B’nai B’rith International has selected Steve Milligan, president and CEO of Western Digital Corporation (WDC), to receive its Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of key community and corporate leaders from around the world.
The award ceremony will take place May 8, 2014, at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.
“We are very excited to honor Steve Milligan and Western Digital, recognizing their leadership and dedication to the community,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said. “Distinguished achievement is exactly what Steve and Western Digital exemplify.”
Rejoining Western Digital in January 2013, Milligan oversees all operations for the digital information storage company. Western Digital designs and manufactures storage devices and home entertainment products under the WD, HGST, and G-Technology brands. Milligan originally came to Western Digital in 2002 as vice president of finance. In 2007 he joined Hitachi Global Storage Technologies to lead a financial and operational turnaround, allowing for Western Digital’s eventual acquisition of the company.
Milligan and Western Digital’s work extends far beyond the business world, placing a high value on public service and philanthropic commitment. Through the Western Digital Foundation, the company supports educational programs focusing on science, technology, engineering, math and computer literacy, especially those targeting at-risk and underserved youth. The Foundation's global commitment to corporate giving also includes support for disaster relief, basic needs and homeless prevention, environmental stewardship and employee volunteerism.
“I’m truly honored to receive this award from B'nai B'rith and accept it on behalf of all Western Digital employees,” Milligan said. “We strongly believe in giving back to the communities in which we live and work. I’m proud of what we have achieved together and look forward to many more years of philanthropic service and commitment.”
“Steve Milligan is an inspiring chief executive who leads by example in the worlds of business and civic responsibility,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said. “Under Steve’s leadership, Western Digital understands and supports educational programs that are so vital to many young people in this country. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to pay tribute to him and to Western Digital with the Distinguished Achievement Award.”
For more than four decades, B’nai B’rith has presented the Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of the accomplishments of key community and corporate leaders around the world. These exceptional individuals and companies are honored for their community service, dedicated leadership and commitment to improving the lives of the individuals they serve.
About Western Digital Corporation
Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of products and services that empower people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. Its companies design and manufacture storage devices and home entertainment products under the WD, HGST and G-Technology brands. Visit the company's website to access a variety of product and financial information.
B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
A Tennessee state lawmaker’s comments comparing the Affordable Care Act to the extermination of Jews in Nazi Germany are contemptible and ignorant.
Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield wrote on his blog post: “Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign-ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of mandatory sign-ups for 'train rides' for Jews in the '40s."
Nazi imagery should never be invoked for political purposes. The systemic attempt to annihilate an entire population cannot be fodder for anyone trying to make political points.
When criticized publicly for his remarks, Campfield responded that “some people have missed the point,” and that he stands by what he said. It is Campfield who misses the point. The use of Nazi imagery and language to disparage political opponents undermines the magnitude of the Holocaust and trivializes the murder of six million Jews.
Campfield needs to educate himself on the horror of Nazi atrocities. He doesn’t have to go far. The children of Whitwell, Tenn., launched the Paper Clips Project in 1998 as a way to learn about tolerance. The children began collecting paper clips to symbolize the six million Jews killed by Hitler and the Nazi machine. After gaining worldwide attention for the project, they have collected at least 30 million paper clips to date.
B’nai B’rith World Center Announces Winners of 2014 Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportaģe
The B'nai B'rith World Center in Jerusalem announced the 2014 winners of the B’nai B’rith World Center Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportaģe in Memory of Wolf and Hilda Matsdorf.
Matan Hodorov, chief economic correspondent for Channel 10 News, won in the broadcast media category, while Judy Maltz, senior writer for Ha'aretz, took home the award in the print media category. The judges also presented a lifetime achievement award to David Horovitz, founding editor of the Times of Israel and former editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post and Jerusalem Report. The award was given to Horovitz for his dedication to extended Diaspora reportaģe spanning a 30-year career.
Since its establishment in 1992, the B’nai B’rith World Center Award for Journalism has recognized excellence in reporting on contemporary Diaspora-Jewish communities and on the state of Israel-Diaspora relations in Israeli print and electronic media. The award is widely recognized as a prestigious prize in the Israeli media industry. It was established to highlight the important contributions the media can make toward strengthening the relationship between Israel and world Jewry—so essential for the resilience of both—by encouraging quality reporting on Diaspora communities and Israel-Diaspora relations.
“Judging from the continued increase of applicants and entries for the award, there seems to be profound interest in Diaspora Jewry and Israel-Diaspora relations among Israeli journalists that still deserves encouragement and recognition through this important awards project,” B'nai B'rith World Center Director Alan Schneider said.
The distinguished members of the award jury are: Chairman Asher Weill, publisher and editor of ARIEL - The Israel Review of Arts and Letters from 1981 to 2003; Yehudith Auerbach, professor in the School of Communication at Bar Ilan University; Eytan Bentsur, former Ministry of Foreign Affairs director general; Sara Frenkel, former Diaspora correspondent for Israel Radio and 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award winner; Shalom Kital, former director general of News Company and Channel 2; Tamar Liebes, professor and former head of the Department of Communication and Journalism at Hebrew University; Gabriela Shalev, professor and chair of the Higher Academic Council at Ono Academic College, as well as a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations; and Bambi Sheleg, founder and editor-in-chief of Eretz Acheret, and a 2011 award winner.
Hodorov received the award in the broadcast media category for his four-part series entitled “The New Immigrants.” The series focuses on the growing phenomenon of emigration of young Israelis to the United States and Europe due to financial hardships they faced in Israel and the formation of new Jewish clusters in the Diaspora. Before becoming chief economic correspondent at Channel 10 in 2009, Hodorov served as a financial correspondent at Galai Zahal for six years.
Maltz takes home the award in the print media category for a large body of work that appeared in Ha'aretz—in both Hebrew and English—during 2013, including articles about the Greek, Brazilian, Ugandan, Yemenite, American, British and Hungarian Jewish communities. Maltz has also written for The Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem Report and Globes.
The B’nai B’rith World Center Award for Journalism is named for the late Wolf Matsdorf and his wife Hilda. Wolf was an editor of the B’nai B’rith World Center Journal “Leadership Briefing” and a journalist in Israel and Australia. Hilda was a pioneer in social work in both Australia and Israel. The Lifetime Achievement Award is named for Luis and Trudi Schydlowsky.
The Award is made possible through donations from Daniel Schydlowsky, a professor and a member of the B’nai B’rith World Center International Board of Governors, and the Matsdorf family.