CEO Wins Principled Achievement Award

The Raymond A. Mason School of Business and its MBA Program presented its Principled Achievement Award to the Global Chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, AnnaMaria DeSalva at a ceremony in Arlington, VA last night.

The award recognizes a leader who embraces the pillars of Principled Achievement, an ethical leadership paradigm created at the Mason School and launched in its MBA program. The pillars include serving as a role model for principled leadership, promoting diversity of thought, demonstrating ethical, compassionate behavior, and embracing the tenants of the William & Mary Honor Code.

“I am truly humbled and honored to receive this award, following in the footsteps of the first recipient, former Mason School Dean Larry Pulley, whose visionary leadership helped build this into one of the finest business schools in the country,” said DeSalva. “William & Mary has a long and distinguished history of producing principled leaders whose achievements reflect their commitment to serve and to make a difference on campus, in the community, across industries, enterprise, and worldwide.”

DeSalva was appointed global chairman and CEO of Hill+Knowlton, one of the world’s top strategic communication firms, in June 2019. Earlier in her career, she served in a number of corporate leadership and consultancy roles including chief communications officer at DuPont and vice president of corporate affairs at Pfizer.

“Throughout her career as a communicator, decision-maker, and leader on a large scale, AnnaMaria has demonstrated a passion for making a positive difference in the world,” said Todd Mooradian, Dean of the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary. “That, and her other-centric approach, makes her an excellent example of the Principled Achievement Leader.”

The Principled Achievement Initiative at the Mason School embraces values-based leadership while educating and encouraging the next generation of leaders to lead lives of principled achievement.