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Tim Höttges receives Appeal of Conscience Award

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  • Other prizewinners this year are Susan Wojcicki, Chairman of the Board of YouTube, and Stephen M. Ross, President / Founder of Related Companies. 

The Appeal of Conscience Foundation has presented Tim Höttges with this year's Appeal of Conscience Award, a distinction that was presented to IMF President Lagarde last year. The Chairman of Deutsche Telekom's Board of Management received the award at a ceremony on Monday evening (local time) in New York from former Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte. 

Around 1000 high-ranking guests from politics, business and society attended the ceremony at the famous The Pierre Hotel in New York. Among them were former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Austrian Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein and Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. Other guests included Orange CEO Stephane Richard, John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of Blackstone, Henkel CEO Hans van Bylen, Maurice Levy, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Publicis Group, FC Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeneß and founder Marco Börries.

"Timotheus Höttges is honored for Deutsche Telekom AG's outstanding promotion of education, culture and sustainability, as well as for his commitment to strengthening digital literacy and his high respect for human rights," said Rabbi Arthur Schneier, President of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation.

"I feel highly honored to receive this prestigious award because I share the values of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation with the deepest conviction," said Tim Höttges. "Freedom, democracy and human rights are the core values of humanity. For me, they are also the foundation of good responsible entrepreneurship."

Every year, the prize is awarded to corporate leaders who "take on social responsibility in a special way" and "promote intercultural and interreligious dialogue". The award is intended as a recognition for "innovative and visionary top managers" who "use their resources and cross-border reach to better serve the global community".

Recognition for innovative and visionary top managers

The Appeal of Conscience Foundation is committed to religious freedom and the protection of human rights worldwide. Founded in 1965 by Rabbi Arthur Schneier, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation presents the Appeal of Conscience Award for the 54th time this year.

The Appeal of Conscience Award 2019 will also go to Susan Wojcicki, Chairman of the Board of YouTube, and Stephen M. Ross, President and Founder of Related Companies. 

More recent awardees were, among others: Christine Lagarde - Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (2018), Johann Peter Rupert - President Compagnie Financière Richemont (2018), Brian Moynihan - President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of America (2017), Paul Polman - Chief Executive Officer Unilever (2017), Masayoshi Son - President and Chief Executive Officer SoftBank Group (2017), Andrew N. Liveris - President and Chief Executive Officer The Dow Chemical Company (2016), Carlos Slim (2016), Laurence D. Fink - President and Chief Executive Officer BlackRock (2015), Alex Gorsky - Chief Executive Officer Johnson & Johnson (2015), Robert A. Iger - President and Chief Executive Officer The Walt Disney Company (2014), and Mary T. Barra - Chief Executive Officer General Motors (2014). 

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