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The CEO Roundtable on Cancer Salutes Founder, President George H. W. Bush

February 15, 2011
Cary, NC

The CEO Roundtable on Cancer salutes its Founder, President George H. W. Bush, who on Monday, February 15th received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Among the many distinguished roles he has undertaken during a lifetime of service to our country, President George H. W. Bush is also the founder and co-chairman of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. The CEO Roundtable on Cancer was founded in 2001, when the former President challenged a group of executives to "do something bold and venturesome about cancer within your own corporate families." The CEOs responded by creating and encouraging the widespread adoption of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard which has now been adopted by more than seventy organizations, large and small, in the U.S.

William C. Weldon, chairman and chief executive officer of Johnson & Johnson, chairs this nonprofit organization of cancer-fighting CEOs who created the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, many of its designated cancer centers, and leading health non-profit organizations and professionals. Today, more than two million employees and family members are benefiting from the vision and leadership of employers who have chosen to become Gold Standard accredited.

“Throughout a lifetime of unprecedented public service, President Bush has taught us that an unwavering commitment to noble work is the true definition of leadership,” said Weldon. “We salute our founder and applaud President Obama for recognizing a true American hero.”

The White House provided the following description of President Bush’s accomplishments as the 43rd United States President presented the nation’s highest civilian to the 41st President:

George Herbert Walker Bush was the 41st President of the United States. Prior to that, he was Vice President in the Reagan Administration, Director of Central Intelligence, Chief of the U.S. Liaison’s Office to the People’s Republic of China, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and a Member of the House of Representatives from the 7th District of Texas. He served in the Navy during World War II. President Bush and President Clinton worked together to encourage aid for victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.