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AS/COA's Susan Segal Awarded Mexico's Order of the Aztec Eagle

September 25, 2012

Americas Society/Council of the Americas President and CEO Receives
Mexico's Highest Honor Awarded to Foreign Citizens

New York, September 25, 2012 – President of Mexico Felipe Calderón bestowed the Order of the Águila Azteca on Americas Society/Council of the Americas President and CEO Susan Segal for her contributions to Mexico in the political and economic fields. Calderón recognized Segal’s contributions to projects that have strengthened the Mexican market and promoted investments in all sectors of the economy.

“Our honoree directs and leads one of the most respected organizations in the political and regional analysis field in the United States, the Council of the Americas," said the President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, who presented the award to Segal during his visit to New York to attend the UN General Assembly. "And we are sure she does it in her tireless purpose of making the Americas a single region, which sees itself as a bloc and should be seen as a bloc working toward constant economic, political, and social progress.” The Mexican government chose to recognize Segal for her three-decade-long career, during which she has worked to raise Latin America's profile among the international community, shedding light on the multiple opportunities that the region has to offer.

The Order of the Aztec Eagle (in Spanish: Orden del Águila Azteca) is the highest decoration awarded by Mexico to foreign citizens. Established by the Mexican Government in 1933, the Águila Azteca in the class of Sash is reserved for government officials, members of royal families, ambassadors, and prominent individuals who have rendered extraordinary services to Mexico. Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Magdy Martinez -Soliman, former UN Resident Coordinator in Mexico were also honored at the ceremony.

Previous recipients of the Order of the Águila Azteca include U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, U.S. Senator of Massachusetts Edward Kennedy (posthumously), former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

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Americas Society is the premier organization dedicated to education, debate, and dialogue in the Americas. Established by David Rockefeller, our mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship.

Council of the Americas is the premier international business organization whose members share a common commitment to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere.