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Frances Hesselbein Institute Announces Beth Comstock, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of GE as Recipient of Prestigious Leader of the Future Award 

NEW YORK, April 8, 2013 - The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, announced today that on Monday, October 21, 2013, the Institute will present The Leader of the Future Award to Beth Comstock, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of GE. View Sponsorship Package and Online Registration.

The Leader of the Future Award annually honors extraordinary leaders from the public, private and/or social sector who have distinguished themselves as ethical leaders of integrity and character while serving the common good.

According to Frances Hesselbein, President and CEO of the Hesselbein Institute, “We are enthusiastic and privileged to have the opportunity to honor Beth, an effective leader who leads from the heart, has a clear mission and vision for the future, and has a deep respect for all people.”

Beth Comstock leads GE’s growth and market innovation initiatives, including three company-wide platforms: GE Ventures, which partners start-ups with GE capabilities, and ecomagination and healthymagination, which harness innovation for better environmental and health outcomes. As Chief Marketing Officer, she also leads the sales, marketing and communications functions.

“Beth’s story of personal development, leadership, driving innovation at scale, and mentoring others are just a few of the reasons Beth exemplifies a Leader of the Future,” says Hesselbein Institute Chairman and First Round Capital Partner Chris Fralic. 

Previously she served as President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal where she oversaw ad sales, marketing and research, and led the company’s digital media efforts, including the formation of hulu.com, Peacock Equity, and ivillage.com.  

In 2003, she was named GE’s first Chief Marketing officer in more than 20 years. Previously, she held a succession of roles at GE, NBC, CBS and Turner Broadcasting. 

Beth is a member of Nike’s Board of Directors and Trustee president of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in biology.

The Institute will also honor five NEXT Leaders of the Future—leaders age 30 and under—who will be invited to New York City to attend the award dinner and will be recognized for their community contributions. This special recognition was made possible by the generosity of Ginger and William C. Conway. 

The annual Leader of the Future Award Dinner attracts leaders from all sectors—business, government and the social sector—to honor those whose work, career and example inspire citizens around the world. 2012 Leader of the Future Awardees included Michael and Kass Lazerow, co-founders of Buddy Media, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, and General Peter W. Chiarelli (U.S. Army, Ret.) Chief Executive Officer of One Mind for Research. Previous Leader of the Future Award honorees include Alan Mulally, President and CEO of the Ford Motor Company; Andrea Jung, Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Avon Products, Inc.; A.G. Lafley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Procter and Gamble Company; the Honorable Eric K. Shinseki, U.S. Army (Ret.), Secretary for Veterans Affairs; executive coach Marshall Goldsmith and Patricia Shinseki, Advisory Board Member to the White House Initiative, Joining Forces.

The eighth annual Leader of the Future Award Dinner will be held at the Mutual of America Life Insurance Company headquarters, at 320 Park Avenue in New York City, Monday, October 21, 2013.

About The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute

The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute’s mission is: to strengthen and inspire the leadership of the social sector and their partners in business and government. Established in 1990 as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, the Institute furthers its mission by providing social sector leaders with the essential leadership wisdom, inspiration and resources to lead for innovation and diversity and to build vibrant social sector organizations. Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute

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