Last month Emory presented awards to two individuals for their
significant contributions to globalization. On April 27, Thomas
Remington, professor and chair of political science, received the
Marion V. Creekmore Award for Internationalization; on April 30,
the Sheth Distinguished International Alumni Award was presented
to Hamish Taylor (’84MBA), CEO of Vision UK.
Established through a gift from Marianne and Claus Halle, the Creekmore Award
is given each year to a member of Emory’s faculty or staff who excels in
advancing the University’s commitment to internationalization. Remington,
an expert on the development of representative institutions in post-communist
Russia, has been a leading voice for internationalization and scholarship with
an international focus since his arrival at Emory in 1978.
He was founding director of Emory’s program in Russian and East European
studies and contributed foundational guidance and formative ideas to the Halle
Institute for Global Learning. As Halle Distinguished Professor from 1997–2002,
he organized yearly seminars focused on international topics, involving more
than 40 Emory faculty participants and scholars from other institutions.
Remington led three Halle Research Seminar delegations to international conferences
in Ghent and Brussels (Belgium), Budapest (Hungary) and Istanbul (Turkey), and
has organized other international conferences on the Emory campus.
Remington was selected from a 26-member pool of impressive individuals from across
the University. The five-member selection committee, chaired by Holli Semetko,
vice provost for international affairs and director of the Halle Institute, included
Harriet King, senior vice provost for academic affairs; Tom Arthur, dean of the
School of Law; and three previous award recipients: professors Ken Stein and
Kenneth Walker and former Halle director Marion Creekmore, for whom the award
Taylor, recipient of the 2004 Sheth Award, directs the United Kingdom arm of
Vision, an innovative technology and business-design company with major clients
around the world, including Time Warner, General Motors and Citibank.
Now in its third year, the Sheth Award was established by a gift from Mahdu and
Jagdish Sheth, Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing in Goizueta Business
School. The award seeks to recognize Emory’s international
alumni who have distinguished themselves in service to universities, governments,
private firms or nongovernmental organizations.
Taylor thanked the Sheths for establishing the award and for “building
the profile of Emory within the international community,” and also commented
that “there is a big population of international alumni, and I know they
share my enthusiasm for Emory.
If we can tap into them, we really can build the
reputation of this University in places where it’s not so well known.”
Before joining Vision in 2002, Taylor spent two years as CEO of Sainsbury’s
Bank. From 1997–99, he served as managing director of Eurostar (UK) Ltd.
and later as CEO of the Eurostar Group, the organization that oversees Eurostar’s
business in the UK, France and Belgium. From 1993–97, he was head of brand
management at British Airways with responsibility for the airline’s passenger
brands, including the Concorde. In addition to his Goizueta MBA, he holds a master’s
degree in economics with honors from St. Andrew’s University in Scotland,
where he was a recipient of one of the prestigious Bobby Jones scholarships.
The six-member selection committee for the 2004 Sheth Award, also chaired by
Semetko, included President Jim Wagner; Eugene Bianchi, director of the Emeritus
College; Kent Linville, dean of academic affairs at Oxford College; Bob Pennington,
vice president of alumni affairs and special programs; Jonas Shulman, executive
associate dean of medicine; and Thomas Aaberg, professor and chair of ophthalmology.