Lee Iacocca, who looks back on a distinguished career in the American automotive industry, has received GGI’s Excellency Award. He is perhaps best known for spearheading the development of Ford Mustang and Pinto cars while at the Ford Motor Company in the 1960s and for reviving the Chrysler Corporation where he served as President and CEO from 1978, and additionally as chairman from 1979 until his retirement at the end of 1992.
Iacocca was a passionate advocate of U.S. business exports during the 1980s. He is the author (or co-author) of several books, including Iacocca: An Autobiography (with William Novak), and Where Have All the Leaders Gone?
In 1988, Iacocca established the Iacocca Institute in partnership with Lehigh University. The idea of this was based on two main questions: How do you go about building global leadership? And how do you demonstrate to people from different cultures that their similarities outweigh their differences?