secretariat for the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 42 (ISO/TC42) on Photography, and as administrator for the USA Technical Advisory Group for this committee. Information about I3A can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.i3a.org or by phone at +1 914-285-4933.
(First posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 at 21:49 EDT)