Business School honors five grads with Alumni Achievement Award

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Harvard Business School (HBS) has announced that five distinguished graduates will receive the School’s highest honor, the Alumni Achievement Award. The award is given annually to recognize alumni who are leaders in their fields and who exemplify the mission, highest standards, and values of the School. As role models of outstanding leadership for HBS’ graduating students, the recipients will be honored at the School’s Commencement ceremony on May 25.

This year’s award recipients are Reshma Kewalramani, M.D., FASN (GMP 18, 2015), CEO and president, Vertex Pharmaceuticals; Depelsha Thomas McGruder (M.B.A. 1998), COO and treasurer, Ford Foundation; founder, Moms of Black Boys United; Raymond J. McGuire (J.D./M.B.A. 1984), president, Lazard; Antonis C. Samaras (M.B.A. 1976), member, Hellenic Parliament, Greek prime minister, 2012–2015; and Stephen A. Schwarzman (M.B.A. 1972), chairman, CEO, and cofounder, Blackstone.

“This year’s Alumni Achievement Award winners have established themselves as great leaders, not by making the easy choice, but by taking risks and doing what they knew needed to be done to achieve something greater than the status quo,” said HBS Dean Srikant Datar. “They serve as examples to the entire HBS community, and especially our soon-to-be graduating students, of leaders who make a difference in the world.”

Throughout their careers, these remarkable graduates have contributed significantly to their organizations and communities while upholding the highest standards and values in everything they do. As such, they represent the best of the School’s alumni and are role models for all who aspire to have an impact on both business and society.

For more than 50 years, the Alumni Achievement Awards have honored individuals whose strategic vision drives their work, whose creativity and innovation inspire those around them, whose character and values are exemplary, and whose leadership — in their careers and communities — is an example for others to follow. They truly are leaders who make a difference in the world.

More detailed information on each of the recipients can be found on the School’s Alumni Achievement Awards website.