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Press Release: Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting is Ranked No. 1 Conference for CEOs

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CEO participation at top-tier conferences almost doubled between 2007 and 2009, according to study

New York, NY – According to a study released yesterday by international public relations firm Weber Shandwick, the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting attracted more CEO speakers from top companies than any other major conference in 2009.

“I am incredibly pleased that the Clinton Global Initiative continues to attract top CEOs to our Annual Meeting to discuss and – most important – take action on pressing global issues,” President Clinton said. “The private sector plays a critical role in solving some of the critical issues of our time, from improving global health and education, fighting climate change, and increasing economic empowerment worldwide. I’m grateful these CEOs are proving through the Clinton Global Initiative that businesses can do well by doing good.”

“We are honored that Weber Shandwick recognizes the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting as the No. 1 conference for CEOs,” said Robert S. Harrison, CEO of CGI. “The presence of so many top corporate leaders makes the Annual Meeting an exceptionally productive event. At CGI, we believe that the private sector, the public sector, and civil society must all work together to make the world a better place. That’s why the CEOs who attend our Annual Meeting also have the opportunity to meet with heads of state, directors of the world’s most effective nongovernmental organizations, Nobel Prize winners, and prominent members of the media.”

The Five-Star Conference Study looked at CEOs and C-level executives from the world’s 50 most admired companies, and analyzed how many of them had speaking roles at each event. Weber Shandwick chose the 50 companies using Fortune Magazine’s annual survey of senior global businesspeople, and chose the list of 22 conferences based on client feedback and event media coverage.

The survey showed that CEO participation in top-tier conferences rose 96 percent between 2007 and 2009.

The CEOs who attended CGI’s Annual Meeting in 2009 included: Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.; John T. Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco; James Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JP Morgan Chase & Co.; Mike Duke, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc; Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO, General Electric; Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company; and Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO, ExxonMobil. All of these corporations are on Fortune’s list of the 50 most admired companies in the world.

The 2010 CGI Annual Meeting will take place from September 21-23, 2010, in New York City. This year, the Annual Meeting will focus on four new Action Areas: Empowering Girls and Women, Strengthening Market-Based Solutions, Enhancing Access to Modern Technology, and Harnessing Human Potential.

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